Paramount Chief Mpezeni says the Ngoni people will dedicate this year’s traditional ceremony to Paramount Chief Mbelwa who died February 10, 2013.
ZANIS reports the Paramount Chief of the Ngoni Speaking people to have said this said through chief Madzimawe in an interview at Chipata’s Luangwa house, today.
He stated that the Ngoni people will mourn Paramount Chief Mbelwa who is a descendant of Zwangendaba, the forefather of Paramount Chief Mpezeni, in a traditional way during the Nc’wala traditional ceremony this month.
He said the Nc’wala programme will go ahead as scheduled on 20th February and reach its epitome of Saturday, February 14, 2013.
The traditional leader urged sponsors of the traditional ceremony to continue with their support in order for the Ngoni to host a successful ceremony.
He appealed to all Ngonis in the country to unite during the time of bereavement saying the death of Paramount Chief Mbelwa is a big loss to all Ngonis in Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni said he will tomorrow lead four Ngoni chiefs, some Indunas and Impis to Mzimba where the funeral of Paramount Chief Mbelwa will be held.
Paramount Chief Mbelwa who died on February 10, will be put to rest on Saturday, Februray 16, 2013.
And Paramount Chief Mpezeni says he is open to dialogue over the issue of resuming the remains of his forefather, Zwangendaba from chieftainess waitwika area in Nakonde.
He stated that he understands that the resuming of the remains is a hot issue which requires dialogue because it has a historic background.
King Zwangendaba was the founder King of the Ngoni people who migrated with his people from South Africa at the height of Shaka Zulu’s Mfecane Wars.
He died in 1848s and was buried in the Mbala-Nakonde area in Chieftainess Nawaitwika’s chiefdom.
However, Chieftainess Nawaitwika of the Namwanga people of Isoka recently maintained that her royal establishment would resist attempts by Chief Mpezeni to exhume King Zwangendaba’s remains for reburial at Fen, in Chipata District.