‘No political attire at Kulamba ceremony’

The Chewa Royal Establishment has maintained its stance of not allowing political attire at this year’s Kulamba Traditional ceremony of the Chewa people in at Mkaika in Eastern Province to be held on September 5, 2009.

And preparations for the ceremony have reached an advanced stage, with Republican President, Rupiah Banda expected to host his Malawian and Mozambican counterparts, Bingu wa Mutharika and Armando Guebuza.

Chewa Royal Establishment spokesperson, Joseph Chikuta, says the establishment would not encourage people at the ceremony to dress in political attire, saying all the people that attend Kulamba are respected equally regardless of their political affiliation.

Mr Chikuta was speaking in an interview with ZANIS at Mkaika headquarters in Katete.

“We are discouraging political dressing because that could fuel some friction between parties as some may boast of popularity with regard to the numbers dressed in their outfit,” he said.

He stated that all the three countries of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique that will attend the ceremony have different political parties , adding that if they were all allowed to dress in their political attire of their choice it would be disastrous.

Mr Chikata said the concept of the ceremony of appreciating Kalonga Gawa Undi would be compromised if people were allowed to show their political affiliation at the arena.

He said the ceremony would not be modernized by modern structures constructed at the arena, adding that the sweetness of the ceremony was as a result of maintaining its originlity while attracting people from abroad with its uniwueness.

Mr Chikuta said a Japanese from Katemula in Japan, who visited the area two weeks ago, bemoaned the loss of culture and tradition in his country but was very impressed with the arrangements.

Mr Chikuta said a lot of companies and well-wishers have responded positively towards the preparations of the traditional ceremony.

“Companies and individuals have supported us financially and materially to make the ceremony a success,” he added.

The Kulamba traditional ceremony is usually held on the last Saturday of the month of August every year, but this year it has been rescheduled for September 5, because all the three invited presidents were committed on August 29, 2009.

“Last year it was rescheduled to September 15,2008 due to the demise of the late President Levy Mwanawasa. It is not that it would be routine to reschedule,” he added.

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