Bees attack ‘Mbona’ worshippers: Rain seeking sacrifice in Chikwawa

An ancient Mang’anja tribe in Chikhwawa on Monday abruptly abandoned their rain seeking sacrifices to their god, mbona, after a bees severely attacked them forcing seven of the 200 people who were in a forest for the sacrifice to be admitted to Ngabu Rural Hospital.

Chief Lundu : Government should help in irrigation

Chief Lundu : Government should help in irrigation

Village headman Matengambili of chief Ngabu in Chikhwawa said the tribesmen had gathered at a shrine in Matengambili forest to give the sacrifice in view of the prolonged dry spell.

“We wanted to ask favours from mbona to give us rain lest we perish. As we were giving the sacrifice, a swam of bees came and beat most of the people who were there, scattering all of us in different directions for cover,” said the village head.

The tribe is an ancient dating back to the history of Malawi. It is said that in old days, when elders gave the sacrifice at mbona shrines, rain fell immediately in abundance.

However, the power of mbona has been weakened with the coming in of new religions like Christianity and Islam that believe in one God though with different names.

Group Village Headman Matengambiri said seven people were seriously injured and rushed to Ngabu Rural hospital where they were admitted.

The village headman said they organized this after a thorough reflection of the past; traditionally sacrifices are made to ask for forgiveness and mercy.

But other chiefs including Paramount Chief Lundu and Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South Illias Karim blamed government for failing to implement long term irrigation technologies and ensure that people are utilizing the Shire River and be food secured.

Karim further called on fellow politicians to walk the talk by seriously implementing sustainanble irrigation technologies so that people do not die of hunger.

He said he has now resorted to personally helping over 6000 people in his area severely hit by food shortage.

Chief Ngabu said the offer of the sacrifice to mbona was a desperate attempt to have rains and echoed Karim’s sentiments for irrigation as a lasting solution to the problem.

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Department has predicted rainfall across the country from January 25 to January 31 across the country.

The department warns of flash floods in Chikhwawa and other flood prone areas accompanied with thunder and strong winds.

Mbona was a legendary rain maker with superhuman powers who lived in Nsanje. He had knowledge of medicine and magic, and had a gift bestowed onto him from the heavens to govern the rains.

Apart from bringing rain, he could also create wells of water on sandy lands, create forests where they did not exist and hide from enemies by turning into other creatures such as guinea fowls.

He had a wife named Salima who almost always stayed in the compound, only visited by elderly women and children. She ventured on a few occasions to some villages assisting Mbona on matters of divinity.

Mbona’s Khulubvi sacred shrine is located in Nsanje district. It is an important spiritual place among the people of Mng’anja tribe. It is a place where the Mang’anja worship the spirit of Mbona.

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42 thoughts on “Bees attack ‘Mbona’ worshippers: Rain seeking sacrifice in Chikwawa”

  1. A Phiri says:

    An ancient Mang’anja tribe?

  2. Emran says:

    Ask almighty Allah he will bring rain not what ur doin

  3. chris john sakala says:

    When you want to do something don`t show off.This universe is bad.Satan is around the corner.Bees magic

  4. jomi says:

    days of worshiping spirits are gone. why not believing in God?

    1. John says:

      A far more sensible approach would be to avoid stirring up wild bees nests unnecessarily?
      It is not exactly rocket science is it to see the real connections between events, is it?
      As for water, as others have pointed out, it would be better to invest in irrigation technology.
      Again, it is not exactly rocket science to perceive technology as providing a solution, is it?
      Until you all apply human powers of reason towards solving problems you will not advance.
      It is no good waiting for external agencies to solve your own problems. Solve them now!

  5. WA KU SAKATA ZOMBA says:

    REPENT and then TURN to ALLAH. INDEED. HE will definitely bring down some rain from the skies

    1. John says:

      Don’t be ridiculous.
      There is no allah.
      It is just a figment of your wild imagination.
      There are also questions as to whether or not Moses, Jesus or Mohamed ever even existed.
      Strange – is it not – that no contemporary evidence whatsoever for them existed while they were said to be alive? You would think that such historically important figures would have had lots written about them at the time they were said to be living. But NO – nothing at all.
      Try to get real for once in your life.

