A standard seven boy at Mbuka Primary School in Area 36 in the city of Lilongwe is not attending classes since Thursday last week because he is being treated for wounds sustained after he was hacked by Gulewamkulu with a panga knife.
Gulewamkuku – secret cult and a ritual dance performed by Chewa people – hacked Chikondi Mbewe, 14, after chasing him for a while around their compound and when he and his friends ran into a neighbour’s house to hide, the Gulrewamkulu invaded the house and beat up the boys and girls who had tried in vain to take refuge in different places in the house including under bed.
Chikondi Mbewe, who was seemingly in agony, recounts the ordeal: “I was walking around in our neighbourhood to see a friend when suddenly I saw Gulewamkulu. I ran away and tried to hide in our neighbour’s house with other boys and girls but to our surprise the Nyau dancer also went in and started beating us hacking me on the ear and shoulder in the process.”
He added: “I ran out of the house to our home with blood oozing from the cuts, my parents were not home and it was my grandfather who reported the matter to police.”
A random survey by Lilongwe News Agency (LINA) revealed that many people in the locality, especially boys and girls, have been injured by Gulewamkulu as the community was preparing for the installation of village headman Chisuka who is within Area 36, under Traditional Authority (T/A)Tsabango.
Despite the area being in the heart of the city of Lilongwe, less than five kilometers from the main Lilongwe Bus Depot , to the South, the Gulewamkulu cult has been torturing residents for many years now.
Mai Selemani, a neighbor to the house where Chikondi Mbewe and his friends hid, disclosed that two others, a girl and a boy were also hurt due by the Nyau dancers on the same day, and she said that last year a similar incident happened again but no one comes to our rescue.
She appealed to Government and the Chewa grouping to take charge of the situation and order the Nyau dancers to conduct their activities in the rural villages where there are Chewas only.
“We always live in fear here whenever Gulewamkulu is in season because they cause a lot of trouble in the community. I was doing my laundry on the day when Chikondi and other boys and girls were running away from Gulewamkulu and hid in my neighbour’s house but the Gulewamkulu did not leave them as expected, last year a similar incident happened but no one was hurt,” she disclosed.
She said the dancers bring a lot of misery whenever they come out: “If they find water in tins, nsima or ndiwo being cooked on fire outside, as we run to take cover in houses, they mix everything with sand.”
Gulewamkulu was last week in season because of the installation ceremony on Sunday of village headman Chsuka. However, Chisuka and his elders have vehemently disassociated themselves from such uncommissioned Gulewamkulu, saying they did not know where such dancers were originating.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :