By Grace Moyo & Esinter Gideon
All roads will lead to Gava L.E.A Primary School in Lilongwe on January 15, 2020, where elections of new Executive Committee for Lilongwe Maseko Ngonis’ will be held.
According to the Maseko Ngoni constitution, the elections are held after every four years and were supposed to be held in May this year.
Chairperson for the Lilongwe based Maseko Ngonis, Andrew Kamlopa Chisale, said in an interview Tuesday that the elections did not take place because it was a campaign period for the national elections.
“We had tight schedule of activities. We also shifted dates to pave way for the duo celebrations of the royal wedding of Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani 5 and the Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni,” Chisale said.
He further said between 15 December and 15 January every zone around Lilongwe will elect a representative to help in handling chapter elections and setting up some guidelines for the electoral conduct.
“Through zone leadership, candidates must submit names of aspirants vying for various positions, namely, chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary general, deputy secretary general, treasurer, and three executive members,” Chisale said.
He encouraged people to vote for candidates who have the Ngoni culture at heart as that will encourage oneness both in times of happiness and sorrow.
In Lilongwe Ngoni culture is being promoted through the introduction of language classes, and dances like Ngoma and Uyeni which mostly target the youth.
“Our Ngwenyama (lion), also known as Gumede (last authority) Gomani 5, should be commended for the support he is rendering to us to make sure we preserve culture for the future generations,” Kamlopa said.
Outgoing Secretary General, Frank Nkhoma, encouraged people to prepare for the elections by among other things calling for meetings in their zones and branches to mobilise support for the candidates of their choice.
“Every Ngoni member must take part in order to have historical elections accepted by all as failing to vote will be the same as voting for someone you did not want.
“I should therefore urge all members to vote for only those who have the Ngoni culture at heart, dedicated and royal to our pillars as set by Ngwenyama,” he said.
Maseko Ngonis have their roots in South Africa and fled to Malawi during Shaka Zulu’s oppressive leadership. They have their headquarters at Lizulu in Ntcheu District.