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Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani fired

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A meeting that some 24 Gomani royal family members had in Ntcheu last Saturday resolved to fire Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V, 20-year-old Mswati Willard Kanjedza Gomani, as Paramount Chief for Maseko Ngoni.

The only remaining son of Phillip Gomani, Titus Phillip Gomani is said to have chaired the meeting which took place at Nkolimbo Village, Group Village Head Eneya in the area of Traditional Authority Kwataine.

Mswati, who was declared Crown Prince in 2009 at the age of 13 after the death of his father Kanjedza Gomani, was crowned in 2012.

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According to minutes of the meeting that we have seen, the decision was made after observing that Mswati and the then regent, Rosemary Malinki, are despising

other royal family members, including Titus Phillip Gomani.

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

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“Senior Prince Titus Gomani closed the meeting by declaring that he was the one who approved Mswati Willard Gomani to be heir to the throne and a successor of his father, with the same powers and authority, he declared that Mswati and Malinki are no longer Paramount Chief and regent, respectively, and that from now onwards, Dingiswayo Samson Gomani will take over as the caretaker Paramount Chief until further notice,” the copy of the minutes reads in part.

The meeting is also said to have empowered, Titus Gomani, to take a leading role and have a say in activities to do with the paramount chieftaincy.

The family members said they have tried to bring sanity into the royal family since the death of Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani IV to no avail.

In an interview yesterday, both Titus and Dingiswayo Gomani confirmed the development and said Digwiswayo started working as Inkosi Ya Makosi after the meeting.

“We invited them [Malinki and Mswati] to the meeting but they did not come. We waited for them from morning to the afternoon but they didn’t appear. They are aware of the development but there is literally nothing that they have said. The issue has been there for a long time but they have been playing hide and seek.

“We obtained a court order against Umhlangano due to the same issue but they sought the court’s relief and the event took place. After that we thought they would come for a meeting to iron out the differences but they did not come despite several letters

that we have been sending to them. Even the DC [District Commissioner] informed them about the meeting to no avail,” Digwiswayo said.

Titus Gomani said all the royal family members, who attended the meeting, endorsed his declaration.

“Malinki and Mswati do not want to meet me and respect other royal family members and I decided to appoint Digwiswayo. If he misbehaves he will also be fired. What we want is love among royal family members. We have persevered for a long time and now we say no to that. There are orphans and the sick that need love from the royal family,” Titus said.

Both Digwiswayo and Titus Gomani said both the Ntcheu District Council and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development officials are aware of the changes.

But both Mswati and Malinki said, in an interview yesterday, they were not aware of the Saturday meeting, let alone its resolutions.

The youthful Mswati, who said at the time of the interview was at his Lizulu headquarters, expressed surprise that some royal family members have resolved to remove him.

“I don’t know. My office is actually open right now and there is a crowd of people waiting to be heard. Who is the Chief that they have chosen? I haven’t heard anything of that sort. It is news to me and they can’t fire me because I have done nothing wrong,” Mswati Gomani said.

Malinki, who also said she was hearing about the development from this reporter, doubted the credibility of the new Paramount Chief’s selection.

“I have never been summoned to appear before any family or disciplinary meeting. I do not even know whether the Gomani chieftaincy is handled that way,” Malinki said.

According to her, the Ngoni culture empowers the person holding the chieftaincy to declare the heir to throne.

Ministry of Local Government spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho said she was in a meeting and would only pick calls later.

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