Chief Nkamane hacked in chieftaincy dispute
MANZINI – A chief was hacked with a bush knife, and house windows were shattered when a chieftaincy dispute between Senior Prince of Moneni Polycarp Dla-mini and Lwandle Chief Nkamane Ndwandwe turned nasty on Sunday.
Dlamini is former General Manager of the Central Transport Administration (CTA). Twelve people have since been arrested and charged with malicious injury to property and arson.
Eyewitnesses alleged the violence erupted when Chief Nkamane’s men removed a kraal that had just been built by those affiliating under Dlamini. Though Dlamini acknowledges that he is not chief, he says his family has a legacy of not reporting to a chief but directly to the King.
He also says the princes of Moneni who are descendents of Mshoshi have rights to portions of land and can settle people through kukhonta.
Abel Dlamini, a resident of Masekweni, which is under Chief Nkamane said on Sunday there was a meeting at the chief’s kraal.
"The chief asked me to take a group of people to implement a resolution of the meeting. The resolution included removing a kraal that had been wrongly placed in the area. On our way there we were confronted by a group of people who were about 30 and they pelted us with stones. The men I was with in my truck alighted and ran away. A stone hit my truck on the windscreen and I did not stop but sped away until I reached the Manzini Police Station where I reported the attack," he alleged.
The mob is said to have then attacked the chief whom they hacked with a bush knife. Chief Nkamane had to be rushed to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital where he was stitched on the face and discharged.
Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Wendy Hleta, confirmed the incident and the 12 arrests. "They will appear at the Magistrates Court tomorrow (today)facing charges of malicious injury to property and assault," she said.
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