Nankhumwa says nothing fishy on  Ngolongoliwa ‘s rocket ascendancy to Lhomwe Paramount  Chief

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has said there is nothing fish in the  way government has  elevated  Ngolongoliwa form a mere village head in Thyolo to Senior Chief  and now  as the paramount chief of the Lhomwe.

Former President Bakili Muluzi (right) with Head of State Peter Mutharika, First Lady and  Mary Chilima the wife to State Vice President in attendance to the elevation of Ngolongoliwa.Pic Francis Mphweya

In Parliament, Kasungu South East Member of Parliament (MP) Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and Balaka North MP Lucius Banda queried Minister Nankhumwa on Ngolongoliwa’s  rocket ascendency—from village headman to sub-chief (2014), chief (2015), senior chief (2016) and paramount chief (2017)—justified under the customary law and which chiefs vouched for him.

“Mr Speaker sir, its not that we are against chief Ngolongoliwa but we are dumfounded with speed government took to elevate him,” said Kandodo.

According to Kandodo, there are number of chiefs in the country who have stayed for a long period of time without being elevated.

“Imagine, someone being elevated from a junior chief to Paramount Chief within two years while others have been there for more than 20 years. We therefore need explanation,” questioned Kandodo.

While concurring with Kandodo, Balaka north Member of Parliament, Lucius Banda said “in brief the minister of local government should tell us what it takes for a chief to be elevated.”

“If it is hardworking, we should go and tell our chiefs to also work hard so that they should also elevated,” said Banda.

According to Banda, some chiefs thought that they should support the ruling party in everythings in order to be elevated.

Nankhumwa  in responses said that all procedures are followed to the letter.

“In the case of Chief Ngolongoliwa, the ministry received a request and an invitation from Lhomwe chiefs that they wanted to have their own paramount chief and we, as a ministry, just facilitated the process,” he said.

Nankhumwa said the same happened before Paramount Chief Kawinga was elevated, saying Yao chiefs wrote the ministry requesting that they should have their own paramount chief.

The  newly-enthroned Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa is now keeper of  Mulhako wa Alhomwe “shrine” at Mendulo in Mulanje.

Ngolongoliwa takes over from the late Paramount Chief Mkhumba of Phalombe who died in July 2014 aged 82 after a long illness.

Mkhumba became Senior Chief in 2001 and was elevated to Paramount chief in 2008.

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John Nyirenda

I am surprised with the Lhomwe way of doing things. How can Paramount chief role be moved from one chiefancy to another after one dies? Even this so called Ngongoliwa chiefancy used to be called Chimaliro until recently. Also remember that Ngongoliwa is the very same area where APM comes from. That place for heaven’s sake is not paphata pa a Lhomwe.


The rightful chief is TA MABUKA of Mulanje and not Ngongoliwa..but Mabuka does not lick DPP’s smelly ass…



Mabuka is Mang’anja and not Lhomwe. Not all Chiefs from Mulanje, Thyolo or Phalombe are Lhomwes. The only Senior Lhomwe chiefs are Mkhumba, Nkhulambe, and Ngolongoliwa. The others are either Mang’anja or Yao. This was deliberately done by the colonialists because they did not like Lhomwes to be chiefs. They deliberately appointed people of other tribes to be chiefs among Lhomwes to frustrate them because of the Chilembwe uprising.. Wamva!!!!!!


No wonder malawian chiefs no longer command due rspect. I cry my country.

Patrick Phiri

It’s strange that non-Lhomwes are concerned about the Lhomwe Paramount Chief. A genuine complain about Paramount Chief Ngolingoliwa should come from the Lhomwe people.





Ngongoliwa is a magician who supplies herbal charms to president Muthalika and senior government ministers like Kasaila, Jefu, Mwanamvekha as well as Anna Kachikho. He is being rewarded by the public money for sinister jobs performed to the rulers of Malawi.


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