LILONGWE—Just when the Ngonis of Mchinji were about lose hope, help came knocking on the door. It was Vice President Joyce Banda who had answered their call for financial help so they could travel to the annual Incwala ceremony in neighbouring Zambia.
Dressed in traditional garb, they thanked God and implored the spirits of their ancestors to bless the vice president for her help.
"It is God answering through Joyce Banda,” said Nylon Phiri, chair of Mlonyeni Impi. “We asked many people and almost every authority but we didn’t get answers. The incwala is on this Saturday we weren’t sure we would make it."
The Ngoni's under Mlonyeni celebrate the beginning of the harvest season and pay respects to their Inkosi ya Makosi Mpezeni at Kuntengule near Chipata, Zambia. They didn’t make it last year because of they didn’t have money to make the journey.
"It’s not just an important trip to Kuntengule, It’s part of our legacy. We pay respects to our Inkosi Mpezeni and we strengthen the bonds of the Ngoni people across the region," said Group Village Headwoman Menyani.
Kizito Kazembe, an official of Banda’s People’s Party, presented K390, 000 to the chiefs. The chiefs where assured by PP representatives that Banda would assists whenever possible in an effort to uphold cultural values and practices.
The Incwala celebrations kick off Thursday and will end on Saturday.
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