Senior Chief Kalonga has expressed displeasure with some leaders of the Gule Wamkulu Clan who have left members of the cult to operate freely and cause panic and chaos around Salima Town.
The Chewa chief sAID in reaction to complaints by residents on the threat caused by the uncontrolled Gule Wamkulu.
Residents of Salima Town are complaining that members of the Gule Wamkulu Cult are disturbing their daily life by their unexplained daily presence in the streets around the residential area.
“First, I should say that Gule is really a Chewa culture which is accepted and cherished but as a chief, I am not amused when I get reports that those who are supposed to be in control are sleeping on the job,” said Kalonga.
Kalonga has since promised to take action which will involve withdrawal of some fearsome clan members like Nyikwi, Katambatamba and Pilindira.
According to Salima Police officer-in-charge, Edward Chingaipe, his office has been receiving complaints on human rights abuse by Gulewamkulu.
“We understand every society is known by its culture, what we need in our society is peaceful cultural practices, not the culture that promotes violence and increasing cases of defilement.
“Traditional leaders must call for sensitization meetings in their communities so that people can have peace,” said Chingaipe.
Chingaipe also pleaded with the owners of gulewamkulu that they must consider appropriate time for releasing the gulewamkulu, so that they are not found in places anyhow to cause violence. He said any gulewamkulu caught violating peoples human rights will be arrested.
Chiletso Kabwazi, a Salima resident, commended and welcomed the idea of conducting awareness campaigns to civic educate people on how to handle their cultures.
“As a woman, I’m deeply concerned with what is happening in our district concerning gulewamkulu. They mostly chase women; I don’t know why these people are doing that.
“There is need for civic education so that gulewamkulu should focus on their occasions only and it would be good if they were only found in places where needed,” said Kabwazi.
Meanwhile, the Salima police officer in charge and traditional authorities are expected to call for a sensitization meeting to end the malpractice.
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