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Gawa Undi demands funeral chaos report

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Chewa king, Kalonga Gawa Undi, has asked for a report on what led to the fracas that erupted during the funeral ceremony of mother to Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu.

Chaos ensued at the ceremony on Saturday when Democratic Progressive Party district governor for Kasungu, Osward Chirwa, snatched a microphone from Kasungu Central Member of Parliament, Amon Nkhata, who was delivering his eulogy.

Lukwa, who is the coordinator of all Chewas in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, said the Zambia-based supreme ruler was deeply shocked that the funeral ceremony degenerated into chaos when it was supposed to be orderly.

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“Gawa Undi sent some Zambian chiefs to represent him at the funeral and he was saddened with the disturbance to the ceremony. He has asked for a report after his emissaries briefed him on what happened,” Lukwa said.

He condemned Nkhata, who is a Malawi Congress Party legislator, for hijacking the funeral programme by forcing his way onto the list of speakers at the ceremony.

Lukwa said the bereaved family had intended for the funeral to be conducted without any speeches from politicians but was surprised to see Nkhata take to the podium.

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“We fully support what the DPP governor did. In fact, we were also about to grab the microphone from Nkhata. His conduct was uncalled for,” Lukwa stated.

The senior chief said he had summoned Nkhata to appear before his tribunal and apologise for his conduct.

In an interview, Nkhata said he was only delivering a condolence message from his party and did not have any ill motives.

“I was only mourning with the bereaved family. I don’t see anything wrong with delivering a condolence message from my party. But I respect Senior Chief Lukwa and I will appear before him. He is my chief after all,” he said.

The incident is just one of the several occurrences where politicians have caused problems by trying to outdo each other during funerals.

Similar incidents also occurred during the burial ceremony of victims of the Mlowe boat accident in Rumphi and also at a similar function for former cabinet minister, Robson Chirwa in Mzuzu.

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