Crown Prince weds in colourful ceremony: JB, Chakwera attends

The historic wedding of Mzimba Crown Prince Mkhosi Zwangendaba Jere, eldest son of late Paramount Chief Mmbelwa IV took place as scheduled on April 12  at Edingeni, the Chief’s Headquarters in Mzimba on Saturday despite the organizing committee’s appeal for more donations to meet the projected budget of MK15 million.

The committee had only raised MK8 million or so in the run up to the wedding.

The Crown Prince wedded his sweet heart Beauty Munthali .

Mkhosi will take over the throne and will be addressed as Inkhosi yamakhosi Mmbelwa V.

The First Couple with the newly wed
The First Couple with the newly wed
Ngoni wedding in crossing swords
Ngoni wedding in crossing swords
Crown Prince of Mzimba and Beaty married in traditional Ngoni style
Crown Prince of Mzimba and Beaty married in traditional Ngoni style

Malawi President Joyce Banda and Malawi Congress Party president Dr Lazarus Chakwera were the only two political heavyweights  that graces the event despite invitations being sent to all 11 Presidential hopefuls in May 20 tripartite race.

There were also presence of the United Independent Party President, Rev. Hellen Singh, chief executives of various organisations, diplomats, traditional leaders and the clergy.

Embattled Vice President Khumbo Kachali was also in attendance and received plaudits for “warmly giving support to the wedding”, according to a family member of Mkhosi.

The wedding, which also attracted international dignitaries, started with church officiation in the morning where they exchanged his marriage vows and later moved to Edingeni Community Centre ground.

Speaking to the new couple at the cake ceremony, President Banda congratulated the youthful Crown Prince on his wedding and wished the new couple a happy married life before presenting the couple with gifts.

President Banda said getting married looks simple, but there are challenges.

Banda advised the newlyweds to seek God always saying the fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom.

“Things are simple when you start marriage. However, you need to be strong hearted to endure this journey because if you are not you will abandon it. My Humble plea is that if you have not welcomed God in your marriage please go on your knees tonight and ask him to be part of your marriage so that you have peace in your family,” she said.

A member of the Jere royal family thanked President Banda for her gesture in supporting the colourful wedding.

“As a family we could not have succeeded in hosting the wedding of such magnitude that in why we could not do otherwise but to extend the call for help beyond the people of Mzimba,” he said.

James Munthali from the Princess family, who flew his family from USA,  told Mkhosi that by choosing Beauty Munthali as a wife he had gotten more than what he saw.

“She was raised by the whole village. You have really gone on the mark. We are confident that Beauty will provide you with the counsel and advice,” Munthali said.

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