GOMANI ROYAL FAMILY DISPUTES – HOW IT ALL BEGAN
By Charles M. Govati.
Please note that this Report was compiled after the 3rd Novemeber 2010 meeting of the Gomani Royal Family. The minutes of that meeting are also available on request.
This report has been written in order to put on record some of the critical events that have happened after the Sleeping of Inkosi Ya Makosi Kanjedza Gomani 4. The report is not aimed at discrediting any person but aims at bring into perspective all the issues which have led the current stalemate in the Gomani Royal Household. The report also serves to present our personal position and view points on issues which persecuted us since the death of Ngwenyama Kanjedza Gomani 4. This
The report is divided into four parts.
- The Introduction.
- Background events which have brought the stalemate
- The report of the six Philip Gomani Royal family households meeting.
- The reflections, view points and recommendations of the Gomani Royal Household.
As you will notice from the report, it is clear that there is no issue which has been conclusively resolved. Most issues on the agenda were not tackled and a lot of questions still remain unanswered. Therefore there is need for several more meetings to iron out the differences. What this meeting managed to achieve was that:-
- At least, they have finally succeeded to meet as The Gomani Royal family”.
- They have attempted to tackle one or two burning issues while avoiding disruption of the meetings due to entrenched view points.
- We also managed to discuss the sticky and critical issue of the Regency despite that they failed to conclusively conclude who should replace Mrs Malinki as regent.
- We also manage to raise awareness of Mrs Malinki on her Cultural and Traditional obligations in looking after Socio-economic needs and support for the Gomani 4 Royal Family despite having personal differences with individuals.
- We also managed to agree that Nkosini is the official home and village of the Inkosikati. Full lobola was paid and she cannot be banished from Lizulu nor her Royal household.
It is also clear from the briefing which Mr Henry Gomani gave after the meeting at Lizulu on 3rd November 2010 and in the letter dated 3rd November 2010 to the District Commissioner of Ntcheu that:-
- At the moment, though Mrs Rosemary Malinki continues to act as regent, she is not the rightful person to act as a regent. We are to pursue this issue until an amicable final resolution is reached based on the conduct of the regent, but most likely through the Courts due to the uncompromising attitude of Mrs Malinki and some Impis from Blantyre.
- The Memorial service of Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani 4 was cancelled as it was cultural and traditionally unprocedural to host the memorial service before a 2 year mourning period. It was also unprocedural to start preparing the event without consulting the 6 Philip Gomani Families and without building tombstones for both Gomani 3 and Gomani 4.
- The events marking the memorial of the Inkoses will commence in May of 2011.
The Agenda of the meeting was set on 14th October 2010 during the meeting of the 6 Philip Gomani 2 families and the Inkoses at the Ntcheu DC’s office. The meeting was convened after Frank & Zwelithini Gomani launched a complaint to the Minister of Local Government. Main complaint sighted was the mistreatment and isolation which the Family of Late Kanjedza Gomani 4 was receiving from the regent and her support machinery. The meeting was sanctioned by the Minister of Local Government and was presided over by the Distict Commissioner for Ntcheu. During the meeting it became clear that all the Maseko Inkoses were either not aware of the dictates of Maseko Ngoni Law and Tradition or they were playing hide and seek games with the issues which were presented to them to resolve on behalf of the Royal family members.
Realizing that a solution to the various issues raised will not come by through the Maseko Inkosis, The Ntcheu DC, Mr Macleod Kadamanja proposed that all the 6 Philip Gomani families convene a family meeting to discuss all the internal and sensitive matters. During the discussions, members of the 6 six Philip Gomani households selected me, Henry Hastings Gomani, to be the interim Head of the Philip Gomani Royal Family which constitutes the traditionally legal Royal family. I was given the mandate to convene family meetings of the Gomani Royal households and report the proceeding and resolutions to the DC. It was during this meeting where it was discussed and agreed that all the 6 Philip Gomani 2 families must convene the first meeting to map a united way forward on the following issues :-
- Identification of the Gomani Royal Household members
- Current state of the Regency.
- Upbringing of Crown Prince Mswati & His Ngoni Education
- Respect of the Royal Family
- Leadership & Communication within the Royal Family
- Monies and Property for the Deceased estates of Late Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani 4
- Financial and material Support and care for The Inkosikati and Kanjedza Gomani 4 children.
