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KALANGA – There seems to be no end in sight to the protracted leadership dispute at KaLanga Chiefdom, that has been going on for about three decades.

Just when the chiefdom, which is one of the biggest in the country, was enjoying relative peace, the acting chief has dismissed the entire inner council; a decision that is feared could worsen the already volatile situation.

Rudolf Maziya, who is currently holding the reins as acting chief, cracked the whip about a week ago and relieved members of the inner council, including the headman, of their duties.

He pronounced his decision during a mass meeting held at the Kalanga Royal Kraal, where he also gave an update to residents on the process of installing a new chief.


It is said that Maziya was not specific on the reason(s) behind the dismissal, of the inner council, however, it was alleged that it involved the awarding of land through the traditional khonta system.

When called to clarify the matter, Maziya, who is also the former boss of AMICAAL (NGO for municipalities), said it was true that he had dismissed the inner council including long-serving and respected headman, Solomon Mhambi Mbingo.

He revealed that he had since appointed a new inner-council and a new headman he identified as Musa Nkambule from Mangoleni area.
“We felt that the inner council had been around for a very long-time, yet we wanted to make new changes. It would have been difficult to make changes because they have been around for long and they had their way of doing things,” explained Maziya.

He added that the change that he wanted to bring related to ‘management of land and improvement of services to the people’.
He did not state explicitly that he fired the inner council for alleged corruption but he hinted that there were allegedly wrong things that the inner council had allegedly done, as per his assessment.
“Besekunekuganga lebesekukhona (There were wrong things that were done). The public was being made to pay monies we did not know about,” alleged the acting chief.


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