Chewa Heritage disown arrested Gulewamkulu: Accuses Muslims of impersonating

Tempers flared on Friday in Lilongwe when Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO) officials told a news conference which was also attended by the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) and the Malawi Police Service that the people causing havoc while  disguising  themselves as Gulewamkulu, do not belong to them.

Chefo officials addressing  reporters

Chefo officials addressing reporters

Traditional Authority Kalumba spekaing to Nyasa Times

Traditional Authority Kalumba spekaing to Nyasa Times

Gulewamkulu has been causing problem in Lilongwe’s Area 36, Kaphiri, Mgona, Ngomani, Mtsiliza, and Kauma.

This prompted the Police unleash their special force who arrested four members in the process.

Irked by the reports CHEFO sent a special team which intercepted another grouping  “Gule wamkulu” dancers.

Addressing members of the media, CHEFO Sub-Committee Chairman for tradition and chiefs, Lysan Banda said he was not happy that people from other tribes are the ones tarnishing the image of the Gulewamkulu.

“For example there are four people in the custody at the moment, after asking them we have heard them speaking that they are not Chewas. There is Issa Hussen from Zomba who told us that he is a Yao and a devoted Moslem, and two other Yao people from Mangochi and the last one is Ganizani Chikhasu, a Ngoni from Ntcheu, by the look of things here you can see that people of other tribes are the ones bringing confusion by taking advantage over Gulewamkulu popularity,” said Banda.

Traditional Authority Kalumbu said it is indeed true that the Chewa tradition has clear guidelines on when should Gulewamkulu come out.

“We knew from the start that the Gulewamkulu which is causing problem in town is fake,” Banda said..

Statement by Banda and T/A Kalumba angered the Muslim officials who hit back at CHEFO officials.

MAM officials led by its chairperson for Lilongwe district, Sheikh Ibrahim Hackim Mussa gave all history over how genuine Gulewamkulu has been giving problems in the district.

“Was the group of Gulewamkulu dancers  from Kauma which stepped and  danced in the Kauma Mosque fake? Was the Gulewamkulu which caused havoc in Mitundu another fake?”he queried.

However, Mussa was quickly interrupted by the T/A Kalumba who said all the issues which the Sheikh was reciting were already dealt with and that they are water under the bridge.

But sheikh Mussa insisted that the problem in Malawi is that people fail to differentiate between a Yao and a Muslim.

“What Malawians must know is that being Yao does not mean that one is a Muslim,” Said Mussa who looked angry throughout the meeting.

Speaking during the news conference Police Public relations officer for Lilongwe Kingsley Dandaula appealed for decorum in the way how Gulewamkulu should be handled.

Dandaula also confirmed the arrest of the Gulewamkulu members.

“They are answering two charges first one is unlawful wounding and the other one is on breach of peace,” said Dandaula.

In September this year some sector of the society asked Government to declare the Gulewamulu a terrorist organisation after the same fake Gulewamkulu had hacked Chikondi Mbewe, 14, after chasing him for a while around their compound and when he and his friends ran into a neighbour’s house to hide, the Gulewamkulu invaded the house and beat up the boys and girls who had tried in vain to take refuge in different places in the house including under bed.

Many people in the locality, especially boys and girls, have been injured by Gulewamkulu as the community was preparing for the installation of village headman Chisuka who is within Area 36, under Traditional Authority (T/A) Tsabango.

The same Gulewamkulu has been found touching breasts of young girls.

 

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

41 thoughts on “Chewa Heritage disown arrested Gulewamkulu: Accuses Muslims of impersonating”

  1. Concerned Zambian says:

    Its good to read what people are saying about the issue. First and foremost everyone must realise that we all one people. We may belong to different tribes or religions and yet we are one people – whether in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique or other country.

    whenever a problem has arisen, ensure you concentrate on the main ingredients and not the matters that might simply anger others. For example, do not mention the tribe or religion of those that were involved in the confusion and harassment of innocent people. Just allow the law to take its course.

    We live in a world that is so different from yesteryears when tribe was a key distinguishing mark. Therefore lets not be divided just because the culprit comes from this or that tribe. Deal with the worng doers and let others learn a good lesson. Chewa people are generally very peaceful and so are people of other tribes too. No one wants to be disrepected. Therefore lets not indulge in traditional practices of other tribes without full knowledge of what it takes to do so. No Gulewamkulu is allowed to cause terror to any group of people especially women and children. No traditional leader would allow that.

    Sorry to those who were misrepresentated either by tribe or religion.

