There was only one dissenting voice, at the February 2003 meeting, that of Khosi Midiyavhathu Kennedy Tshivhase of Ha-Tshivhasa. Khosi Tshivhase argued that Vhavenda should have two kings, himself for the Tshivhasa area, and Toni Mphephu Ramabulana for the rest of Venda.
After the meeting, the 27 Mahosi petitioned the then premier of Limpopo, Ngoako Ramathlodi, to restore the Venda monarchy and to confirm Mphephu Ramabulana as the king of Venda. But The Ramathlodi government refused, and the Mahosi of Venda decided to take the matter to Thohoyandou High Court.
In April 2003 Tshidziwelele Nephawe, a gota/Vhamusanda (junior chief), of Mudunungu village, HaTshivhasa, claimed that he was the rightful king of Vhavenda. Tshidziwelele argued that Vhangona are early inhabitants of Venda, that their capital city was Mapungubwe, and that the king of Mapungubwe was King Tshidziwelele. He also argued that Vhangona were conquered by the Vhasenzi who came from Zimbabwe, and that they settled in Venda and lost their Karanga affinities through intermarriage with Vhangona women, and were assimilated into Tshingona culture and language. He argued that King Tshidziwelele was killed at his kraal by Vele-la-Mbeu of the Masingo clan.
In August 2003, six months after the February meeting, Khosi Gole Musiiwa Mphaphuli of Ha-Mphaphuli broke ranks with the other 26 Mahosi and argued that Vhavenda should have three kings, himself for HaMphaphuli, Tshivhase for Ha-Tshivhasa, and Mphephu Ramabulana for the rest of Venda. Gole Musiiwa Mphaphuli’s spokesman, Magwedzha Mphaphuli, argued that Musiiwa had supported the decision taken at the February meeting out of ignorance. He stated that the Mphaphuli royal house was withdrawing its support for Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, and that it would not join the other 26 Mahosi in forcing the Limpopo government into confirming Mphephu Ramabulana as the king of Venda.
The Ravhura royal house of Makonde entered the fray in 2004 when it announced that it should be recognised as the most senior royal house of all Vhavenda. They argued that they had kept quiet for more than 230 years, and that the truth needed to be told.
The 26 Mahosi who supported Mphephu Ramabulana approached the Thohoyandou High Court to force Ramathlodi to confirm Mphephu Ramabulana as the king of Venda. They also wanted Ramathlodi to make public the report of the Ralushai Commission of Inquiry which was appointed by Ramathlodi in 1996 to investigate, among others, claims by certain traditional leaders that they were irregularly deposed or not duly recognised by the apartheid government. The Mahosi argued that the Ralushai Commission indicated that Vhavenda had one king, Mphephu Ramabulana.
The Limpopo provincial government opposed the move by Mahosi of Venda. It argued, amongst others, that the move by the Mahosi was premature since President Mbeki had already announced that he was going to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the issue of traditional leadership in the whole of South Africa. The commission was going to investigate, amongst others, chieftainships and kingships that needed to be restored.