No Kulamba this year- Kalonga declares
By Our Reporter
Chewa King, His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi has with immediate effect officially announced that there will be no Kulamba this year amid Covid-19 scare.
Kalonga has cancelled Kulamba traditional ceremony of 2020 as one way of mitigating further spread of Covid-19.
“His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi, King of Chewa chies and their subjects in Malawi Zambia and Mozambique, has directed that in view of prevailing conrona Virus pandemic , Kulamba ceremony which was scheduled to take place at Mkaika Headquarters in the Katete District of Zambia on 29 August, 2020, has been postponed,”
In a statement, signed by the Chewa Heritage Foundation Chairperson, Professor Kanyama Phiri, Kalonga is mindful of the fact that Kulamba is a crowd puller.
“He has made the directive to prevent the Chewa people and those of other tribes who patronise this event from corona Virus since social media is a problem.
Kulamba is a traditional of Chewa people in Malawi , Zambia and Mozambique.
The ceremony is held every last week of August in order to pay homage to the king and give status report to the king.
Addressing the press conference in Lilongwe in May, CHEFO chairperson Prof Kanyama Phiri, said Kalonga is touched with the Covid -19.
He said apart from suspending the Kulamba Ceremony, Kalonga has further directed suspension of Traditional ceremonies which attracts larger gatherings.
These gatherings include of Gulewamkulu, Chinamwali, Chisangala and other relevant.
Kanyama Phiri said Chefo is discussing with chiefs to stop large gatherings during funerals.
He also appealed to the Chewa people to join hands with the other tribes in complying with the directives from their Governments.