Traditional Authority Mduwa of Mchinji dies

Mchinji district council has announced the death of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mduwa of Mchinji who died on Tuesday evening at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

TA Mduwa of Mchinji Picture Sarah Munthali MANA

Mchinji District Commissioner Rosemary Nawasha said T/A Mduwa real name Patson Magaleta died after suffering from kidney failure.

“I can confirm that T/A Mduwa died of kidney failure on Tuesday evening. Burial arrangement for the deceased chief will be announced later,” She said.

Born on 9th September 1959, Magaleta was installed as T/A Mduwa in 2013 taking over from Isaac Lutere who was alleged not to be the rightful heir to the throne.

The Mduwa Chieftaincy has been embroiled in chieftaincy wrangle between the Lutere and Mitala families leading to violence and court cases.

In 2010, the High Court ordered that the Mduwa chieftaincy belonged to the Mitala family and Patson Magaleta who was nephew to former T/A Mduwa Richard Mitala was installed in 2013.

Late Traditional Authority Mduwa is survived by a wife and six children.

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5 years ago

May the soul of the TA Rest in Peace. Apologies for the loss to the people of Scariot, Kalombo, M’duwa, Gosssen, Chimuti and all under TA Mduwa authority…….

5 years ago

As a matter of correction. Ever since, the chieftainship belonged to Isake family and not Richard Mitala. Every village headman in TA knows and agrees to this history. The earliest chiefs ie Kambakula and Mpenuka all belonged to Isake and not Richard Mitala. The high court had erred because it disregarded this history. Gawa Undi and other chewa chiefs recognize Isake family while (PP) Government installed Mitala. This is the cause of confusion. Richard Mitala was appointed after Kambakula and Mpenuka by a colonial DC who wanted a literate person to represent the chief. Richard was literate but not related… Read more »

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