Lhomwes, Gawa Undi mourn Ngolongoliwa


By Jameson Chauluka & Ronald Mpaso:


The Mulhako wa Alhomwe Cultural Heritage has lost a pillar in the death of their Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa, chairperson of the grouping Leston Mulli Tuesday said.

“Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa was more than just a chief. He was the source of everything you can think of. He was holding us the Lhomwes together and teaching us how to live in peace with other people. He encouraged us to look for traditional solutions to our problems, including medicine,” he said at a press conference he addressed in Blantyre.


Mulli urged the nation to mourn Ngolongoliwa, who died on Sunday at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital after a long illness, with love and dignity.

Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi, through coordinator of Chewas in Malawi Chief Lukwa of Kasungu District, has also condoled Malawi over Ngolongoliwa’s death.

“The entire Chewa tribe is shocked with the death of Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa. The chief used to attend our Kulamba Cultural Ceremony and we used to share ideas on how to promote our cultures,” the Zambia-based Gawa Undi said.


“He was a chief full of ideas and was development-conscious. We will miss his friendliness and wisdom. Malawi has lost a pillar.”

Born Laelo Costa Juma on February 18 1950, Ngolongoliwa was elevated to the position of Paramount Chief on March 09 2017.

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika, who directed that Ngolongoliwa should be buried with military honours, is expected to attend the paramount chief’s burial today.

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