Thyolo, All roads in Thyolo on Wednesday led to Mtunda-wosema Headquarters where multitudes of people gathered to pay their last respects to the fallen Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa who died on Sunday, July 28 at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre.
The ceremony which was attended and led by President Professor Peter Mutharika was conducted with full military honours.
Delivering a message of condolence on behalf of president Mutharika, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, said the late Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa was a symbol of peace and unity in Malawi.
Nankhumwa said Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa went around the country to preach peace to chiefs and their subjects.
He went around the country encouraging peace because peace is what he believed in. He was reliable throughout his chieftainship, Nankhumwa said.
He said his fast rise to stardom from the status of Village Head to Paramount Chief was a clear manifestation that he was loved and that authorities had confidence in him.
Nankhumwa, therefore, asked the Chairperson of Mulhako wa Alhomwe to get organized and brainstorm on the succession plan for the next Paramount Chief.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Dr. Ben Phiri said Mtunda-wosema was the meeting point for all chiefs without regard to their tribe because Ngolongoliwa was a leader by nature.
We have lost an icon who believed in unity in the country, said Phiri.
Phiri, however, asked political leaders to bury their differences during bereavement and come together to console with those directly affected.
He, therefore, thanked former president, Dr. Bakili Muluzi and Professor John Chisi president of Umodzi Party for sparing their time to attend the burial ceremony of Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa.
Source: MANA Online