No room for king or monarchy: VP Mohadi

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 | 4955 views
VP Mohadi

VP Mohadi

Peter Matika, Senior Reporter
VICE-PRESIDENT Kembo Mohadi on Friday reiterated that there was no room for a king or monarchy in Zimbabwe, saying that the country’s constitution did not allow for such an arrangement.

Speaking during a business dinner held in his honour at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, VP Mohadi said instead of identifying each other by tribe, Zimbabweans must seek to be identified as one. The event was also meant to fundraise for the building of a centre for cancer treatment at Mpilo hospital, a campaign being run by the KCD Mohadi Foundation.

“I wondered to myself when I was in Japan when I learnt that someone wanted to be enthroned the king? I said whose king does he want to be? We are no longer under a monarchy and our constitution does not allow for a monarchy. If one wanted to be in a monarchical state they could have done that properly, so that it could have been included in the constitution,” said VP Mohadi.

He also said Zimbabwe could no longer afford the luxury of calling each other by tribe, saying that it would afford the country nothing, as it was on a path of redefining itself and seeking investment from across the globe.

“I’ll tell you one thing for example. If you meet a white man from Britain and ask him who he is he will tell you he is British. He won’t say he is English or Scott but British because they are united. That is why they define as United Kingdom,” said VP Mohadi.

He made these remarks in light of the ongoing calls by some pressure groups and local chiefs to have a Ndebele king in Zimbabwe. A fortnight ago Mthwakazi activists were involved in running battles with anti-riot police in front of the High Court in Bulawayo protesting over the High Court decision on the matter.

The High Court blocked the planned coronation of Mr Bulelani Colin Lobengula Khumalo as King of Ndebele on grounds that there was no law in the country allowing the establishment of a monarch.

Meanwhile, V P Mohadi donated $10 000 towards the building of the cancer centre. A number of companies in Bulawayo also made pledges ranging from cash to building materials in a colourful ceremony that brought together business leaders in the city.

The Vice-President urged the business community to support the noble cause, saying cancer was one of the major challenges in the health sector, adding that men and women should take time to get tasted for cancer.

He said he was happy that the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa had set the ball rolling in championing the cause against cervical and breast cancer.

Mr Mathew Mutavayi, a member of the KCD Mohadi Foundation, said they will also channel some funds to the elderly in the city. He added that companies and individuals were still free to come forward with donations. Last week the Foundation organised a Charity match featuring football giants Highlanders and Caps United. The Charity Shield was won by Highlanders.

“The Mpilo cancer unit was targeted because it’s one of the two cancer units in the country and it’s an important component of the health sector, considering the increasing number of people that are battling with cancer. A lot has to be done for the unit to be fully functional and make it a state of the art facility. The unit needs a mould room, chemotherapy room, consultation offices and storage rooms. It also needs a physics room, staff tea room, additional toilets, furniture and a perimeter fence,” he said.

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  • Ndlela Zimhlophe

    Nxaa this Venda, thats why the Shonas chose him for Deputy presidency. The constitution for traditional leadership and a King is one, just because they know a Ndebele king will unite Ndebeles, that’s why they don’t want us to have our king. Izinja zabantu. Bantu bakithi stop voting for these Shona parties and just move away from them, they are all having the gukurahundism agenda

    • amainhanha

      Whats your main objective you tribalist? You moved into Zimbabwe to be a Zimbabwean not have your kingdom within another kingdom. Its regressive people like you who fight for divisive causes who bring disunity to Zimbabwe. Go back to KwaZulu and resettle. There your land and kingdom awaits.

      • Norman

        We are going to have our King liyafuna alifuni lina mashona Our country is dead because of you zinja zabantu – to you VP mohadi you are such a stupid guy you can’t c that shonaz are using you like a taxi they drive you where ever they want to go wake up stupid Venda

      • Norman

        Don’t talk like that remember your grandfather and your father killed my parents and my relatives so please stop it you are full of gukurahundism

  • BonzoReChihuta

    I’ve never heard a whole Vice President sound so constitutionally illiterate!

  • Mkhusto

    Shame mohadi shame…
    Even your British have their Queen, King , prince and princesses

  • Gen Gowon

    Off side Hon VP.It’s nice that you picked a fair example by referring to the unity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.May be your example would had made sense if you picked Russia Federation or even the United States of America but your choice shows that you also desire to have a monarch as head of state.Britain’s unity is anchored on the institution of the hereditary monarch whose role is ceremonial and symbolic.The same hereditary aspect which the Ndebeles are seeking to revive.

  • sibangilizwe

    Acts of Union 1707
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    “Union of England and Scotland” redirects here. It is not to be confused with Union of England and Scotland Act 1603 or Treaty of Union.
    Union with Scotland Act 1706[1]
    Act of Parliament

    Parliament of England
    Long title An Act for a Union of the Two Kingdoms of England and Scotland
    Citation 1706 c. 11
    Territorial extent Kingdom of England (inc. Wales); subsequently, United Kingdom
    Status: Current legislation
    Revised text of statute as amended
    Union with England Act 1707
    Act of Parliament

    Parliament of Scotland
    Long title Act Ratifying and Approving the Treaty of Union of the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England
    Citation 1707 c. 7
    Territorial extent Kingdom of Scotland; subsequently, United Kingdom
    Status: Current legislation
    Revised text of statute as amended
    Constitutional documents relevant to the status of the United Kingdom and legislative unions of its constituent countries
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    Treaty of Union 1706
    Acts of Union 1707
    Personal Union of 1714 1714
    Wales and Berwick Act 1746
    Irish Constitution 1782
    Acts of Union 1800
    Government of Ireland Act 1920
    Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921
    Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927
    N. Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972
    European Communities Act 1972
    Local Government Act 1972
    Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
    Northern Ireland Assembly 1973
    N. Ireland Constitution Act 1973
    Referendum Act 1975
    Scotland Act 1978
    Wales Act 1978
    Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
    Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
    Referendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997
    Good Friday Agreement 1998
    Northern Ireland Act 1998
    Government of Wales Act 1998
    Scotland Act 1998
    Government of Wales Act 2006
    Northern Ireland Act 2009
    European Union Act 2011
    Scotland Act 2012
    Edinburgh Agreement 2012
    Wales Act 2014
    European Union Referendum Act 2015
    Scotland Act 2016
    Wales Act 2017
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    The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. They put into effect the terms of the Treaty of Union that had been agreed on 22 July 1706, following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries. By the two Acts, the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland—which at the time were separate states with separate legislatures, but with the same monarch—were, in the words of the Treaty, “United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain”.[2]

    The two countries had shared a monarch since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when King James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne from his double first cousin twice removed, Queen Elizabeth I. Although described as a Union of Crowns, until 1707 there were in fact two separate Crowns resting on the same head (as opposed to the implied creation of a single Crown and a single Kingdom, exemplified by the later Kingdom of Great Britain). There had been three attempts in 1606, 1667, and 1689 to unite the two countries by Acts of Parliament, but it was not until the early 18th century that both political establishments came to support the idea, albeit for different reasons.

    The Acts took effect on 1 May 1707. On this date, the Scottish Parliament and the English Parliament united to form the Parliament of Great Britain, based in the Palace of Westminster in London, the home of the English Parliament.[3] Hence, the Acts are referred to as the Union of the Parliaments. On the Union, the historian Simon Schama said “What began as a hostile merger, would end in a full partnership in the most powerful going concern in the world … it was one of the most astonishing transformations in European history.”[4]

    In Zimbabwe who signed the agreement that The two Kingdoms unite or it was by colonial conquest? Can Mohadi answer that ?