Paramount chief of the Jele Ngoni in the country, Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa V, returned to the summit of Hora Mountain in Mzimba District on Saturday as he led efforts aimed at promoting the place as a cultural and tourist attraction site.
M’mbelwa first climbed the 1716 metres mountain on December 24 last year to celebrate his wife’s birthday.
This time, he extended invitations to people from all walks of life to join him in conquering the height of the mountain, which also hosts the Umthetho Cultural Festival every year in August.
Upon reaching the top, M’mbelwa led his subjects in the war dance Ingoma with familiar Ngoni songs such as ‘Kamchocho’ and ‘Wezulu Walira’.
M’mbelwa said he was excited to return to mountain’s summit while announcing to the world that the place was fit to be a great tourist attraction and cultural site.
“We just anticipated but, finally, we thank God for enabling us to celebrate our cultural and historic Hora Mountain. We hiked and had fun. Special thanks to everyone for prayers, encouragement, contributions and, above all, the presence. Together, we have conquered.
“We are now welcoming the whole world to Hora. Between 1860 and 1900, many Ngoni chiefs settled around this great place with some of the notable villages in Mzimba District originating from there,” he said.
“Villages like Edingeni, Embangweni, Engalaweni, Ezondweni and many others originated from this mountain,” he added.
M’mbelwa said missionaries also set up Loudon Mission from the mountain before moving it to Embangweni.
“Hora Mountain is also the place where the tomb of Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa the First lies. The site is currently a national monument. Besides, climbing up the steep slopes of Hora is enchanting.
“While on top, one is able to see Chama in Zambia, Mzimba Boma, Lake Malawi and Kasito Valley all the way up to Ezondweni, the headquarters of Senior Chief Inkosi Mtwalo. You may also wish to know that the top of Hora Mountain is as big as a football pitch,” he said.