Paramount Chief M’mbelwa of the Jere Ngoni in Mzimba at the weekend asked government to recognise the district as a kingdom, saying records clearly explain such status.
Mbelwa V said this during the elevation ceremony of Inkosi Mabilabo to senior chief last Saturday.
During the event, the Ngoni chief said records show Mzimba as a kingdom with M’mbelwa as its king.
“Mzimba is a kingdom and M’mbelwa has always been king. I, therefore, request government to honour such records.
“As Mzimba, we are growing. Some are being elevated to senior chiefs and others are hoping to become paramount chiefs. So, who shall I become? It is time for government to recognise the kingdom,” he said.
In his speech, M’mbelwa also urged the cultural groups being formed in the district to spearhead Ngoni culture to bring development to the district and not division.
Commenting on Mabilabo’s elevation, M’mbelwa commended President Peter Mutharika for the move, saying it made people of the district proud.
However, M’mbelwa said chiefs’ elevations should follow hierarchy and be approved by the Chiefs Council for fear of creating misunderstandings.
In his remarks, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said government was committed to working with chiefs in spearheading development in the country.
He said that was why Mutharika thought it wise to elevate Inkosi Mabilabo to senior chief on March 9 2017.
The minister said only through working together among chiefs, communities and government can development continue to flourish in the country.
“We need a chief who is development-conscious, a chief who can articulate and strengthen cultural values in the community.
“Senior Chief Mabilabo is one kind of a chief who is development-conscious. He leads his people in development initiatives and promotes cultural values in his area. These are some of the qualifications, hence the elevation of Inkosi Mabilabo to Senior Chief today,” he said.
Senior Chief Mabilabo was born on November 24 1979.