President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that he said no to a Ndebele Monarchy and said he did so because he feels we cannot have a kingdom in a republic, New Zimbabwe reports.
President Mnangagwa said this during a Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Coordinating Committee when he said he received a letter from the people who were lobbying for the return of the Ndebele Kingdom and he had to say no:
Zimbabwe is a republic, there are people who wanted to revive the Ndelebe Kingdom in Matabeleland, and we said no, we cannot have a kingdom in a republic. Zimbabwe is a republic, there can only be chiefs not kings, senior and junior, different levels but there are chiefs.
I got a letter on Wednesday from the grandson of King Lobengula saying thank you President for recognising Matshobana Khumalo, my great, great uncle. That’s what is done. He did not write a letter saying he wants to be king. No, he wrote a letter appreciating how we have recognised a general of my grandfather Lobengula or Mzilikazi, that’s what is done.
According to the publication, the Royal Crown Trust on behalf of relevant chiefs and traditional leaders has reportedly chosen Bulelani as the successor to the throne. Meanwhile, Mthwakazi Republic Party been advocating for a breakaway from Zimbabwe to form the Matabele Kingdom.
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