Lilongwe. People of Malangwasila village in Dowa district, last Saturday celebrated the inauguration of Mr Samson Banda as village headman Malangwasila 2, a function which took place in the area.
The last Malangwasila was installed in 1925 since that time there was no one officially installed due to differences which led the people to split into two groups namely Malangwasila 1 and Malangwasila 2.
Since that time, the area was controlled by Senior group Khunga, up to last year when they endorsed names of people to be crowned as village headman in the area.
In the past, as Chewa tradition demanded, these celebrations were customarily held with traditional gule wamkulu, different from how they are being held nowadays as more of them are conducted in their religious faith, according to one of the sources in the area who opted for anonymity.
Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) an elder brother to the just installed Village Headman Malangwasila 2, Prince Mkupatira said the chieftainship comprises siblings from two Grand Mothers and is expected to unite all the people regardless of their background.
We are all under the umbrella of group Malangwasila and we chose this one after seeing that he is in a better position to unite all of us regardless of where we are coming from, we are expecting to be more united than before, Mkupatira said.
Mkupatira said despite the division between Malangwasila 1 who was installed last year and Malangwasila 2 said they still consider each other as brothers and sisters because they come from one main root which is Group Khungwa.
The new chief is calm, well reasoning, intelligent and has natural leadership qualities and wisdom, those qualities have made him to be suitable for the position which will lead to a concrete bondage, he said.
Speaking during the ceremony, Senior Chief Kayembe advised the village headman to refrain from brides saying the malpractice encourages laziness and hinders development in any area.
As chiefs we should always be in forefront leading other people in developmental activities in this area,
We should always stand for the truth whenever we are handling arguments, because if we receive bribes truth is hidden, Kayembe said.
Kayembe described the new chief as someone who is humble, noble and fit for the position saying the family has chosen the right person because to be a headman it requires maturity.
She encouraged on fair-minded distribution of stuffs whenever there are resources for distribution in the area saying favoritism creates conflicts among community members.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA