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Chikulamayembe chieftaincy wrangles grow

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Around 100 Rumphi District traditional leaders who are supporting Mtima Gondwe have vowed to hold a parallel installation ceremony of Mtima Gondwe as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe.

The chiefs said they would hold their event on the day the government would be installing Joseph Bongololo Gondwe as leader of the Tumbuka people.

Speaking to journalists in Mzuzu Wednesday, the chiefs claimed that politics had played a part in the appointment of Bongololo Gondwe as cultural leader of the Tumbuka people.

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Led by secretary for Mtima Gondwe, Khalapamhanya Gondwe, and spokesperson of the camp Hunga Gondwe, the chiefs said Nkhamanga people were not comfortable with the letter of appointment of Bongololo Gondwe because it was not signed by President Lazarus Chakwera.

Hunga Gondwe said the appointment of Bongololo had further divided the Tumbukas.

“We just hope that our president, Lazarus Chakwera, will take our advice seriously because we foresee chaos in Rumphi. Bongololo Gondwe is not a choice of the people but we suspect that it is politicians that want him. We believe they will rescind this decision,” Hunga Gondwe said.

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When contacted earlier, Local Government Minister Blessings Chinsinga said the President did not appoint Bongololo Gondwe but rather approved findings and recommendations of a commission of inquiry.

Chinsinga added that the commission was composed of respectable members from both families.

Chinsinga’s remarks were echoed by Bongololo Gondwe in Times TV’s Tchutchutchu Program, where he said he had not been appointed by the President but, rather, royal families.

Bongololo Gondwe said peace was now flourishing in the Nkhamanga Kingdom and his first assignment would be to strengthen it.

“I think this is the time for us to focus on development and promoting peace. I have been appointed by the majority of royal family members and we are 12 of us. I am loved by many; that is why there is peace in our area,” he said.

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