Preparations for this year’s Kulamba cultural ceremony have been put on hold as organisers continue to monitor the Covid situation.
The preparations commence with meetings that run from March to early August at Mkaika in Zambia.
The ceremony, which is held on the final Saturday of August every year, draws Chewa chiefs and their subjects from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, who throng Mkaika to pay tribute to their king Kalonga Gawa Undi.
Local traditional leaders from other ethnic groups such as Lhomwe, Ngoni, Yao and Tumbuka also lead their subjects to the ceremony.
However, the Covid pandemic compelled organisers to call off last year’s event as a safety measure.
Chewa coordinator Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu District said Gawa Undi has ordered his subjects against starting preparations until there is a significant reduction in Covid cases.
“Our king Kalonga Gawa Undi is asking all Chewa chiefs in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique to advise their subjects that preparations for Kulamba will not start until there is a significant reduction in Covid cases,” Lukwa said.