Thyolo, People from all walks of life have described the late Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa as a unifying factor among different cultural groups in the country.
Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa, whose real name was Laelo Costa Juma died on July 28 at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre after a long battle with pneumonia.
In his eulogy, Chairperson for Mulhako wa Alhomwe, Leston Mulli said Ngolongoliwa has left a strong legacy in the history of Malawi as far as initiating peace and unity among people of different political affiliations is concerned.
Late Ngolongoliwa was a peaceful man, calm, courageous, selfless and more importantly unifying figure for not only the people in the Lhomwe belt but also other tribes. As such, we are devastated with his demise because we will greatly miss him, mourned Mulli.
and we are shocked to learn that others instead of mourning with us are busy celebrating the death of the Late Paramount Chief on social media. This is sad; let us be reminded that time will come that everyone will die, no matter how long it might take, he said.
Representing children of the deceased, Misheck Juma said much as the family is mourning the loss of their father, they thank God for the life of the chief which has had an impact on the family and his subjects at large.
He was so supportive to us in all aspects of life including support towards education. To others, he was a counselor, Juma said.
Juma, therefore, appealed to well-wishers to support the bereaved family especially the children with school necessities.
On his part, Clemence Mponda who represented the family (on the paternal side) thanked President Professor Peter Mutharika for providing all the medical support during the time the Paramount Chief was taken ill.
Born on February 18, 1950, Ngolongoliwa is survived by a wife, 16 children, 41 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In 2015, President Mutharika installed Ngolongoliwa as Traditional Authority. He was later elevated to Paramount Chief in 2017.
Source: MANA Online