Village heads protest Bongololo Gondwe ‘s ascendancy to Chikulamayembe throne
About 90 Village Heads from Rumphi loyal to Mtima Gondwe have petitioned President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera through District Commissioner (DC) for Rumphi challenging the credibility of the President’s approval of Joseph Bongololo Gondwe as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe.
Mtima Gondwe was contesting for Chikulamayembe throne.
In an interview Sunday after delivering the petition, Group Village Head (GVH), Stanley Gondwe who led the petitioners asked the President to rescind the decision describing as unpopular.
“There are a number of factors that make us doubt the credibility of this communication. In this case we see the violation of Section 90 of the of the country’s Constitution which says ‘the decision of the president shall be communicated in writing under his or her own signature.’
“The section further states that the President’s signature where the law requires shall be confirmed by the Seal. The communication which does not meet those requirements, therefore it is unconstitutional, unfair and invalid,” he said.
Another GVH, Wilfred Mkandawire demanded to see the report from the mediation team which was set by the President to resolve the wrangles over the Chikulamayembe chieftaincy.
On Saturday the DC for Rumphi, Emmanuel Bulukutu communicated to the royal family members about the President’s approval of Joseph Bongololo Gondwe as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe with effect from March 7, 2022.
The decision follows an extended wrestling over the position between Joseph Bongololo Gondwe and Mtima Gondwe who was appointed as Paramount chief Chikulamayembe succeeding his father, Walter Gondwe who passed on some years ago.
However, Bongololo Gondwe successfully challenged Mtima Gondwe’s appointment at Mzuzu High Court.
The Court directed royal family members to redo the process and Bongololo Gondwe came out victorious and Mtima Gondwe’s camp protested.
Later President, Chakwera organized a mediation team led by Bishop, Martin Mtumbuka to resolve the misunderstandings whose recommendations have not been shared with the public.
While receiving the petition Bulukutu assured the petitioners that he would deliver it to the relevant authorities.