April 23, 2014
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Ngoni ChiefPolitical parties in Malawi for once forgot their political ideologies and campaigns to mourn departed Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa of Mzimba in harmony and cohesion, which appeased the country’s head of state. President Joyce Banda noted during the burial ceremony of the paramount chief at his headquarters in Edingeni that in her midst was politicians from all the parties in the country led by their presidents.

Malawi Congress Party president John Tembo who is also leader of opposition parties in Malawi parliament, former economic planning and development minister in her government but now president of opposition United Democratic Front Atupele Muluzi, acting president of former ruling party, Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party, president of Petra Kamuzu Chibambo, Mark Katsonga Phiri of PPM , among others, and chairman of Alliance for Democracy Enock Chihana who is also sports and youth minister in the Joyce Banda led government availed themselves for the state funeral.

“This is not time for playing politics, but for mourning our chief and this is what is required to make a better Malawi to live in.” enthused the head of state.

Other notable politicians were speaker of the national Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda, cabinet and deputy ministers and members of parliament from different political parties. Also in attendance were veteran politicians Dr Vera Chirwa and Mrs. Rose Chibambo.

Traditional leaders included Inkosi ya Makhosi Gomani V of Ntcheu, Chew Supreme Chief Kalonga Gala Undid from Zambia, Prince Thulani Zulu representing King Goodwill Zwelethini of Kwazulu Natal South Africa, Inkosi ya Makhosi

Mpezeni of Zambia and a representative of King Mswati of Swaziland. The faith groups from different churches and groupings were also in attendance although the departed chief was a Presbyterian.

Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa IV, who passed away February 12, were born in December 1954 at Edingeni as Zwangendaba Jere but was installed chief in February 1984 by Chief Mpezeni at Engalaweni.

The paramount chief was accorded state funeral, a new decree by the president Dr. Joyce Banda. He is survived by a wife and four children.

Dr. Joyce Banda attributed the late Ngoni King as an accommodating chief and a pillar of hope for the Malawi nation.

A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony, observing the strict rules of protocol, held to honour heads of state or other important people of national significance and usually include some pomp and ceremony as well as religious overtones and distinctive elements of military tradition.

Malawi has over 40 registered parties but has  193 members of parliament who are currently meeting in the capital Lilongwe to deliberate on a mid term budget and some pertinent bills, amongst them those to do with the harmonization of the local government and presidential and parliamentary general elections.

Malawi is conduct tripartite election in May 2014 for the first time in his history.

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