As days draw closer to the annual Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni Cultural Festival, the organising committee faces a K10 million deficit.

Organising Committee Chairpeson, Inkosi Makwangwala said yesterday in a telephone interview, the Committee is yet to raise K10 million to meet their K25 million budget.

“We need for K10 million for us to meet the required budget. We appeal for either material or monetary support from well-wishers,” he said.

The event, slated for ?September 2?, will be held at Gongolo Ground at Nkolimbo Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu, a place where Ingwenyama Chikuse Gomani I was murdered, and buried in a battle against the British colonial rulers. He and other locals were protesting against heavy British taxation and conscription of Ngoni warriors in the King’s African Rifles (KAR) during the First World War (1914-1917).

Umhlangano is the brain-child of Gomani V that started in 2013.

Inkosi Makwangwala said they expect among the invited dignitaries, Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika and other local and foreign guests.

“Paramount chief Zintambira of Mozambique, Inkosi Mpezeni of Zambia, representatives of King Mswati of Swaziland, South African Zulu-Ngoni, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also expected to be in attendance,” he said

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