- Education of the other children of Kanjedza Gomani namely Frank, Zwelithini Thembisile and Lumbani Gomani
- Construction of tombstones for late Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani 3 and 4
- Memorial services for all past Ngwenyama’s From Gomani 1 to 4
- Roles and Duties of Inkoses towards the Gomani Royal family
- Roles and Duties of Impis towards the Gomani Royal family
- The Maseko Gomani Trust
The date and Venue of the meeting.
We, the families agreed that 3rd November 2010 would be the date of the meeting. The meeting was scheduled to take place at Ntcheu DEM’s conference room at Ntcheu boma. This venue was chosen because it was a neutral venue and also convenient place for all the families in terms of transport. However, the Ntcheu DC decided against this venue because the issues were of a traditional nature and we needed a traditional setting. We then changed the venue to Gomani Chikuse Memorial site ground in Ntcheu. However, the family of Willard Gomani 3, which is holding the disputed regency, was not in favour of Ntcheu as a venue. They in turn proposed Lizulu, the current seat of the paramouncy as a venue. After careful considerations and the need to ensure that the meeting takes place, We agreed to Lizulu as a venue despite the fears that the venue was not neutral and polarized against the other Gomani families.
BACKGROUND OF THE EVENTS WHICH LED TO THE MEETING WITH THE HON MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
THE EARLY HARD SHIP FACED BY THE FAMILY KANJEDZA GOMANI 4
Just after the death of Ngwenyama Kanjedza Gomani 4, a lot of issues sprung up against the Gomani 4 royal household. Most of the early issues were spearheaded by the regent against the Inkosikati and the children of the royal house. The main issues which we reported to the previous Minister of Local government were :-
- The welfare of the bereaved family.
- No upkeep money for the family.
- All condolence money MK 792,000.00 + MK 200,000.00 (from Lingalawe) was taken by Rosemary Malinki without giving a single penny to Inkosikati and children for up keep.
- The Schooling of Mswati and his brothers.
- No support from Royal family to Nkosikati.
- Property grabbing.
- Being prevented from using the vehicles.
- Being prevented from accessing her husband’s accounts.
- Cattle were seized and taken away to Mr Donda kraal for safe keeping.
- The expressed will/wish of the late Kanjedza Gomani 4 was ignored by the regent despite several appeal
- His son Mswati to be crowned.
- Regent to be Josephine Zakulanda and He had good reason for this choice.
- Offer from trust for Mswati’s school was ignored despite that it was pre arranged by our father with the Gomani Trust. The Offer included
- One year fully sponsored at Mtendere Secondary School.
- Thereafter to continue schooling in Swaziland.
- Psychological torture from sister in-laws, nephews and nieces.
- Saying that she killed her husband deliberately.
The Ritual Gathering after 33 days of mourning.
During this ceremony on 31st October 2010 a lot of people attended to witness the passing of 33 days of mourning for our sleeping Ngwenyama. Some of the prominent people who attended the ceremony included :-
- Hon Assan Lipande
- Prof, Timpunza Mvula
- Impi Wilfred Katola Nyoni
- Mr Kadamanja. DC Ntcheu
- Thandanjani S. Gomani
- Owen Gomani
- Charles Govati
- Collins Chibondo
- Inkosi Njolomole
- Inkosi Masasa
- Inkosi Champiti
- Inkosi Ganya
- Inkosi Phambala
- Inkosi Kwataine
- Inkosi Mpando
- Inkosi Bvumbwe
- Eti India
- Black India
- Henry Gomani
- Titus Gomani
- Mswati Gomani
- Rosemary Malinki
- Edith Gomani
- Thoko Malinki
- Zithe Malinki
- Doreen Kamaliza
- Sailane Malinki
- Mr Chatepa
- Mr Whayo
- Albert S. Gomani
- Mr Mbereswa
- Mr Mpalale
- Ben Chibwe
- Lumbani Gomani
- Thembisile Gomani
- Marjory Ngaunje
- Dave Lingalawe
- Sympathy Chisale
- Bema Ziphondo
- Members of the Adventist University Chior
- Members of the CCAP Clergy
- Members of Mzamani Village and Lizulu in general
The Closed meeting which nominated and selected Mrs Malinki as Regent.
