Gomani chieftaincy battle goes to court


The disagreement between Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V, Willard Mswati Kanjedza Gomani, and some royal family members has now turned into a court battle after Mswati obtained a court order stopping the rival group from claiming the crown.

The meeting that some 24 disgruntled Gomani royal family members had in September resolved to fire Mswati as Paramount Chief for Maseko Ngoni.

At that meeting, Titus Phillip Gomani, who is the Senior Prince, declared Dingiswayo Samson Gomani as the caretaker Inkosi Ya Makosi until further notice, creating more disagreements in process.


Recently, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development established a committee of some senior chiefs in the country to bring the two parties to a roundtable for a ceasefire.

But court documents that we have seen indicate that Mswati wants the court to stop Titus Phillip Gomani (first respondent) and Dingiswayo Gomani (second respondent) from holding themselves as if they are heads of the Maseko Ngoni.

The court then decided that the interparty hearing would be done today in the chambers of Judge Maclean Kamwambe.


“Let the parties concerned attend to the Judge in Chambers on the day of the 6th day of November 2015 at 8:30 o’clock in the forenoon [sic] on the hearing of an application restraining the 1st respondent from appointing and approving the 2nd respondent as Paramount or caretaker Paramount Chief and from declaring that the Plaintiff/ Applicant Willard Mswati Alex Kanjedza Gomani (V) is no longer Paramount Chief and for a further order restraining the Respondents from demanding the Royal Bayethe Salutation and from holding themselves out as the heads of the Maseko Gomani Royal Family up until the hearing and determination of this action or till further order of the court

“Take notice that the affidavit of Willard Mswati Alex Kanjedza Gomani (Inkosi Ya aMakhosi Gomani V ) shall be read in support of the application,” reads the summon for civil cause 436 of 2015 that the court registrar signed on October 22 but served on respondents’ lawyer, Chagwamnjira & Co on October 26.

But lawyer for Mswati, Chancy Gondwe, yesterday said the court had advised the parties not to go to court today as Kamwambe is not available for hearing.

“The court will advise us on when we will be there for the hearing,” Gondwe said.

The decision to fire Mswati is said to have been made after observing that Mswati and the then regent, Rosemary Malinki, are despising other royal family members including Titus Phillip Gomani.

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