By Staff Reporter
MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe has landed support for the controversial re-installation of a Ndebele king which was stopped by the courts last month.
She was addressing her followers in Bulawayo on Sunday where she also announced a split from the main wing of the party led by Nelson Chamisa.
In her prepared speech, Khupe called for the devolution of power among the provinces, something she said enabled the country’s peoples to benefit from their own local wealth.
“Devolution, as clearly provided for in the supreme law of the land, must be immediately implemented,” she said.
“Local communities should be permitted and duly empowered to benefit from the natural resources that are found within their respective regions.”
The former Deputy Prime Minister called on the State to respect the traditional institutions in the country as she condemned a government move to block the coronation of Bulelani Khumalo as Ndebele king.
The government said kings were not provided for in the country’s supreme law, something that has infuriated those who supported the move while arguing there was nothing very wrong about restoring a cultural system that was scrapped by white settlers during the onset of colonialism in the 19th century.
“We also call for the genuine respect of our all our traditional leadership institutions such as chiefs, headmen and kraalheads. We strongly condemn what happened on March 3, 2018 where the Government stopped the installation of His Royal Highness Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo,” Khupe said.
She is however not the first MDC-T official to pledge public support for the installation of a Ndebele king.
Addressing an MDC Alliance rally in Dete, Matabeleland North province over a week ago, Chamisa said he also supported the revival of the Ndebele kingship blaming government for frustrating the cultural rights of those pushing for the monarch’s revival.