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Chikulamayembe saga back in court

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Dust is refusing to settle in the Chikulamayembe chieftaincy as Mtima Gondwe and Group Village Head (GVH) Mbawuwo Chilongozi Gondwe have gone to court in a fresh case contesting the appointment and installation of Joseph Bongololo Gondwe as the Tumbuka king.

According to summons that we have seen, dated July 21, 2022, the appointment of Bongololo Gondwe was done against Tumbuka customs, against government directions and it failed to meet the court’s direction.

Bongololo Gondwe was crowned Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe by President Lazarus Chakwera in April this year amid chaotic scenes.

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Mtima Gondwe and GVH Chilongozi Gondwe argue that the previous court judgement faulted the previous appointment on the basis that there was no letter from traditional authorities signifying that they authorised Mtima’s appointment.

Again, the two argue that the court in its judgement faulted the appointment of Mtima Gondwe on the basis that there was no official letter of appointment from the President.

Further, Mtima Gondwe and GVH Chilongozi Gondwe argue that even if they are to use rotation system, as Bongololo Gondwe argued in court, it does not hold water because Bongololo is not from any independent royal household as he is from the same household of Mtima Gondwe, the Mbawuwo Chilongozi clan.

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Spokesperson for Mtima Gondwe, GVH Hunga Gondwe, confirmed the fresh developments, saying they believe the matter will be settled once and for all.

“I am only appealing for peace among all traditional leaders in Rumphi and their subjects. They should maintain unity, law and order. We are all Malawians with a responsibility to our nation,” Hunga Gondwe said.

Lawyer for Bongololo Gondwe, Michael Goba Chipeta, while confirming he was tipped off by his client about the development, asked for more time to get hold of the summons for an informed position.

The writ, which has nine defendants including Bongololo Gondwe, gives the respondents 28 days to file their defence or the case may enter default judgment.

On April 13, 2021, the High Court in Mzuzu faulted the appointment of Mtima Gondwe and nullified his chieftaincy.

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