Prince Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo Arrives, Briefly Detained At Airport
2 March 2018
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Crown Prince Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo

By Paul Nyathi

Ndebele King designate Prince Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo and his entourage landed in an Air Zimbabwe plane at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport on Friday afternoon ahead of his banned coronation which was set for Barbourfields Stadium in the City on Saturday.

The would be king was however detained at the airport for over an hour by state security details and immigration officers.

It is still not yet clear what the officials were talking about with the South African based prince.

When he was finally released, organisers of the coronation from the Royal Khumalo Family whisked him away denying media of any interviews.

Meanwhile hundreds of other people who had travelled from South Africa and Swaziland to attend the coronation are reportedly being held at the Beitbridge border post by immigration officials on the instructions of state security.

Spokesperson of the Crown Council Effie Ncube told journalists that about fifty buses are being held at the border.

“We have about fifty buses being held at the border since early hours of Friday and there is no explaination why our people are being held there,” said Ncube.

In the meantime it is not clear what will happen to the hoards of food that had been sourced for the coronation which gas since been called off by both government and the High Court.

Over 50 heard of cattle were made available for the function including thousands of litres of traditional beer. Hotel bookings for VIP delegates had also been booked and paid for.