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‘My wedding lesson to youth’— Chief Kyungu

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Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga says his upcoming wedding ceremony stands to demonstrate to young people in the country on the need to follow proper formalities of getting into matrimony.

He says marriage is a covenant, hence the need to treat it with utmost seriousness.

Speaking on his behalf, spokesperson for the organising committee, Undule Mwakasungula, said yesterday that as a custodian of culture and tradition, the Ngonde supreme leader seeks to denounce bad cultural practices through action.

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“Young people need not rush into marriage. They should take their time to find, a life partner. Once found necessary procedures should be followed,” said Mwakasungula, who disclosed that the bridegroom-to-be is a strong advocate against child marriages.

He added that the day also serves as a platform for revival of the Ngonde culture.

“Mind you the Paramount Chief Kyungu is a modern traditionalist. Much as he is the custodian of our culture, he is striving in modernising the culture and getting rid of bad and evil cultural practices,” he said.

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Kyungu, whose reign spreads across Karonga and Chitipa district, will on Saturday, September 3, 2016, exchange matrimonial vows with his fiancé Rhoda Banda, a Child Protection Officer at Karonga Police Station.

Church officiation will be held at Kasoba Church of Central African, Presbyterian (CCAP) which will be followed by a traditional reception at Dumila in the same area.

On his big day, Kyungu brings on display traditional dances such as Mapenenga, Ndolo, Chioda and others which espouse the Ngonde ethos.

Mwakasungula said the ceremony will, on the other hand, be a launch pad for various activities of the Karonga Cultural Heritage group towards preservation of culture.

Two years ago, the outspoken traditional leader hatched an idea of an annual cultural festival to celebrate the Ngonde culture like the Lhomwe and the Jele Ngonis of Mzimba do.

“It is the Chief’s ambition to modernise and preserve the Ngonde culture which currently faces Tanzanian influence. Whatever will be showcased on the day is a step towards such direction,” Mwakasungula said.

Born Clement Mwakasungula, Kyungu, who is the third in the Mwakabanga, dynasty, holds a Bachelors degree in Humanities from La Trobe University Melbourne Australia and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Monash University, Victoria in Australia.

He is also an expert in democracy and governance and who sits in various boards of statutory entities in the country including the National Aids Commission (Nac) where he is the Chairperson.

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