  2. youna says:

    Gulewamkulu wa ku town amapangidwa ndi mijomba thats why amakhala wachisawawa. Eni ake a gulefe sitingapange utsiru ngati umenewu. Nyau za jando ndi zimene zikusokoneza. Munamvako kudambo kukumveka maina oti “Hussein kapena Issa”? Achawa inu chonde chonde leave gulewamkulu for the Chewas!! Mukakamira muzingoyaluka nazo…..

  3. Kadziotche says:

    Anthu amenewo ndi agule basi.Kaya kwao nku Zomba,Mangochi,oro Ntcheu.Bwanji simukana pometa athu kuti nza a Chewa okha okha? Vuto la open access to culture ndi limeneli.Mpaka mzungu (ati a Chisale,wansembe wa Katolika) anameta ku Mua,ku Mtakataka!Kufwala gule.Nyau is an esoteric tradition koma inu wautchipitsa mwambo uja.

    Inu a CHEFO mwachepa.Mumangotha kutolera ndalama zopitira ku Zambia kwa Gawa basi. Milandu ikagwa nthawi zonse mumangoti “si ife”. Si inudi.Inu mulibe dabwe.Inu si mfumu.Mafumu anu mu CHEFOmo ali patali ndi pa ground pomwe pakuchitika zinthu.Chalo Lukwa,Chalo Kaomba ali ku Kasungu,mlandu wachitika ku Lilongwe ayankhapo bwanji? Ayankhe aku LL omwewo.

    Free advice: CHEFO should not meddle in criminal cases.It will tarnish it’s name.Let the law take its course.

  4. Kanyimbi says:

    Hahahah, chilombo chogwira mabere a azimayi. Koma zilombo zinazi.

  5. kate says:

    Musalire apa za gule wankulu. This is a demonic dance and therefore anyone associated with it falls under the same influence of demons.

  6. magenge says:

    Kodi achewa mumakananso abale anu. Nonse ndi achewa basi nanga ku Zomba mtundu wao ndi chani? Munthu kukhala Isa Hasan ndekuti simchewa? Mesa bola amake ali a chewa basi. Sir name sinkhani pachikhalidwe cha achewa. Za achewa izi ndi abale awo opanda mtundu. Two tribes are well known in Malawi Tumbuka and Chewa well maybe Yaos too the rest are covered under major tribes. Ngakhale Bingu anayesela kutchukisa muthako wa alomwe but most lomwe cannot even speak their language and pravtice Chewa language and culture

  7. kk says:

    Muslims are not Yaos and Yaos are not muslims. Umbuli ku Malawi too much. Ena amati amwenye achiyao meaning amwenye a chisilamu.

  8. 2016 welcome says:

    Truth pains. Yes! Not all Yaos are Muslims but most Muslims in Malawi are Yaos. Fact. Again the same principle holds true: not all Muslims are terrorists but most terrorists are Muslims.

  9. Saphwetha. says:

    Islam isnt Yao and Yao isnt Islam,i know plenty yao christians,how does chefa knw if those guys are giving fakes names and home of origin if one of the guys is from ntcheu then probe these guys more.We have criminal minded pipo across all religions.

  10. AKA NYAKWAWA says:

    each creature in a mask isn’t gule wamkulj…..gulewamkulu is a traditional dance for the chewa which appears occasionally eg chizangala, maliro,ufumu and during political and many other developmental social gatherings…however….thieves, killers and other immoral pipo have taken advantage of the mask of gule wamkulu and would like to dent its immage…its defamatory to the greatest traditional practice for the chewa when some pipo use it in their own way…the gule wamkulu does not just come out without authority…when investigating this the police must ask who in terms pf a chief authorised the outing of the big dance…if it lacks backing from chiefs it doesnt qualifu to be a big dance….ask them mafita anyawu mchani?? or hire me to quiz them dambe and liunde questions tione ngati angakhoze mayeso akugule wamkulu amenewo.

  11. Hamza Wotch says:

    Nyawu imatuluka imatuluka nthawi yokolora!zoonadi fake Nyawu,and Nyawu ikatuluke mtauni ya LL ndabwe yake ili kuti?

  12. Der Kiler says:

    Dala Inu Koma

  13. Ghadhaffi says:

    Zaucitsiru izi cikhalidwe canji comasowetsa ena mtendere. Mumayambitsa dala zopusa zanuzo mukagwidwa muzinamizira Asilamu colinga kufuna kuipitsa cipembedzo cha anzanu kaje ndinunso mbuli zotheratu pomuwe mulipo simudziwanso kusiyanitsa pakati pa CHIYAO ndi CHISILAMU.Kodi mesa mmawagwira dala amitundu inayo nkuwapititsa kudambwe kwanuko? Lero akamacita zomwe munawaphunzitsa kuzithaphwi kwanuko mukuwakananso kt si amtundu wanu,zitsiru acewa anthu otuwa inu osasamba,nkhumba zacabecabe.Tithetsa ife zikhalidwe zanu zautsiruzo.

