LOGOBA: Tension has escalated in this densely populated Logoba Umphakatsi (Royal Kraal) after the country’s authorities grounded the operations of this village amid allegations of corruption and land dispute.
Royal Kraals in eSwatini are an extension of the Monarchy and administrate Villages in accordance with the Swazi Law and Customs. It has been disclosed that the impasse within the Logoba village has denied residents to basic services such as; processing of death certificates, scholarship application forms, youth fund applications and other services. Paul Dlamini, the Chairman of the King’s Advisory Council(Liqoqo) when responding to questions from this Swaziland News said, even though there were challenges within the community that now deprives citizens basic service, the matter could be resolved within the structures.
“The Logoba villagers and the youth must engage the Regional Administrator (RA) regarding these challenges and this new arrangement. The RA is likely to help them as the community must get assistance nearby not too far” he said.
Velile Maziya, a resident of Logoba said it was unfortunate that as citizens, they are now suffering after the decision to shut down the Royal Kraal was implemented. She said all this were the results of land disputes and fights among the Logoba authorities, hence Royalty intervened by shutting down the Umphakatsi (Royal Kraal).
“We are not happy at all about the new development, this was caused by the numerous fights that manifested here over land disputes and battle for power. Now we are expected to travel a long distance to Masudvwini to access basic services that were provided here” she said.
Reached for comments, Regional Administrator Prince Gija confirmed that the Logoba Royal Kraal has been grounded adding that the community was now under the jurisdiction of Masundvwini Royal Kraal. He said the people of Logoba including the youth should just go to Masundvwini to access the services that were provided at Logoba.
“When I was appointed into this position,I was made aware that Masundvwini Royal Kraal authorities would now be responsible for Logoba residents. So there is nothing wrong with young people and other residents going to the Masundvwini Royal Kraal to access such services like official stamps for their documents,” said the Prince.
This publication gathered that youth members are now struggling to access loans from the E12million Youth Fund as their documents that form part of the requirements should be approved by the Royal Kraal. Sources within the Governing structures of the area revealed that young people are now struggling to even access scholarships from the government as that should be approved by the Royal Kraal before reaching the processing government stage.
Thabo Khumalo, the Constituency Youth Committee Chairman said he was one of those who has been affected by the new royal order that saw the Royal Kraal shut down.