Rivals give female chief green light to rule Valoyi

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The bitter rift for chieftaincy between the first female chief, Felia Lwandlamuni Shiluvana N'wamitwa, and her male cousin, Sydwell N'wamitwa, is over.

This emerged yesterday when Sydwell's spokesman Esmael Risiva said they no longer harbour intentions to install their own chief nor cause any disruption during the official inauguration on Friday.

"We are giving our blessings for the inauguration and wish it well.

We have never had any personal vendetta against her or her inauguration. We were just fighting for what we believes was right for us," he said.

Felia was not available for comment at the time of going to press but acting chief Walter Mbalati said yesterday that the 11th hour about-turn by Sydwell and his group was sweeter than honey.

"We have waited with bated breath for Sydwell to come to his senses and extend his hand to work together.

"He is of the same blood as us and we believe his gesture will not only please us but hundreds of thousand of other people who were troubled by the rift.

We welcome his decision with open arms and hope to work with him for the betterment of service delivery to our subjects," he said.

The long-awaited inauguration will be attended by among others premiers, political bigwigs, 183 chiefs, mayors, ward councillors and ordinary citizens.

The Modjadji royal family in Bolobedu led by regent Prince Mpapatla Modjadji, a close relative of the Valoyi tribe will be entrusted with installing the chief.

The inauguration will be today followed by celebrations until Saturday.