As time drew closer for the main ceremony on the ground in front of the grave site at lizulu, the following people were called into a private circus meeting to deliberate on the possible candidates to become regent. The procedure is that the Royal family members nominate the possible candidate(s) and presents the name(s) to the counsel of Inkoses who approve or reject the proposed name(s). The people who formed the circus as Royal family members were :-
- Inkosi Phambala
- Titus Gomani
- Edith Gomani
- Rosemary Malinki
- Mr Bema Ziphondo
- Mr Black India
- Miss Eti India
- Mrs Marjore Ngaunje
- Inkosi Champiti
It is this elite group of supporters and friends of Mrs Malinki which proposed and declared that they had chosen her to become the regent. As you will notice, this group does not qualify the definition of Royal Family. Secondly it is important to note that the DC for Ntcheu was present during the ceremony but he refused to join the caucus as he felt this was a traditional matter. We were therefore surprised as members of the Royal family that the DC accepted the notion that the regent was nominated by the Royal House of Gomani.
The Presentation of the Selected Name of the Regent to the Counsel of Inkoses.
After the caucus had selected Mrs Malinki, Inkosi Phambala took the name for presentation to the Counsel of Inkoses. When the name was delivered, all the Inkoses started dispersing as they did not want to discuss the name of Mrs Malinki. It was only Inkosi Njolomole and Inkosi Bvumbwe who remained in the Royal House. Inkosi Njolomole started shedding tears for what was happening and gave the following comment: – The problem is that when we select a family member to become a regent, they always do not easily give back the throne to the owner.
Several Impis, who were present, lead by Impi Wilfred Katola tried to recall the other inkoses to come back and discuss the regent issue but they all denied. It was clear on this day that the Inkoses were not interested in the name and did not want to be part of the endorsing process.
The Announcement of the Name of the Regent
All the people gathered for the main memorial ceremony and some of the Inkoses regrouped to attend. When the religious service had completed, Mr Titus Gomani was requested to announce the name of the regent as Mrs Malinki. After the announcement, there was clear commotion on the sidelines as the Samson Gomani family were clearly protesting and were being contained by the police which were present. After the ceremony, they furiously confronted Mr Titus Gomani as to why he announced the name of Anamaseko. His reply was that he did not want to cause trouble at a ceremony like this one as he felt there is a better forum to handle these issues and not in public. He also said that he was also not happy with the selection but it was Miss Eti India who proposed the name.
This is how Mrs Malinki came to be the current regent. The process did not follow Ngoni law, culture and Tradition. This was how the current regency crisis was triggered.
Interaction with the District Commissioner for Ntcheu, Mr Macloud Kadamanja.
The interaction between the Gomani Royal Household and the DC for Ntcheu changed and transformed to a cat and mouse relationship. It became clear that the DC was behind the scenes working against the Gomani royal Household by writing letters to Government in support of the Regent. The basis of these actions was that the Inkoses in Ntcheu wrote a letter to the DC informing him that they selected and endorsed Mrs Malinki as the Regent. In response we were told that the government approved and endorsed Mrs Malinki as the Acting Inkosi ya Makosi.
While we were not very worried with development, we were concerned that the DC and Mrs Malinki started sidelining the appeals of assistance from the royal house and supported the mistreatment of Inkosikati and her children. It soon became clear that the DC was more of a foe than a friend who could represent justice in the modern day rule of law.
The death of Princes Thokozile the Eldest Daughter of Mrs Malinki
The death and burial of Thokozile Malinki marked the climax of confusion and lack of unity within the Gomani Royal household. The way funeral ceremony was handled and rushed leaved a lot to be desired from the regent. There were no consultations and discussions as a family on the proceedings and a lot of relatives and friends shunned the Royal Household. We thought that Thokozile was one of us and she deserved a proper burial and mourning period.
As the memorial ceremony preparations for Gomani 4 were at an advanced stage, We from the Royal family expected that the memorial service would be cancelled as respect for the passing of Thokozile. To our surprise we learnt that the regent has quickened the burial of Thokozile to ensure that the memorial service goes ahead. This was very untraditional & uncultured move which stunned most of us who were observing the issues unfold. It was from this moment onwards that it was clear to most elders in the Royal establishment that Mrs Malinki required serious counsel. She was taking the Maseko Ngoni establishment into unchartered territory.