  6. Dickens says:

    Waaaaa! Pepa mphale…

  7. Dickens says:

    Waaaaa, pepani

  8. Mapwiya says:

    Even Mbona is bitter with Malawi. “Yakwiya ndi mizimu”. It came as no surprise, the rate at which corruption is institutionalized in Malawi from grassroots, district, regional and national levels, the so called minority rights “gays”, tribalism, jealous and envy amongst we Malawians Mbona ayenera kukwiya basi.

    Anyway my thoughts and prayers are with those victims of bees attach. Get well soon folks.

  9. Pempero says:

    Many ways to go to God Almighty. I believe these people’s prayers were genuine and from deep down their hearts, unlike those staged fashion show tvm prayers.

  10. Waglory says:

    Hahahahaha zilipobe zomapembeza mafano? Kudelera Chauta eti?

  11. kambwali says:

    chauta wawo waynkha ndi njuchi mmalo mwa mvula

  12. Bigman munthu waMulungu says:

    Kkk, koma yah. Kodi anthu adakakhulupilirabe mafano?? Mulungu wamoyo mwini mvulayo kumutaya uko!! Now that you were scattered & injured by bees whats do you say?!!! Kkk

  13. Ophiri says:

    Zikanangokulumani kwambiri,machimo tho!zisilu inu tatiyeni tingolapa machimowa,komanso nanu ena opereka makomenti, ma paragraph muzichepesako,timatopa kuwerenga komenti ya nokhanu

  14. Myao says:

    MBUZI YAYIKULU APA NDI YOMWE IKUTI IRRIGATION IS ‘LASTING SOLUTION” KODI POPANDA MVULA MADZI A IRRIGATION AMU SHIRE ACHOKERA KUTI??? TILAPE NDIKUPEWA ZIMACHIMO IZI MUKUVOMERA ZA MATHANYULAZI !!! REPENT, PRAY FOR THE RAINS AND THEN IMPLEMENT IRRIGATION!! KUGANIZA MOPEREWERA BASI, SHIRE OLO ATASIYA KUMATHIRA MU ZAMBEZI PALIBE VUTO KWA A MALAWITU!

