Malawi government summons Gomani factions


The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development yesterday summoned two factions of the Gomani chieftaincy with the aim of pacifying them.

The Daily Times understands that two representatives each from seven Gomani royal family members attended a meeting which Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa called.

They were accompanied by Ntcheu District Commissioner, Harry Phiri. The meeting is said to have taken place for close to three hours.


In an interview Nankhumwa said a three-member committee of chiefs has been formed to reconcile the family members.

“Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, Senior Chief Mpherembe and Chief Ngabu have been appointed to help in the mediation process. We will brief them later on how they will perform the task,” Nankhumwa said.

The minister added:


“What is important is that the two sides have agreed that it is important to fast-track the process of restoring the dignity of Gomani chieftaincy.”

Representative of both camps could not be reached on their phones for comment.

Last month, some 24 Gomani royal family members resolved to fire Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V, 20-year-old Mswati Willard Kanjedza Gomani, as Paramount Chief for Maseko Ngoni.

The only remaining son of Phillip Gomani, Titus Phillip Gomani, was said to have chaired the meeting.

The decision was made after observing that Mswati and the then regent, Rosemary Malinki, were despising other royal family members including Titus Phillip Gomani.

At that meeting, Titus Phillip Gomani who is the Senior Prince, declared Dingiswayo Samson Gomani as the caretaker Inkosi Ya Makosi.

But later in the month, Gomani royal family advisors, led by Inkosi Njolomole, said Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani cannot be fired because he was born a chief and not appointed.

They said the Ngoni chieftaincy has a well-built structure that cannot be destroyed by any personal influences.

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