  14. Tengupenya says:

    Specifics are important in this wrangle. The specific events should be analyzed in their own right. Why?

    a) Nyau from the Chewa Gulewamkulu cult has specific traditions which are strictly adhered to. The Nyau do not just mix with people in the public arena or in their residential areas. They have a frame of reference for practice and discipline, under a specific Dambwe and Chief.

    b) Gulewamkulu mimicked by every Jim and Jack has no frame of reference for practice and discipline. This is created for various reasons, mostly vengeance for grievances, theft, or for disturbing the peace. Occasionally, the mimicked Gulewamkulu is created for fun.

    Who is practicing (b)? This is the core of the matter. It is anybody, and it can include some Chewa people. But this is distinct from the cultural Nyau tradition. This one is a gangster tradition masquerading as a cultural cult.

    So what should be done to get to the root of the core problem?

    When a Nyau or Gulewamkulu is caught engaging in antisocial behaviours, it must be traced to its Dambwe. That must be the starting point before Yaos, Muslims and Chewas are blamed. What is a pity is that in some parts of Lilongwe, there has been several rounds of conflict between Chewa chiefs and Muslims surrounding the contrasting sacred preserves of the two groups. This must not be allowed to rear its head again. Religion/culture conflicts must be resolved by the State. Chiefs and Religious leaders in Lilongwe can never resolve a conflict between them without the participation of the State. And this is not only between the Chewa culture and the Muslim religion. In Lilongwe, conflict is also rife between the Chewa culture and Christianity. This conflict seems mute because certain boundaries between the two have been agreed. The State can influence similar agreement in respect of the Chewa Culture/Muslim conflict in Lilongwe. They two must respect their differences and let live of each other within mutually respected boundaries. Religious grounds must be out of bounds for Nyau. Similarly, religion practitioners must respect Nyau grounds and spheres of influence. Live and let live.

  15. Lioyd kalebe says:

    Ameneyo ndigule wongoyeselera kufuna kuyesa mphavu za eniake enieni zaphadabasi iyaaaaa

  16. Sake Chilling says:

    Especially when they walk along the road completely naked…..where does that come from?

  17. fwitondo says:

    Osamabisalira muchikhalidwe cha eni .musawayitse achewa,sakudziwani ndani kuti ndinu mbala ndani.magazi basi

  18. Zowona zimenezo munthu wa ku Zomba angakavale zinyawu ku Lilongwe? I don’t think so. Take responsibility.

  19. onyanja says:

    Ochewa kukonda zobisa, multi ndi khalidwe lonyása. Munthu amakhala chilombo? Zaumve komanso u primitive basi. China ndizapha ndi galimoto ine asa shupiti zanu

  20. nyasa boss says:

    EEEEH BOLA LERO TAVAKO ZINA OSATI DAILY ZA A TUMBUKA NGATI ALIPO OKHA KUTI MALAWI

  21. moffat lungu says:

    WHAT ARE CHIOEFS DOING ABOUT THE MESS? CAN THE DC BAN THESE GULEWAMKULUS IN THE AREAS CONCERNED AND THAT ANYONE FOUND PERFORMING IT BE ARRESTED? THIS CAN BRING SANITY.

  22. ZAnga phee says:

    MAM should also draw a line to Let the world know who yao are and who MUslim are.see my name.

  23. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT says:

    These “conflicts” are inevitable; and will get worse. One should only look at the rate of migration from the impoverished Southern Region. These people are not just migrating to the national capital but also other districts: go to KU, SA, DZ, DA, & see for yourself. This is the laziness which is killing our economy.
    If Malawi is to develop economically, this migration has to be minimized; and then make people more productive right in their districts. That Sheikh should actually be in Mangochi or ZA. Okay, okay; it may well be his right to be in the capital; but what value does he bring to that town? What does Malawi lose by having him in LL as opposed to ZA? Wouldn’t he be more useful to ZA than he is to LL? Does Malawi have people who ponder over these issues? Abale capital simudzi; …

  24. wovinidwa Ine says:

    For too long, Gulewankulu have been acting in a way that deprives others freedom of space etc. And equally seriously, terrorizing so-called trespassers, and those the Gules simply do not like.