  15. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    LET YAHWEH GOD, THE ONLY SOLE CREATOR AND TRUE GOD, THE KING OF KINGS, THE GOD OF GODS, AND THE LORD OF LORDS ARISE NOW! AND HUMBLE ALL THE GODS BEING WORSHIPPED BY PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, MORE THAN HE HUMBLED DAGON THE PHILISTINES GOD, THROUGH THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR BETTER AND MORE POWERFUL AND GLORIOUS COVENANT!! ARISE AND AND PULVERISE THEM IN YOUR PRESENCE O LORD! SO THAT THEY THAT FEAR AND TRUST IN THEM SHOULD KNOW THAT AFTER ALL THEY ARE NO GODS AT ALL!!! ARISE O GOD AND BURN THE FALSE CHRISTS MADE OF CHEAP PAPER, WOOD, PLASTICS, GOLD, SILVER, CLAY, STONES, ELECTRONICS, WITH THEIR FALSE CROSSES OF THIEVES AND MURDERERS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ONLY ONE CROSS OF GOLGOTHA THAT CANNOT BE IMMITATED BY ANY MAN’S FUTILE IMAGINATIONS OF MAN’S OWN FOOLISH AND DARKENED HEART O GOD! ARISE O YAHWEH GOD IN JESUS CHRIST’S NAME AND BURN ALL THE DEMONIC ENTITIES BEHIND ALL THESE FALSEHOODS AND VANITIES OF VANITIES, SO THAT SOCIETIES, CITIES, AND NATIONS SHOULD KNOW ONLY YAHWEH GOD I THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY TRUE WAY TO THE FATHER THROUGH HIS BLOOD OF THE CROSS AND LORD HOLY SPIRIT!!! FRUSTRATE ALL TOKENS OF LIARS ABBA FATHER, MORE THAN YOU DID IT IN THE DAYS OF BALAAM, JANNES, AND JAMBERS IN EGYPT AND ETHIOPIA!!! RAISE THE GENUINE TO SWALLOW UP THE COUNTERFEITS THAT HAVE DECEIVED RACES, KINDREDS, TONGUES, PEOPLE AND NATIONS OF THE WORLD FOR LONG ENOUGH NOW O LORD!!!! ARISE AND JUDGE NATIONS WITH YOUR JUDGEMENT TAMPERED WITH MERCIES O LORD IN THESE FINAL DAYS OF GRACE FATHER! SEND THUNDER, LIGHTNING, VOICES, AND EARTHQUAKES FROM YOUR LOFTY HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, YOUR HEAVENLY ZION, AND SWEEP THIS DELUGE OF LIES ALL AROUND US FATHER, FOR WE ARE ALL YOUR OFFSPRINGS FATHER OF ALL CREATION, THAT WE MAY HUMBLE LIKE ISRAEL AND TURN AWAY FROM THESE BABYLONIAN IDOLATRIES AND INIQUITIES, MORE THAN YOU DID IN THE DAYS OF ELIJAH AND THE JUDGES AND KINGS OF ISRAEL, AND MORE THAN YOU DID IT IN THE DAYS OF NINEVEH O LORD!!! FOR YOU ARE ABLE FATHER TO DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, ABOVE ALL THAT WE ARE ASKING, THINKING OR IMAGINING IN OUR SMALL MINDS ABBA FATHER. IN JESUS’S NAME!! AMEN!!!!

  16. Tillda says:

    hahahhahahahahahahaha let GOD be GOD

  17. AL-SHABAB says:

    Asasamba inu zikanango kuphani,mwanva kuti Mwini chilengedwe sangatipase nvula mesa ndi machimo athu akupangisa!tilape basi(yesaya 59 :1-2)imat chani.nanu Boma ndalama mma news paper zoti zitithandize nde tikupasidwa mumatani nazo mawa muzizati caash gate kuntima kwanu beee anthu akuvutika kosowa ndi ma tradal pamp omwe he he he he he malawi

  18. Lino Mando says:

    Koma ndiye paragraph yoyamba, line 2, inu a Kapoto, m’pakana ”beat”. Njuchi zimenezo? Chavutatu apa chingerezi!

  19. blackberry says:

    Turn to Christianity now…you will know the truth.

  20. Phiri says:

    God told children of israel not to worship any other gods, other than Him for He is God of Jealous. So stop your nonses and give Glory to the Lord for he is the provider.

  21. Ontologist says:

    Munyanya kokathira nsembe kwa mbona mutavala ma suit ndi masukunala.

  22. Phiri says:

    trust in God&God wll provide everything

  23. tomali says:

    lets switch our old minds to omnipotent omniscent and the almighty one in heaven

  24. WASSIE says:

    mbona sangapereke mvula.

  25. Happy Mangani from Mzuzu says:

    Plz Let God hv mercy on them momuno mmalawi anthu osamudziwa Mulungu wazatheka bwanji people who are capable tiyeni tiwatha ndize a Malawi anzathu aku Msanje amudziwe Namalenga,Malawi is a God fearing Nation why this happening to our fellow brethren?

  26. BigMan says:

    Mbona is not an idol.

    How unfortunate to see fully grown Malawians emasculated of their own culture for colonial alternatives that are just as “faith based” as Mbona.

    1. John says:

      Your comment is one of the most progressive I have seen on this site.
      It is high time that all Malawians put ersatz gods and idols behind them.
      Such superstitious nonsense in this day and age is highly regrettable.
      Incidentally, the reporter – Mr Kapoto? – the collective noun for bees is a swarm, not a swam.

