Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has advised the family of late Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe to avoid unnecessary wrangles as they choose heir to the throne.
Nankhumwa made the plea Saturday afternoon during the burial ceremony of late T/A Bvumbwe at his Makungwa headquarters in Thyolo.
“My ministry is facing a lot of challenges due to an increase in cases of chieftaincy wrangles. We are failing to install a number of chiefs due to court injunctions, I am pleading with you people to avoid this,” said Nankhumwa.
In his eulogy, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V expressed sadness at the demise of the youthful chief, whom he described as brave and development oriented.
He urged clan members to remain focused on development and continue living in peace and harmony ‘especially at this time when you experience power vacuum’.
Bvumbwe died on Wednesday at Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Blantyre after spending two days at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).
Born Christopher Bvumbwe on June 3 1978, the youthful Maseko Ngoni chief was installed on June 1 2001 by former president Bakili Muluzi.
He is survived by a wife and two children.
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