By Vincent Gunde

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Chewa people are welcoming the move to make two tribes’ groups into one for fostering unity.

Bwalo la Chewa Foundation (BOLA-CEFO) therefore has started sensitizing its members on the importance of the two groups to have one voice in Malawi.

Senior Chief Kaluluma for one Chewa

The two Chewa groupings have for years been at loggerheads, one reporting to Kalonga Dr. Gawa Undi of Zambia and the other to Paramount Chief Dr. Lundu of Malawi.

They have been arguing that chiefs from Malawi went with their treasures to Zambia for Kulamba annual ceremonies leaving behind Chewa children who are the custodian of culture and preservation.

The divisions among the Chewa chiefs made Lundu who was crowned by the late Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda to be the Paramount Chief of the Chewas in Malawi in 1969.

But there nothing happened making Lundu as Chewa king in Malawi rather Kalonga Dr. Gawa Undi of Zambia has been made bigger and above the Supreme leader of the all the Chewas in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

It took the initiative of some Chewa chiefs to bang heads into the fact that Lundu and Undi were brothers born out of the same family of Nyangu at Mankhamba, Mtakataka in Dedza as Chewa headquarters.

Gawa Undi

According to Chewa records there was no one is superior than the other between Lundu and Undi.

Bwalo la Chewa Foundation’s National Executive Director, Reverend Flywell Somanje on Saturday interacted with chiefs and subjects in the area of Senior Chief Kaluluma of Kasungu to brief them on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached by the two Chewa groupings to work as one group.

Reverend Somanje said a taskforce comprising of Senior Chiefs; Chadza, Dzoole, Kanyenda, Dambe and Govati was established to look into and resolve matters involving the two groupings and agreed that Lundu and Undi of Zambia be working together through the Board of Chewa chiefs on domestic issues.

Somanje assured the Chewas that conflicts which were there between the two groupings is gone saying there will be the Chiefs Council (Senate) contrary to the past where matters involving chiefs went to the courts of law for determinations.

The Reverend said the MoU will make sure that Bwalo la Chewa and Chewa Heritage are dissolved for one tribal grouping to represent the aspirations of the Chewas in Malawi.

Senior Chief Kaluluma of Kasungu who is also spokesperson for Bwalo la Chewa chiefs, said many chiefs have welcomed the decision for one Chewa grouping in Malawi.

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