Meeting with The Maseko Gomani Trust on 24th October 2010 – The Turning Point Event
The Gomani 4 Royal household decided to meet the Maseko Gomani Trust which was established by their Sleeping father Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani 4. In their perception, they were wondering why the Trust is not assisting them with the various issues and wanted to understand the Trust position and how they could assist the Gomani 4 family in resolving the issues which were now becoming unbearable.
When the business of the fifth Amang’amane Maseko Gomani Trust was officially closed at 16:00hrs on Saturday 24th October in Ntcheu DEM’s Conference room, the Task force that was instituted by the regent Mrs. Rosemary Malinki led by Leonard Chikadya entered the conference room to present their concerns to the Amang’amane Maseko Gomani Trust on behalf of the Gomani Royal Family.
The Task force was chaired by Leonard Chikadya with Inkosi Kwataine and Prof Timpunza Mvula as members. As soon as the task force entered the conference room, the Gomani Royal family led by Mr. Henry Gomani also found their way into the conference room since they are the Gomani royal family. Rolf Andrews who is the chairman of the Trust welcomed the task force and asked Mr. Leonard Chikadya to introduce his team. After the introduction of the Task force members, Rolf Andrews introduced his fellow trustees before handing over back to Leonard Chikadya to deliver their concerns to the Trust.
When Mr Leonard Chikadya started to speak people listened attentively. To everybody’s surprise Mr Leonard Chikadya requested the chairman to remove the video camera because it was not in their interest to video record the discussions. This request surprised the Chairman of the Trust. However the Chairman of the trust clarified to Mr Leonard Chikadya that all the Trust meetings are video graphed for the documentation purposes of the Trust and that the videos are strictly private, confidential and not for public consumption. But Mr. Leonard Chikadya strongly insisted that the Camera must be switched off for fear of manipulating the contents of the video if the material falls in wrong hands.
Then Rolf asked his fellow trustees one by one whether the dialogue must really proceed exclusive of a camera. Trustees Levi Mihowa and Helen Singh were of the opinion that the camera ought to be switched off. But trustee Charles Govati opposed to the idea and maintained that the deliberations have to be video graphed, alluding to the fact that some people are not honest and sincere in their transactions, therefore not trustworthy and unfaithful to accept as true, hence video recording was vital and imperative to avoid altering of conclusions. Subsequent to various persuasions they agreed to switch off the camera and went on with the conference.
The participants were dismayed at the second request by Leonard Chikadya who demanded the exit of the Gomani family members who were present in the meeting. These include; Inkosikati Rhoda Gomani, Frank Gomani, Zwelithini Gomani, Dingswayo Gomani, Owen Gomani, Henry Gomani, Hlala Kammwamba Jere. Leonard Chikadya urged that the task force wanted to meet the trust and not anybody else.
Rolf Andrews did not understand why Mr Leonard Chikadya and his team wanted the Gomani family members out of the meeting. The Chairman thought that, since the Task force came with concerns from Mrs. Malinki, who is also a member of the royal household, similarly the Gomani Royal family members who were present on this day were also part and parcel of the same family they were claiming to represent. But Mr. Leonard Chikadya maintained his stand that they should not attend the meeting site the reason that whole Royal family was not well represented.
Then Rolf Andrews, in his capacity as the chairman of the Trust, called the trust members to confer the matter outside, leaving the Chikadya task force and the Gomani family members face to face. The absence of the trustees, the situation degenerated into a verbal war as The Gomani Royal family members took the task force to task. First were Frank and Zwelithini who wondered which Gomani royal family they were representing and who they were working for. Dingiswayo further wondered why they did not want the Gomani family members to attend to the discussions with the Trust of which they are also equally the owners and beneficiaries.
Inkosikati also took her turn accusing the task force members of double standards, betrayal and turning a blind eye to the current problems she was facing with the children. She accused Mr Chikadya of advising his late husband that Anamseko had mismanaged the kingdom during her regency and he urged Kanjedza Gomani to fix the problems which were created by Anamaseko. The Inkosikati informed Mr Chikadya that she was surprised with him now that she working with the very anamaseko she was accusing of messing up things to mess things and issue even more. She accused Mr. Chikadya of unforgivable betrayal because now She, the Inkosikati is suffering because of the advice and support he gives to anamaseko. She also accused Prof Timpunza Mvula for character assassination and challenged him to produce evidence of his claims about Inkosikati being a prostitute. None of the task force members to responded to the queries which were coming from the members of Royal household.
