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Chief Chikulamayembe wrangle returns to court

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The High Court in Mzuzu has scheduled trial for Chikulamayembe chieftaincy wrangle on March 27 2020.

Joseph Bongololo Gondwe is challenging the installation of Mtima Gondwe as Paramount Chief Chukulamayembe.

Lawyer for Bongololo Gondwe, Michael Goba Chipeta, said both parties will meet the judge on March 20 2020 for pre-trial conference to ensure that each party has complied with court directions.

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“It is true that the case begins in March and we have worked on the relevant files ready for submission. We are comfortably challenging the installation of the paramount chief as we believe there was anomalies which were not sorted before the government installed the chief,” Chipeta said.

Minister of Local Government, Ben Phiri, installed Mtima Gondwe amid chaotic scenes at Bolero, the headquarters of Themba la Mathemba Chikulamayembe.

Some people torched shops and offices of Chikulamayembe in protest against the installation.

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At the end of December, police officers were chased by members of the community when they came to arrest the suspects behind the torched structures.

The Bongololo camp challenges that Mtima Gondwe is not the rightful heir arguing the Chikulamayembe chieftaincy rotates in royal families and it was Joseph’s turn.

However, the Mtima Gondwe camp said the government was not wrong to install him as king saying he was acting as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe for eight years even before the death of his father Walter Gondwe.

Recently, the court ruled in favour of Mtima Gondwe when the Bongololo camp sought the court intervention to nullify the installation of Mtima Gondwe.

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