Phoya apologises to Chewas on Gule Wamkulu slurs

Newly appointed minister of lands, housing Henry Duncan Phoya has apologised to the Chewa tribe in the country over his remarks alleging that MCP is a party for those who go for Gule Wamkulu cult.

When he announced his defection from MCP to the ruling People’s Party, Phoya was quoted as saying that he was advised by MCP members to first go for initiation at Gule Wamkulu before being accepted as a member of the party.

The remarks drew the wrath of Chewa’s who through their chairperson of Chewa Heritage Foundation, former vice president Justin Malewezi demanded an apology from the minister or risk being reported to his seniors.

Malewezi said the Chewa heritage was “dissapointed” with Phoya’s remarks and said the statement was “provoking.”

Phoya: My apologies

Phoya told said even though he never uttered any insults at the Chewa in his statement, he has unconditionally apologised.

” Those who know me well will tell you that I’m not the type who would insult a tribe, “Phoya told Zodiak radio.

“My statement was taken out of context,” he said, adding “Infact I respect all cultures and peoples beliefs, I unconditionally apologise for what is being said about me.”

Phoya conceded his remarks had “antagonised my fellow countrymen” of the Chewa culture.

The Chewa heritage said it has accepted the apology, but Malewezi urged Phoya that despite being forgiven, he needs to follow proper channels meaning he should write a letter to the heritage secretariat.

Malewezi further advised politicians to concentrate on politics rather than attacking or dealing with cultural and tribal issues.

Gule Wamkulu is mostly practised by Chewa’s.

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