After some succinct discussion outside the room, the trustees emerged and Rolf Andrews called off the discussions by officially declaring the end of the meeting.
But in his last words Mr. Leonard Chikadya thanked the chairman for accepting to meet the task force and his effort to control the situation, and then he asked the Chairman to read the document of grievances during his free time.
Outside the conference room the Gomani family confronted Mr. Chikadya and accused him of bringing division and confusion amongst the royal family members. After their verbal assault the Gomani royal family members went to caution him and his team to immediately stop interfering with Royal family issue and taking lead role in the issues of the Gomani royal family. He was told point blank that he is not a Gomani or a member of the royal family.
The grievances presented in the paper from the Anamaseko Task Force were as follows :-
The Proceedings of the Gomani Royal Family meeting on 3rd November 2010 at Lizulu.
The meeting was indeed convened on 3rd November 2010 at 11:00am. There were a lot of people who came to attend the meeting who included.
- Mr Black India
- Miss Eti India
- Mr Whayo Elder
- Mr Whayo Junior
- Mr Mbereswa
- Mrs. Mwale
- Mr. Maele
- Emily Makonyola
- Vincent Makonyola
- Impi Kam’mwamba Jere
- Impi Leonard Chikadya
- Mr. Thadzi
- Mrs. Thadzi
- Collins Chibondo
- Two Policemen from Lizulu police unit
All these people we not given the opportunity to attend the main family meeting. On the othehand, Inkosikati Rhoda also did not attending this first meeting because she lost her sister the same day and she went to Salima accompanying the body of her deceased sister for burial. The other members of the Gomani 4 Family followed her to funeral in Salima the same day after the meeting. This sudden death of Inkosikati’s sister also threatened to stop the meeting.
The first Gomani Only Private meeting.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Henry Gomani who was the Chairman of the discussions informed the people who had convened for the meeting that the meeting was intended for only the Gomani Royal Family as they were going to discuss private Royal family issues. Mr Henry Gomani therefore requested all non Gomani family members to go out as this meeting. This process served to identify The True Gomani Royal household as presented below.
- Henry Hastings Philip Gomani
- Owen Titus. P. Gomani
- Kungoni Samson. P. Gomani
- Dingiswayo Samson. P. Gomani
- Madalo Titus. P. Gomani
- Loveness Titus. P. Gomani
- Thandanjani Samson. P. Gomani
- Albert Samson. P. Gomani
- Frank Kanjedza.W. P. Gomani
- Zwelithini Kanjedza.W. P. Gomani
- Rosemary Willard. P. Gomani
- Edith Willard.P. Gomani
- Charles Kudeni (Son of Simasi Daughter Philip Gomani 2
- Steward Mwale ( Son of Lineti the First Child/Daughter of Philip Gomani 2
The Second Round meeting with all interested people who were waiting outside for the resolutions.
After the Private Gomani Royal Family meeting, all the other interested people who had gathered earlier in the day were called into the meeting for a briefing. The briefing was done by Mr Henry Gomani and only centered on two main issues and these were :-
- Cancellation of the memorial ceremony and preparations to resume in May 2010
- Continuation of Mrs Malinki as regent under observation to change character and style of leadership. She was requested to take care of the needs of the Gomani 4 family.
After Henry Gomani asked the non Gomani family members to excuse themselves in order to pave way for only Gomani family members to discuss, some people felt offended and first to express his sentiments was Mr. Mbereswa who challenged the decision by asking if their assistance will be required if things go wrong during the meeting
Mrs. Chinseu supported Mr. Mbereswa by commenting that though they were being asked to go out of the meeting, it is the non Gomani family members who are actively involved in all the issues under discussion and they have been very supportive during funerals and celebrations of the royal household.
Outside the meeting hall some people wondered why the meeting was strictly to Gomani family members while the issues in question were concerning the Gomani paramouncy to which every Maseko Ngoni was related.
Worse than that when the meeting was in progress some people outside the meeting wanted to enter and disrupt the meeting citing that the meeting had taken too long. So they were fermenting the intention to stop the meeting thinking that some Gomani family members especially from Samson’s royal family had come with the aim of snatching the Paramouncy from Lizulu.
In his opening remarks Whayo junior said that the meeting has been convened in order for the Royal household to discuss on the misunderstandings and mismanagement of traditional & cultural issues to the benefit of regent and has brought damaging effects on the Gomani Royal house.
