Malawi VP Kachali leads M’mbelwa’s body viewing

Thousands of Malawians from all walks of lives led by Vice President Khumbo Kachali paid their last respects to the late Inkosi Ya Makosi Mbelwa IV at Mtunthama residence, with preachers cautioning leaders to dedicate their service to serving Malawians.

hief M’mbelwa IV died on Tuesday at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, where he was treated for a diabetes attack. He was 56.

Reverend Maurice Munthali opened the viewing with prayers, and Kachali followed by Speaker  of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda and Ministers such as Henry Phoya, Grace Maseko, Goodall Gondwe and Ken Kandodo. All Mzimba MPs save for Reverend Christopher Ngwira paid their respects.

Former presidential spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba was present.

Senior Inkosi Mpherembe who has been acting as spokesperson was joined by Senior Chief Tsabango who led Lilongwe Chiefs to pay their homage to their colleague.

Former Speaker of Parliament Louis Chimango also came to pay his respects.

Vice president Khumbo Kachali pays last respect to late Inkosi ya makosi Mbelwa IV as he leads the viewing ceremony at Mtunthama State Lodge. pic by Felix Washon, MANA.

Vice president Khumbo Kachali pays last respect to late Inkosi ya makosi Mbelwa IV as he leads the viewing ceremony at Mtunthama State Lodge. pic by Felix Washon, MANA.

The Mtunthama residence saw an increased wailing when Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu arrived and he broke down into tears. He was the closest friend of the deceased.

As Lukwa settled down different people walked slowly to pay their respects with various MPs from different parties coming in at different intervals.

The Religious community saw Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Assemblies of God President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and many retired men of God coming to pay their respects.

Around 3.45, leader of Opposition John Tembo came with a delegation of Malawi Congress Party officials and he briefly attended evening prayers which were also attended by Vice President Kachali.

As Tembo left, former official hostess Mama C.Tamanda Kadzamira also turned up, before the day was concluded by the arrival of opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acting president Professor Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika, who sat near Kachali, attended the prayers and left after the Vice President had left.

The only major political grouping absent was the UDF.

Heir to the throne Mkhosi Jere had been receiving condolences and the body leaves Mtunthama residence on Thursday a after prayers for his Edingeni headquarters where public viewing will be on Friday.

The late chief has since been accorded a State funeral. Burial is scheduled at his headquarters in Edingeni on Saturday with a nine gun salute.

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