Bayethe Nkosi! Leaders of Mzimba Heritage Association on Saturday exploded into uproarious regal chant when they paid homage to Inkosi ya Makhosi M’Mbelwa’s newly born son, Londisiswe.
Born on January 27 2016, the name of the presumed heir to the topmost kingship among the Jere Ngonis of Mzimba means the ‘protector of his people’.
However, there was no gold, frankincense and myrrh when the ‘magi’ of the cultural association, which strives to foster unity and identity among the one-time warlike tribe, made the pilgrimage to M’Mbelwa’s headquarters in Edingeni south-west of Mzimba Boma.
Instead, they carried with them a he-goat as well as two chickens—a traditional free-range breed and a hybrid layer—when they made the meet-and-greet visit to the inkosini.
According to leader of delegation Aupson Thole, it is a common practice among the migrant tribe from Zululand in South Africa to make such a visit when a prince is born.
There was ululation and royal claps when the inkosikazi Beauty Jere appeared with the baby.