Chewa king Gawa Undi urges revivial of growth triangle for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique

Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique has called for the revival of the popular growth triangle for the benefit of the three neighbouring countries.

Kalonga receives maize meal gift from president of Zambia Edgar Lungu
Kalonga receives maize meal gift from president of Zambia Edgar Lungu
Kanyama Phiri leading Chefo to give presents to Kalonga
Kanyama Phiri leading Chefo to give presents to Kalonga
Chiumia with presidetial advsiro Hetherwick Ntaba at Kulamba
Chiumia with presidetial advsiro Hetherwick Ntaba at Kulamba

Speaking during this year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people held at Mkaika — the Chewa headquarters — in Katete on Saturday  the chief through Kulamba national organising committee secretary Raphael Phiri  said that the revival of talks on the growth triangle would significantly foster regional integration and economic development in the three countries.

“Let me remind the three Governments on the need to have Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique develop the growth triangle operations because of its success story. This will yield a lot of benefits for the people in the three countries,” he said.

Kulamba is a Chewa traditional ceremony in which Chewa chiefs pay homage to their king, Kalonga Gawa Undi.

The chiefs briefed the king on the situation in their chiefdoms, highlighting major issues and developments, adding that the Kulamba ceremony started before the 15th Century.

They also presented gifts to the king.

Zambia President-elect Edgar Lungu attended the event and from Malawi it was Minister of Culture, Grace Chiumia who represented government.

Other notable faces included Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre David Bisnowaty, President advisor, Hetherwick Ntaba, MCP regional chair for the centre Patrick Chilondola, and the  Deputy Secretary General for the Malawi Congress Party Elsehower Mkaka who represented MCP President Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

CHEFO chairman Professor Kanyama Phiri led all Chefo members in paying homage to the chief. Chefo gave various gifts to their King.

In 1934, the British colonial authorities, under pressure from the missionaries, banned the Kulamba ceremony.
The missionaries viewed Kulamba as a pagan ritual which promoted immorality and was a barrier to their mission of converting Africans to Christianity.

It is also possible that the colonial authority felt threatened by the Kulamba ceremony as it had the potential of weakening their control over Africans.

The Kulamba ceremony remained banned for 50 years until Kalonga Gawa Undi X (Chibvunga) revived it in 1984.

While in the past each individual chief performed the Kulamba ceremony at their own time, Kulamba is now an event which takes place on the last Saturday of August every year.

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The blessed one
The blessed one
5 years ago

This is one of the dangerous tribal associations as it undermines the sovereignty of the three countries. If we let this association to get mature, it will be easy for Chew/ Lomwes pres candidate to import voters as it is already happening. So what should the govt by the people do? Speed up national ID project in all boarder districts where political leaders of big parties have membership. I hope Kamlepo is reading

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