Lilongwe Maseko Ngoni chapter to march for Umhlangano: Bid to raise K10mil

The Lilongwe Maseko Ngoni Chapter has said it will hold a big walk on August 26, 2017 to raise funds in order to contribute to the K10 million shortfall with the main Umhlangano organizing committee.

Andrew Kamlopa dancing Ngoma, Chair Lilongwe Chapter 

Organising committee vice chairperson, Batameyo Jonaziyo Dimba said the big walk would commence from Petroda Filling Station along the Mchinji Road and end at Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout.

“We expect to realize not less than K2 million to contribute to the K10 million shortfall as earlier announced by the main Umhlangano organizing committee,” Jonaziyo said.

He said the money to be realized would meet food, transportation and accommodation of some needy Ngonis who have always find it hard to get to the event.

“We have in mind the aged, the poor and school going children who cannot afford to go to Ntcheu to pay homage to Ingwenyama Gomani V, due to monetary challenges,” he added.

Apart from cushioning on the main budget gap the Lilongwe Maseko Ngonis would spend part of the money on charity work by cheering mothers at Ntcheu District Hospital maternity wing prior to the function where assorted items will be donated.

Guest of honor who is also Chairperson for Lilongwe Maseko Ngonis, Andrew Kamlopa said the big walk is well planned adding that part of the money realized would be spent on charitable work.

“We uphold to the three pillars of love, unity and Godliness laid down by our Paramount Chief Gomani V, so the donation will teach the youthful Ngonis (amajaha and amtombezane) to grow up with a giving spirit,” Kamlopa said.

He added that the 2017 function which is the fifth occasion would be the first to hear Ngoni youngsters greeting and talking to Gomani V in Isi-ngoni their mother tongue.

“Tsangano is a corruption of a zulu word  ‘umhlangano’ meaning coming together of crowds of people while Gomani and Lizulu are a mispronunciation of Ngcamane and Lizwe la Mazulu respectively,” he stated.

Besides President Prof. Peter Mutharika, Ngonis of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia are expected to throng Gongolo grounds at Nkolimbo Village, a hub of Maseko Ngoni Cultural Heritage.

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