These were the main issues that were discussed
The Agenda of the meeting was set on 14th October 2010 during the meeting of the 6 Philip Gomani 2 families and the Inkoses at the Ntcheu DC’s office. During the meeting, was presided over by the Ntcheu DC, it was discussed and agreed that all the 6 Philip Gomani 2 families must convene a meeting to map a united way forward on the following issues :-
- Memorial event of the sleeping Inkosi Ya Makosi
- Mrs Rosemary Malinki admitted that there were no consultations with the 6 Philip Gomani royal Households. Given that the event is a family issue it was decided to cancel event. Secondly, it was agreed that the mourning period for an Inkosi ya Makosi is 2 years and we had just passed through the one year mark. It was also noted and agreed that the ceremony was being fast tracked and planned in order to provide a lee way to un traditionally banish the Inkosikati from Nkosini. The Royal family members observed that this was un acceptable and the memorial ceremony cannot proceed with that kind of spirit. Lastly it was also observed that the tombstone for the sleeping Gomani 3 and 4 have not been built and it was going to be an act of disrespect to the Sleeping Inkosis. Therefore it was recommended to cancel the memorial service.
- The family has agreed that the memorial event will be held in May 2011. I was also agreed that the memorial will include all the past Gomani Ngwenyama’s since no memorial events have been conducted apart from the Gomani Chikuse centenary memorial. Therefore it is proper to have memorials for all past Ngwenyamas. However there are two tombstones to be built for Gomani 3 and Gomani 4.
- The family has agreed not to politicize the memorial event. The date and time of the memorial will be decided by the Gomani Royal family. Therefore a convenient date will be announced after the Royal family members have agreed on a specific date.
- The issues which need consideration are the Specific Dates, the Memorial cloth design, The Lead person for the event, The venue, The ceremony planning.
- Current state of the Regency
- The family has said that proper ngoni traditional procedures were not followed during her appointment as a regent and that family members were not consulted and that family members were not present therefore there was no family participation
- Rosemary Malinki has apologized for all the wrong actions she has done during her regency and she has promised not to repeat again. Like she did not consult on transacting regency business
- Rosemary Malinki has acknowledged that there is an urgent need to correct and improve the situation. This includes.
- Providing Social and financial support for the deceased family.
- Co-operation with Inkosikati.
- Communication with the family members before transacting on Regency and Royal Family business.
- The Royal family discussed and agreed that the current leadership is a mess and there is a need to appoint a replacement for the regent. The major reasons being :-
- Malinki involves outsiders when running the regency in the process forsaking the other royal family members.
- The Royal family members also said that the current regency is run without the assistance of Royal Ndunas. The Regency is run by people who are very far outside the royal family with their own personal interests.
- She does not look after or care for the deceased family as a regent
- Malinki has failed to give Education and socio-economic needs to the widow and children of the deceased.
- No matter who the regent is, the regent is supposed to care and protect the Royal Family and Mrs. Malinki has failed to provide necessary care and protection and respect of the Gomani 4 Royal household.
- Worse still she uses some chiefs as instruments to divide and harass the royal family.
- Mrs Malinki was even using illness of her late daughter Thoko as a scapegoat to justify some of her wrong decisions.
- In her response to the proposal of her replacement Mrs. Malinki said that only court can decide on the issue of her replacement. She vowed that she cannot relinquish power since she is the only one capable to act as a regent. In addition, she claims to have been chosen by her late father Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani III to be regent.
- The family agreed that until the issues are amicably resolved, Mrs. Malinki should not do anything on issues concerning Ngoni Traditions, Culture and the regency without consulting the 6 Gomani Royal families.
- The family also urged Mrs. Malinki to lead by an example. For Example as a Royal Princess :-
- She should have been aware that she is not supposed to act a regent for Mswati since she already acted as a regent for Kanjedza Gomani 4
- She aware that according to Ngoni law a woman cannot rule as a Ngwenyama.
- She aware that a sister cannot be regent to a brother’s throne nor her nephews throne.
- Lastly, She was married to Mr Malinki and lobola was paid for her and she cannot come back to reign on the Throne of her father nor brother.
- Inkosikati and Children
The Royal family members agreed that Lobola was paid for the Inkosikati and that nobody has mandate to chase her out of Nkosini. However the Inkosikati Rhoda is free to leave Nkosini at her own will and her own time if she wishes so. Otherwise Nkosini is her legal home.
- The Royal family members also agreed that it is the responsibility of the Gomani Royal family to build a house for Inkosikati at Nkosini. The House which was bought by Gomani 4 in Blantyre is just an asset for the Gomani 4 family and does not constitute a Royal house for the Inkosikati.
- The Gomani Royal family agreed that it is the natural obligation of Mrs Malinki to support the Inkosikati and children unconditionally, since she is receiving monthly salary for Gomani 4 paramouncy.
- The family finally resolved that only marriage counselors from both sides can discuss the issues of Inkosikati and nobody else.
- Crown Prince Mswati
- The meeting agreed that Mswati is the rightful heir, and that everybody respect that position.
- Concern was expressed on how Mswati is being raised. The Royal family noted that he is not being raised as a future King as his residence in not the Royal village. He does not have any feel of his people, culture and tradition.
- The family also said that by challenging Mrs. Malinki’s regency does not mean that they are against Mswati’s throne. These are two separate issues.
- It is also important to note that no one within the five Gomani Royal families want to become Inkosi Ya Makosi. They just would like to see the chieftaincy being run properly and that there are people who can become Regents for Mswati Gomani 5.
General comments and observations.
- The Memorial of Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani 4
Though the memorial has been shifted to May 2011, there are several views points which came up during the discussions.
- The first view point is to plan for a memorial service for all the Sleeping Ngwenyamas from Gomani 2 to Gomani 4.
- With the above in mind, we also need to discuss and agree on the venue since the memorial will be for the all sleeping ngwenyama’s. Some people are suggesting that It should be held in Lizulu while others think while others are suggesting the Memorial tower of Gomani Chikuse in Ntcheu, the Patriach of the Gomani dynasty.
- To build a tomb stone or two tombstones we will need to have enough preparation time. We need an architect to design a Ngoni style tombstone
- We also need to design the memorial cloth for all the Ngwenyamas in good time to allow for marketing of the cloth.
- We also suggest that we need to identify a dedicated member of the royal family who will take the leading role in this undertaking. This person when identified he will be handling all the issues on behalf of the royal family in order to develop the spirit of working together as one. This will be an opportunity to bring unity and trust within the Royal family and will ensure that members of the Royal family are not sidelined.
- We also need adequate time and organization for fund raising activities for the memorial. We shall need adequate time to mobile whole paramouncy to financial contribute to the event.
- We therefore need to identify a prominent Maseko who will take the lead role to coordinate this event in conjunction with the suggested member representing the royal family.
- CURRENT STATE OF REGENCY
- It is clear that Mrs Malinki ascendancy to the regency did not follow the ngoni law, culture and tradition.
- It does not matter what nice colouring we can put on the wall it is clear that the regent is invalid. We therefore must as a way forward to select two people who will work with her while trying we are figuring out what we want to do.
- It was also clear during the meeting that Mrs Malinki was not chosen by the council of Inkoses. Bambo Edith said that it was their father Ngwenyama Willard Gomani 3 who chose her to be regent and not the chiefs. This clearly testifies that all the letters which were written to the DC by the Inkoses were just doctored by Inkosi Phambala to justify the selection of Mrs Malinki.
- Mrs Malinki also clearly informed the Royal family members during the meeting that according to her, if we are not satisfied with her as a regent, we can go to court.
- We therefore think that the best way to resolve the issue is to go back in court and contest the issue properly.
- As one of the main agenda items of the meeting was to resolve the issue of the regency we are going to do as she said because the agenda of the meeting was to resolve this issue in order to have the good Maseko Ngoni which will bring good fruits to our people.
- Going to court after we have failed to resolve the issue internally will prevent us from quarrelling and mistreating each other every.
- Financial Support for the Gomani 4 Family.
- This is a very tricky issue given that ever since Mrs Malinki became regent she has never been willing to assist us nor has she assisted us in anyway. She collects the monthly salary of the paramount Chief from the DC but she has never given us money for our up keep.
- Mrs Malinki’s acceptance and promise that she will start assisting us was just make the issue pass in order to close the meeting. Otherwise the way we know her, she accepted this un willingly.
- The way I understand issues of support, is that when you want to assist someone you need to feel the calling inside your heart. Somebody’s feelings of compassion cannot just be transferred to someone through the word of mouth. Unless proper mechanisms are put in place, Mrs Malinki will continue to torture us financially.
