Chewa King to grace inauguration of Tonse Alliance govt: Misuse of Gulewamkulu condemned

The Paramount Chief for Chewas in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia,  His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi is expected to attend the official inauguration of Tonse Alliance government  of President Lazarus Chakwera and functional vice-president Saulos Chilima on July 6 2020.

His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi Mkhomo V of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique

Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) has  confirmed that His Majesty Gawa Undi , who congratulated President Chakwera and VP Chilima but would want to witness the Head of State receiving a sword of power to govern Malawi.

Chefo chairperson Professor George Kanyama Phiri  said Gawa Undi was impressed with the handling and outcome of the fresh presidential elections.

President Chakwera said in a tweet on Wednesday that he is working in partnership with the intergovernmental inauguration committee to make sure that the ceremony “conveys the sense that a new dawn has risen on Malawi.”

He said: “This is all on top of hosting several dignitaries who have called on me to express their solidarity with our cause to free Malawians from poverty.”

Meanwhile, the Chewa Heritage Foundation  has condemned the misuse of gulewamkulu by some youths during occassions that are not culturally in line with the traditional dance.

Chefo secretary general Richard Mdyetseni said in comments reported by The Nation that  gulewamkulu is a Chewa traditional dance for special occassions.

“Gulewamkulu is an integral part of the Chewa culture. It is a sacred dance. It is respected. What is happening is actually disheartening,” he said.

Mdyetseni said culturally, gulewamkulu is only performed during three functions.

He said: “We perform gulewamkulu during funerals of gulewamkulu initiates or Chewa chiefs, when a new chief is being installed or during celebrations to mark the harvest period.”

The Chefo secretary general has since described the misuse of the dance as unfortunate, saying it is diluting a special and distinct cultural dance that sets the Chewa apart.

Lilongwe police deputy spokesperson Foster Benjamin said a gulewamkulu member has been arrested for harassing people around Chinsapo Township.

He identified the suspect as Jonathan Kanama, 21, of Chinsapo 2 Township in the district.

Chefo has since distanced the Chewa culture and gulewamkulu from acts of violence.

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Tizanka
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Tizanka

Animal farm

H E Nyaphapi One
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I am going to Mugg&Bean for coffee. Good day folks.

The Sniper
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The Sniper

I think we have a problem, the way i see this article, it has not give us the final and the names of people who are attending the function, it has just picked one who is the Chewa Chief, can you just think before vomiting your dirty to the world, do you think he is the only person who will attend the function? Sometimes we should oppose after reasoning, I mean are you serious with your accusation here? how about Presidents from other Countries, are they not invited? but is this article mentioning any of them? Just give these 2Cs… Read more »

DElusion master
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What is wrong here? The heading is clear saying that the chewa king will come to witness the
innauguration, those other invitations you may do it yourself.

Tusekele Mwanyongo
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Tusekele Mwanyongo

Hahahaha he is a fool

Ray
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Ray

Animal farm. Exit Mulakho enter Chefo.

Zomba
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Looking at the comments here ,i m loving the fact that amalawi atseguka mmaso,asakufuna kupusisidwa .this is state event which is capable of uniting us.ndiye kumabweresa gule wamkulu clear shows an element of tribalism.

KINANASI 1
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6 July is a national cerebration day,all tribes are supposed to potray their cultural dances on this day.Ndi mwayi chabe that this year,it has collided with the inauguration of the new president.Tonse tikhoza kukaonetsa magule a chikhalidwe chathu because this is our day,so gule wamkulu is entittled to perfom at this function,so as all other cultural dances from all malawian tribes

Sanai
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Sanai

Tribalism in Malawi will never end. From Nyau harassing people to this.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Zisayambe ayi & try to seperate MCP from Chewa Tag, we need Malawi for all Malawians. We have just done with Lhomwes feeling superiority now the Chewas want to do tge same? If anything invite all the Traditional Chiefs in Malawi, Inkosi Mbelwa, Gomani & all those other Senior Chiefs from sll corners of our country not only Gawaundi.

Gee
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Sikutinso nanu muyambepo za Mlakho wa a Chewa apa, tikukuonani

Thyolo2
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Thyolo2

Zoonadi. Kalonga Gawa Undi musakhale Ngolongoliwa wa aChewa.

PM Senior
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PM Senior

Anyone breaking the law must face the law in court.No any party official will be involved,its the story of the past.

Flamingo
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Flamingo

Nawo ma cadet awo nda amenewo, Gulen wamkulu thus why they have been terrorising innocent people since release of 2019 results

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