Malawi President has expressed gratitude over the manner and spirit rendered by politicians in the country who abandoned their political differences and for once forgot to tow their party line but rather mourn the revered Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa IV together as one.
President Joyce Banda had declared that the departed Paramount Chief be accorded State Funeral and during the burial ceremony the Malawi leader mentioned by name the Party Presidents, thanking them for showing up for the funeral.
Malawi Congress Party was led by its President, John Tembo who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, while his counterpart in United Democratic Party, former Economic Planning and Development Minister Atupele Muluzi led his people, with Peter Mutharika in the forefront of Democratic Progressive Party also present.
Other party Presidents present were PETRA’s Kamuzu Chibambo, PPM’s Mark Katsonga Phiri, and AFORD’s Enock Chihana, who also happens to be Sports and Youth Minister in the current government.
Veteran Politicians were also in attendance, notably Dr Vera Chirwa and Mrs Rose Chibambo.
“This is not time for politics. It is for mourning our Paramount Chief and this is what is required to make Malawi a better nation to live in.” observed the Malawi leader.
Members of Parliament were led by Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda. The Cabinet was also there.
Traditional leaders were also present like Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani of Ntcheu, Chewa Chief Kalonga Gala Undi from Zambia, Prince Thulani Zulu from the Republic of South Africa, Inkosi ya Makhosi Mpezeni of Zambia. King Mswati of Swaziland sent a representative.
Catholic and Anglican Clergy were among the faith groups who followed their CCAP colleagues.
Born Zwangendaba Jere in 1954, Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa IV, who passed away February 12, 2013 was a member of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod. He was installed Chief in 1984.