    Only solution: ban this cult baasi. Make it illegal to belong to it. And serious imprisonment with HL for those breaking the law..

  25. Lhomwe 2 says:

    Izi so nde za fodya gule gule for what kuba basi…….shit!!!!!

    8

  26. Aaaa mpaka ayawo koma gule wanga waphweka mtauni.Mukapeza nyawu ya chiyawo iphani koma ya chichewa ndi culture imeneyo.No case against that traditional dancer.Ayawo alibe mfundo out of all tribes in Malawi, just imagine instead warning youth on interfering into other culture akukamba za kale.Ndakuona!ndakuona! kokaa kamano wanga puma.

  27. Schizy says:

    Kodi muzamva liti zoti chisilamu sichiyao? Mbuli za anthuuuuuuu

  28. OKESTA KAPAWALA says:

    AMAYESELA GULE AMANGENI

  29. Mizozodo says:

    Achewa savomera akalakwitsa,

  30. Inu Golo Chalo, mundikhalire chete, Ife Angoni aku Ntcheu tikakwatira M’chewa timauzidwa kuti Tigule Njira, Ndiye inu mukudabwa bwanji kuti M’ngoni ndiwagule wamkulu? Ku Mchinji ndi Dedza kuli Angoni ambiri a gule wamkulu chifukwa timakhalira limodzi komanso pakati pa mitundu iwiriyi pali Maukwati, Ku Dedza kuli Inkosi Kazi Kachindamoto ndi Mfumu Kachere ndipo Ku Mchinji ku Mfumu Mavwere ndi Mfumu Mlonyeni, Kodi izi mwaiwala? Inu Asilamu siyanitsani pakati pa Chisilamu ndi Mtundu wachiyao omwe umagaiza kuti Mtumiki Muhamad anali wa mtundu wachiyao.

  31. Malawianah says:

    Gule wa nkulu(nyau) ndi gule wa chewa zoona, koma siyese amene wavala masaka kuti ndi Nyau ai.Angoni ali ndi Gule wao ndie Ingoma..nanga bwanji pamangidwa mngoni.Ayao ali ndi magule awo monga Beni koma bwanji pamangidwa ayao..mitundu inayi ikungofuna kuyipitsa mbiri ya achewa..AMANGENI MUSAWASIYE.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      Ndimayesa beni ndi wa anzthu Atonga, inu a Malawianah?

  32. 2016 welcome says:

    Much as it doesn’t always make sense to defend one’s stand at larger group level, I do believe the Chewas as a tribe is the most tolerant in Malawi. This can easily be measured using political party affliation. It’s a fact that most Chewas are pro MCP, Yaos are pro UDF, Lhomwes are pro DPP and Tumbukas are pro AFORD the only problem with the latter is that the leadership bartered the political grouping for personal gain and followers got orphaned and adopted. The point is the chances of violent resistance are low if any of the political parties go and campaign in the MCP stronghold but chances of violent resistance are high when things happen the other way round. The burning of mosques in some parts in the northern region, the killing of a policeman during a political rally in Thyolo and the restive communities in Mangochi are examples in recent history.

  33. Tangupenya says:

    Declaring gulewankulu a terrorist group? my foot!. that would be too much as we certainly cannot compare these few misguided dancers with Boko Haram for instance, in terms of how they operate and the level of suffering caused on innocent civilians. I think what the chewa leaders should do is to sensitize those who take part or would want to take part in this traditional dance to do so while observing the laws of the land as failure to do so will result in their being arrested.

  34. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Asilamu onse ndi achawa koma nyau zikuvutazi ndo ochewa!

  35. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    NYAU za chakwera zimenezi. Mukulephera kuyendetsa gule ndiye mungayendetse Dziko bambo Chakwera, m’busa wakugwa?

  36. UNECA says:

    Kodi kuyankhula chiyao ndiye kuti ndi m’slam.

  37. Still says:

    CHEFO. Stop these savages called nyau.

  38. Chikakula Chapima says:

    Ochewa; gule sotulutsa nthawi ya njala. Tifunseni ife ochewa weniweni. Mbava za ku Ntcheu ndi ku Mangochi, tenthani nyau zimenezo.

  39. lyton magola says:

    Nawo agile wankulu amawonjeza, chikhalidwe chisamasowetse anthu ena ntendere, mukwidzingidwadi mukamazitengera pamgong’o sinthawi yaka Kamuzu ija munkatisowetsa ntendere ijayi.

  40. Tombolombo says:

    You Can Call Them Malawi Boko Haram

Comments are closed.