President Edgar Lungu has differed with Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa people and has snubbed the Kulamba ceremony, which is taking place today. In anger, Lungu has even cancelled his invitation to Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi and Malawain leader Peter Mutharika who were supposed to officiate at the event together with him.
Instead, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is the main guest. President Lungu is in Northwestern province where he is being booed by residents. See here
On June 29, 2015, ZNBC reported that President Edgar Lungu had invited Mozambician President Filipe Nyusi to attend this year’s Kulamba ceremony of the Chewa people of Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.
President Lungu disclosed this when he met Kunda chiefs of Malambo district at Jumbe day secondary school. According to ZNBC, President Lungu said his counterpart accepted to attend this year’s Kulamba ceremony. See the ZNBC report here: http://www.znbc.co.zm/?p=15424
A day earlier on June 28, Lungu said:
“This August, I am going to grace the Kulamba ceremony of the Chewa people with my Mozambique counterpart Filipe Nyusi because we are one people who want to respect tradition and culture of our respective countries.”
Lungu was in Mambwe to drum up support for Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Jacob Shuma and pay his condolences to the Kunda people over the death of late Chief Jumbe, who died in April this year after an illness. “I am just from Mozambique and decided to come and officially pay my condolences over the death of the chief.