Burial of Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe of Thyolo District, who died at dawn on Wednesday, is scheduled for this Saturday at his Makungwa Headquarters, family members have said.
Naomi Bvumbwe, sister to the deceased, told The Nation on Wednesday that his brother died around 2.30am at Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Blantyre after spending two days at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).
She said the departed traditional leader had been unwell since July 20 2015 when he was taken ill before being admitted to Thyolo District Hospital for one week.
She said tentatively burial is planned for Saturday at the chief’s Makungwa Headquarters in the district, “but we are also waiting to hear from government and other family members for further details.”
Thyolo district commissioner (DC) Charles Thombozi said Bvumbwe was installed on June 1 2001 by former president Bakili Muluzi.
Born Christopher Bvumbwe on June 3 1978, the youthful Maseko Ngoni chief is survived by a wife and two children.
Bvumbwe’s chieftaincy has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including dispute from the Mphedzu family who have been accusing him of robbing them of the chieftaincy.
In April 2013, the late leader crossed swords with the then ruling People’s Party (PP) after he openly told then president Joyce Banda that he was disappointed with the distribution of the party’s T-shirts at a funeral, a thing he said should never happen again and if party officials wanted, they should hold political rallies to distribute the T-shirts.
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief Gomani V of Ntcheu District, who is the leader of Maseko Ngoni in Malawi, has described the late Bvumbwe as a courageous man, saying the Maseko Ngonis have lost a fighter and true leader.