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Gonapamuhanya ceremony shifted

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Traditional leaders from the camp of Mtima Gondwe of the Chikulamayembe Chieftaincy have changed the dates for this year’s Tumbuka cultural event of Gonapamuhanya from this weekend to October 26.

The change comes after the other camp of Joseph Bongololo Gondwe said they would announce later dates for the event.

But Senior Group Village Head Kawazamawe, who speaks for the Mtima Gondwe faction, said the latter has decided to shift the dates following a request from Tumbuka chiefs of Zambia who said they would be engaged this week with another cultural ceremony in their country.

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Kawazamawe said the acting chief accepted the plea because they wanted all Tumbuka chiefs to attend the event.

“We have changed the dates not because of the chieftaincy wrangles. It is because the acting paramount chief wants to celebrate Gonapamuhanya with fellow Tumbuka chiefs from Zambia. He has accepted to change the dates,” Kawazamawe said.

He reiterated that all political party leaders have been invited to attend the cultural festival.

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Rumphi District Commissioner, Fred Movete, recently said he has not yet received the name of a person who has been chosen to be the next Tumbuka king.

But last week, both camps of Mtima Gondwe and Joseph Bongololo Gondwe were separately cerebrating that they had chosen the next Chikulamayembe.

The last paramount chief Chikulamayembe died in November last year and during the funeral ceremony, government asked families to choose his replacement without wrangles.

Recently, the court also directed royal families to choose the heir to the throne on their own after the matter was brought before it in Mzuzu.

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