Nc’wala ceremony well organised
Chipata, February 25, ZANIS ——- Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people of Chipata says last Saturday’s Nc’wala traditional ceremony of the Ngoni people in Eastern province was well organized.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata today, Chief Madzimawe said this year’s Nc’wala traditional ceremony was well organized by the various stakeholders who showed commitment to see the hosting of the ceremony improve.
He also stated that this year’s ceremony which was held in honour of Paramount Chief Mbelwa of the Ngoni people of Malawi who died two weeks ago, was special to the Ngoni people as they were remembering their great leader.
Paramount Chief Mbelwa is said to be one of the sons of Zwangendaba who is the ancestor of Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people of Eastern province.
Chief Madzimawe noted that the discovery of the Ngoni people’s ancestor Zwangendaba’s remains in Chieftainess Nawayitwika’s chiefdom in Muchinga Province also made a difference to the Nc’wala traditional ceremony this year.
He however stated that the Ngoni Royal Establishment would meet various stakeholders to discuss what should be done about the exhuming of the remains of Zwangendaba to Chipata district in Eastern Province.
Chief Madzimawe said the issue of exhuming the remains of the founder leader of the Ngoni people was a sensitive issue because it could lead to a change in the history taught in schools.
“The matter needs to be treated with caution because it will lead to a change in the history syllabus,” he said.
The chief said the Ngoni Royal Establishment will ensure that they engage in consultations before they decide on the way forward over the issue.
Meanwhile, Eastern Division Police Commissioner said last Saturday’s Nc’wala was incident free and only one minor road traffic accident was recorded.
Mrs Chipalila said a man of middle age was slightly hit by an oncoming vehicle as he was jumping off a truck on the Great East road.
She said that the victim sustained minor bruises and was taken to Chipata General Hospital for treatment.