  27. TCHAMA says:

    Be patient my fellow SENAZ, God’s time iz olwz the best. Mvula ibwera yabwino……………………. kapena mudandaula kuti chaka chino zakudya za relief sizipezeka kaamba kosowa mvula??????

  28. detegent says:

    chilichonse chikachitika pamakhala phunziro ine ndatengapo apa ndi choti mulungu ndiwa nsanje safuna tipembeze chilichonse koma iye basi. kwa amene amakhulupirira iye olo mvula isagwe chakudya cha ana ake sichizasowa ayi

  29. mameeee says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….seriously guys,,Nsanje people in this modern day you still worship idols?hahahahahahahaha…NDAKOMOKA

  30. mtochi says:

    Those bees just show that Idol worshipping is evil.

  31. Bona says:

    Jehovah was angry. Dont worship idols

  32. Witcan says:

    To hell with your Mbona. Time for worshiping idols has gone. Bravo our Almighty God for giving you the punishment, amenewo ndi mafano. Stop worshiping other gods apart from God ! for there is only one God to be worshiped, praised and honoured.

  33. Samuel says:

    Mulungu mvula atipasa. ikubwera yochuluka. Amafuna mupuse kaye. Iye amagwiritsa china chiri chonse chifukwa ndi Mulengi wa zones. Mwaziona njuchi a Mfumu? Zatiposa nzeru apatu? Mbona anafa adaola sangakupaseni mvula. mulungu ndiodziwa. Bwenzi mukuyamika mbona apa. Mapeto a sabata ino mpaka mu February mvula mvula mvula. Kudziwike kuti ndi Mulungu wa nsanje. Iye amadana ndi kuti anthu akhale nayo milungu ina. Taonani a Malawi mwasa mafano. Ena akuti mbona, ena akuti ma donor ndi moratorium ya mathanyula, ena akuti Mulungu kulibe. Zamanyazi a Malawi. Pamene munthu wagonja Mulungu amayambira pompo. Sayansi ya lephera, mzungu walephera, munthu walephera. Ndinthawi ya Ambuye tsopano ino. Ndakhala ndikumuuza Pitala kuti asaope mzungu koma akhulupilire Mulungu wathu wa moyo koma iye adasankha kuopa mzungu lero ndi izi akapanda kuchosa moratorium ya mathanyula anzunzitsa a Malawi ndipo alamula movutika kwambiri. Palibe chiyende chifukwa nzungu wake akumudalirayo naye alibe chuma. Chuma chosatha chiri kwa Mulungu kudzera mu ulemelero wa Ambuye wathu Yesu Kristu.Musamaiwale dala malamulo a Mulungu. “NDINE MULUNGU WA NSANJE. USAKHALE NAYO MILUNGU INA KOMA INE NDEKHA. USAZIPANGIRE FANO LA CHINTHU CHIRI CHONSE CHA THAMBO LA KUMWAMBA, PADZIKO LAPANSI KAPENA PANSI PANTHAKA. USAZIGWADIRE IZO. USAZIPEMBEDZEZO.” AMALAWI TIYENI TIPEMPHERE MULUNGU AMATIKONDA NDIPO TIKOLOLANSO TISATAYE MTIMA NGAKHALE KUTI MADERA ENA SIZIAKOMERA KUMENE. AMBUYE DALITSANI MALAWI MUNSUNGE MUMTENDERE. AMENI.

  34. Journo says:

    Za zii nthawi ino nkumapemphera ma spirits? Kupepera basi

  35. dzambo says:

    This is indeed a desperate situation. Lord Elyon please help us!

  36. John says:

    This story just goes to show that any belief in non-existent gods is not only a waste of time but injurious to physical and mental health, regardless of whatever names are give to gods.
    None of them exist and there is no such thing as an after-life.
    Only fools believe otherwise – and end up getting stung for their stupidity.

  37. Kikikikiki says:

    Kikikikikiikiki

  38. kukhala says:

    VERY BAD NEWS FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO GOT AFFECTED BY BEES

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