May 25, 2015
Ministry of local government and rural development has bemoaned chieftaincy wrangles saying they derail development in the country.
Minister responsible Trasizio Gowelo made the remarks in Balaka during a burial ceremony of traditional authority Cham’thunya the fourth on sunday, where he also commended the ngoni culture that unveils the rightful heir to the throne during burial.
“This is commendable and leaves no space for chieftaincy wrangles,” said Gowelo.
He said chieftaincy wrangles have derailed development hence chiefs play a vital role at the grass root level.
Unlike other traditions, the Maseko Ngonis unveil the next king during burial.
Weston Cham’thunya, a son to deceased T/a Cham’thunya 4, was named as the rightful candidate, to be elevated as T/a Cham’thunya the fifth.
Speaking earlier, princess Rosemary Malinki who represented Inkosi yamakosi Gomani 5 at the burial ceremony, asked family members to stay calm and support the rightful heir elect.
District commissioner for Balaka Rodrick Mateauma and member of parliament for Balaka west Shanil Dzimbiri said they have lost a development conscious chief.
They both commended the late T/a Cham’thunya 4 for preserving and promoting Ngoni culture in the district.
Born Hernest Cham’thunya in 1928, he became a chief in 1982, rose to sub T/a in 2003 and later elevated as full traditional authority in 2013.
He died Thursday night at the age of
87 after a long battle with diabetes and high blood pressure.
He is survived by a wife, 6 children and 27 grandchildren.
Three gunshorts were fired in honor of the late Inkosi Cham’thunya the fourth.
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