- Bear in mind that all the children of Gomani 4 are out of school and we have never received any financial support from Mrs Malinki.
- THE INKOSIKATI AND THE 4 CHILDREN
- The issue of chasing and banishing our mother from Nkosini is very shameful for the Ngoni people, culture and Tradition. It is also very sad to note that some Inkoses are in the fore front misleading the regent on the issue.
- It is clear to us that the issues are personal to Mrs Malinki. The issues have not surfaced because of the death of our father. Our father used to tell us that the issues against the Inkosikati date as far back as the marriage to our father. She opposed the marriage for her own good reason but our father insisted on marrying our mother.
- We, the children olde enough and better placed to complain about the Inkosikati but we do not find any single fault with her. We are therefore surprised that those people who complain about the Inkosikati they have never stayed with her. Most of those people who complain about hthe Inkosikati stay in Blantyre or Lilongwe.
- We are therefore glad that this meeting did tackle the issue objectively and we expect to see changes in attitudes from both sides.
- We believe that it is only Mswati Gomani 5 who has the right re- locate her mother when he is King.
- CROWN PRINCE MSWATI
- We thank all the members of the six royal families of Philip Gomani 2 for respecting the wish our fore fathers by agreeing that Mswati Kanjedza Willard Philip Gomani is a rightful heir to become Gomani 5.
- We only have one problem. We have never met our brother since the death our father. We have always lived together in one house all these years knowing that he will be the next King. Our father used to tell us why he was chosen and why we can not become Ngwenyamas. We accepted this fact as reality because we are true Ngonis at heart. But to isolate our blood brother from us is the worst torture we have ever received in our lives. I am sure that Mswati himself is heavily tortured and he is more traumatized than we are because he is very young.
- We are appealing to the regent to be a bit more humane and consider giving back Mswati a normal life.
- We are also worried Mswati our brother stays away from his people. This will be a big problem in future because he is suppose to learn about his culture and also to learn to identify with his people and culture and be able to provide the needs of his people. This he can learn if he is in touch with his people not hiding in Kasungu and Blantyre.
- Lastly, we also feel that Mswati life needs to be balanced. He needs the male influence on his life. Otherwise, when he comes back to school he just stays and lives with women. This is also not good for his future.
- Respect of the Gomani 4 Royal Household family members and premises.
- We have noted that respect for the members of the Gomani 4 royal family has vanished. Worst still, the respect of the Gomani 4 properties and premises have completely diminished.
- Our worry is that when Mswati becomes Ngwenyama, will these people respect him, his property and premises. If we are busy sharing land which belongs to Ngwenyama, what will Mswati find 15 years from now? He will find all the resources plundered by one Vincent?
- We are therefore appealing for total respect for the Gomani royal family members, properties and premises. The current organized disrespect will just serve to destroy what the past Ngwenyamas had developed.
- The Outstanding Issues.
There are several issues which require urgent attention as a way forward. Some of these are outlined below
- We need a second family meeting to review progress and also discuss the other outstanding issues which were lined up on the original agenda as presented in the Introduction on page 2.
- We need to appoint a Chairperson for the memorial organizing committee
- Find a way forward for education support of the children
- Plan for the best way of bring up and grooming Mswati to become the Ngwenyama. There is need to include cultural and traditional education in his life .
- We also appeal that Mswati needs to come out and live a normal life. He needs to participate in all Ngoni ceremonies as Heir to the throne and live with his people. He should be removed from the paradise of hate as soon as possible..
- His Ivory Bracelet should be given back to him as the next King. This bracelet is currently worn by our Aunt Mrs Malinki which is not acceptable in Ngoni Tradition. Our father told us that Mrs Malinki refused to give Kanjedza Gomani the ivory bracelet belonging the Gomani 3 and they had to hire an Ivory Bracelet for MK 10,000.00 for the one they used on his coronation.
- We also need to constitute a new set of Ndunas who will be assisting the Regent in running the affairs of the paramouncy. Inkosi Champiti and Inkosi Masasa have basically not assisted Mrs Malinki and have betrayed the Maseko Ngonis in they way they have handled traditional issues over the past year. They need to be replaced by more rational individuals who have the Maseko Ngoni Law, culture and Traditions at heart.
- When people want to please they spoil