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First Lady urges Ngonis to guard culture jealously

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By Witness Banda:

First Lady Monica Chakwera has said incorporating cultural aspects in school curricula can go a long way in instilling discipline in citizens.

She said this in Mzimba District on Saturday, when she graced the coronation of Inkosikazi M’mbelwa V at Edingeni royal headquarters.

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Chakwera said she is delighted that Ngoni culture empowers women, which will make it easier for her to work with Inkosikazi M’mbelwa V.

The First Lady also encouraged women to be in groups, saying, that way, they would be assured of the government and other stakeholders’ support.

“A mother has a big role ]to play] in the family. Therefore, she has to be patient and persevere in uniting the Ngoni people and maintaining Ngoni culture,” Chakwera said.

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The coronation signifies that, since the April 12 2014 official wedding of Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa, the Inkosikazi is now accepted into Ngoni royal culture and customs.

Inkosikazi M’mbelwa’s coronation also reaffirms that her firstborn son is placed in the line of succession.

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara asked Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa V to remain steadfast in the preservation of Ngoni culture.

“Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa should make sure that Ngoni culture maintains discipline in people, a factor which fosters national development,” she said.

Inkosi Mtwalo, who represented M’mbelwa Chiefs Council, said the coronation of the queen would bring coordination and unity to the people of Mzimba, who now have a mother.

“She is our new mother in Mzimba now; she has to be patient and bring us together. We have given her a new position and we hope that she will feed and unite us, as chiefs,” he said.

Following her coronation, Inkosikazi M’Mbelwa V has been given a new name, that of ‘Mkomo’, which means the mother of Mzimba.

The ceremony attracted high-profile dignitaries across the country, including Vice- President Saulos Chilima’s wife Mary, former State vice president Khumbo Kachali, political party leaders, among others.

The coronation, which took place in a kraal, was spiced up by traditional dances and other activities.

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