Mzimba, October 5, 2004, Mana: The 29 year old Mkhosi Jere, first born son of the late M’mbelwa the fourth was on Saturday installed Paramount Chief M’mbelwa the fifth during a colourful coronation ceremony at his Edingeni Headquarters in Mzimba district.
Vice President President Saulos Klaus Chilima, Former President of Zambia, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Former Vice President Khumbo Kachali, United Party President Professor John Chisi and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and other dignitaries were among the people that thronged Edingeni to witness the colourful ceremony spiced with the Ngoni’s popular Ingoma dances.
Speaking during the coronation ceremony, Chilima said President Arthur Peter Mutharika was happy that Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa V was now installed following the death of Paramount Chief M’mbelwa last year.
He commanded the Ngoni of Mzimba for the smooth transition of the M’mbelwa chieftainship and more especially their quest for development.
The Vice President said although President Mutharika really wanted to preside over the ceremony, he was unable to go to Edingeni due to other pressing engagements. He expressed hope that the President will find time to visit the area in due course.
Among other gifts, Chilima presented a donation of K2 million and a cow to the newly crowned chief from President Mutharika, a clear sign of the President’s support to the chieftaincy.
Earlier, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarsizio Gowelo said most chieftainships in the country were marred by chieftaincy wrangles which ended up in courts but that was not the case with the M’mbelwa chieftaincy.
The coronation of Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa also attracted many traditional leaders locally and beyond including, Chief Mpezeni of Zambia, a direct kin of the M’mbelwa family who oversees the Ngonis based in Zambia.
In his words of advice, Paramount Chief Mpezeni advised M’mbelwa V to join hands with Government in fostering development aimed at improving living standards of his subjects.
“My advice to Mmbelwa is that he should work with government of the day because that is what traditional leaders should do for their areas to develop,” Paramount Mpezeni who earlier conducted Chief M’mbelwa’s coronation in a cattle Kraal in keeping with their Ngoni tradition.
The traditional coronation rites in the cattle kraal was conducted after the vice president had officially installed M’mbelwa as the Paramount Chief in line with the Chiefs Act.
Mkhosi Jere came to limelight last year when his father, Paramount Chief M’mbelwa IV died. He holds a Diploma in Business Management and worked for Merchant Bank in Lilongwe before returning home to ascend to the throne of Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa.
Speaking, on behalf of the Mzimba Heritage Association, Reverend Dr. Overtone Mazunda commended the President and other all well wishers, too many to mention, for their support during the function.