President Peter Mutharika on Saturday installed Maxwell Blaidon Mataka as Paramount Chief Kawinga of the Yao Tribe in Machinga.
The coronation ceremony took place on Saturday at Nanyumbu in Machinga.
It was attended by among others former president Bakili Muluzi who dressed in traditional Yao regalia.
Kawinga had pu on a necklace made from claws of a lion and a robe made of lion skin during the installation ceremony to signify that the Kawinga Chieftaincy is a powerful one.
Chief Kawinga 60 years old and will this year be celebrating 30 years of traditional leadership since 1987.
Kawinga was Group Village Headman Mitusi and later was elevated to Sub Chief Nkoola at Mikachu Headquarters in 2000.
Through a succession system called Litegwa he left Mikachu and headed to Machinga Headquarters where he became Traditional Authority (TA) Mlomba in 2011.
After the death of the eighth Kawinga, Waya Pilo Chioko, on December 2013, Mataka left Machinga Headquarters and went to Nanyumbu Headquarters where he assumed the position of Senior Chief Kawinga from 2014 to date.
The Kawinga chieftaincy originated from Mozambique and a Mozambican delegation is also expected to patronize the function according to Aman Kunje, a member of the organizing committee.