Mpezeni and Mwata Kazembe to visit SA’s Prince Buthelezi

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Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people of Eastern Province and Senior Chief Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people Luapula Province will visit South African monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi of the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), following the death and burial of his wife, Princess Irene Thandikile Buthelezi.

According to a media statement released by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambian High Commissioner in Pretoria, Naomi Nyawali, the two traditional leaders will visit the Zulu traditional Prime Minister, Buthelezi, to deliver a message of condolences.

“Paramount chief Mpezeni IV of the Ngoni people of eastern Province will together with Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people of Luapula province visit the bereaved Prince. The chiefs will lead a Zambian delegation that will include Deputy Secretary to cabinet, Mr Christopher Mvunga and His Royal Highness Chief Maguya.

“The delegation will visit Prince Buthelezi at his Ulundi Palace in KwaZulu-Natal to deliver message of condolence and offer moral support following the death of his wife, who past on recently,” Nyawali said in a statement

Nyawali did not mention the particular dates on which the delegation will arrive in SA but she said the Zambian and South African roots are connected hence the bilateral relations between the two nations. she said Zambia and South Africa have over the years enjoyed close cultural ties, which saw Prince Buthelezi grace this year’s Ncwala ceremony of the Ngoni people as Guest of honour.

Buthelezi’s wife Princess Irene Buthelezi, 89, was married to the Prince for 69 years until her demise following a long illness few weeks ago.

Buthelezi, 90, is also a politician leading the fourth biggest Political party Inkanta Freedom Party (IFP) and is the oldest Member of the National Assembly which will convene on Wednesday March 22 for it’s maiden sittings.

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