Written by OUR CORRESPONDENT
LILONGWE--People from all walks led by Vice Pres Khumbo Kachali paid their last respects to the late Inkosi Ya Makosi Mbelwa IV at Mtunthama residence, with preachers cautioning leaders to dedicate their service to serving Malawians.
Rev. Maurice Munthali opened the viewing with prayers and was followed by Kachali, Parliament Speaker Henry Chumunthu Banda, cabinet ministers and most Mzimba MPs.
Senior Inkosi Mpherembe who has been acting as spokesperson was joined by Senior Chief Tsabango who led Lilongwe Chiefs to pay their homage to their colleague.
There was more wailin at Mtunthama Residence when Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu arrived and broke down into tears. He was the closest friend of the deceased.
The religious community saw Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Assemblies of God President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and many retired men of God coming to pay their respects.
Former presidential spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba and former Speaker of Parliament Louis Chimango also came to pay his respects.
Around 3.45 pm, leader of Opposition John Tembo came with a delegation of MCP officials and he briefly attended evening prayers which were also attended by VP Kachali.
As Tembo left, Mama C. Tamanda Kadzamira also turned up, before the day was concluded by the arrival of DPP Acting President Professor Peter wa Mutharika who came and sat near Kachali as they attended prayers.
The only major political grouping absent was the UDF.
Heir to the throne Mkhosi Jere had been receiving condolences and the body leaves Mtunthama residence on Thursday at 10 am after prayers for his Edingeni headquarters where public viewing will be on Friday and burial is slated for Saturday with a nine gun salute.
© The Maravi Post 2013