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By MKHULISI MAGONGO - SWAZ TIMES-27-Aug-2009

His Majesty King Mswati III dispersed an excited and energetic imbali.

NGABEZWENI - His Majesty King Mswati III dispersed an excited and energetic imbali. Over 80 000 maidens were commiss-ioned to cut the reed yesterday.

The high spirited imbali from across the country were dispersed by the king to go and cut the reed at Mphisi Farm and Bhamsakhe, respectively. When announcing the two venues, Indvuna yembali Nothando Nhlengetfwa through an instruction from the king, sternly warned the girls to be on their best behavior.

The multitudes of maidens responded with wild ululations of “Bayethe,” which saw the king, who seemed to be in a good mood himself, smile. “Imbali, the king has spoken and has ordered that you go and cut the reed in two places. The young imbali will go to Bhamsakhe while the older imbali will cut the reed at Mphisi farm. The King expects you to behave well,” said the Indvuna.

The girls, in a joyous mood, left the palace at exactly 5:30pm with tight security provided by the army, police and warders. Asked about the figures, Nhlengethfwa confirmed that the number rose steadily from yesterday where they had registered roughly 60 000 maidens. She said yesterday, the number had risen to 82 000. ‘This is a big difference from last year.

“This goes to show that the imbali just love their culture,” added Nhlengetfwa. Present during this occasion were Emakhosikati, Prime Minister, members of Parliament as well as the general public.


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