The late Paramount Chief who died on Thursday, 29th November, 2018, at Mzuzu Central Hospital, was buried with full military honours following a directive by the President.
Speaking on behalf of President Mutharika, Local Government and Rural Development Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa described Chief Chikulamayembe as a visionary and just traditional leader who always stood for his people.
“Through this death, the President and the entire government have actually lost a partner who was very developmental conscious. Your Excellency, we from the Local Government, we join you in mourning, for just like yourself, we have lost an abled advisor,” said Nankhumwa.
However, the funeral service was never short of drama following an insistence from Livingstonia Synod cleric Reverend Levi Nyondo that leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima be accorded chance to offer their eulogy to the departed chief.
But the government felt the arrangement was out of protocol as saying “no one speaks after the President”.
Speaking at the ceremony Senior Principal Group Village Headman Kawazamawe asked the Church of Livingstonia to lead the ceremony with all the respect as they are mourning the Death of the Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe.
“Let me ask you on behalf of the family and all the grieved parties. Don’t do such a thing according to the rules no man speaks after the President’s speech therefore this should not happen, let's respect our Chief as well,” said kawazamawe.
Later on the Synod of Livingstonia through its moderator agreed to commence with the church program.
Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, who was born Walter John Hardy Gondwe, died around 9:00 pm on Thursday, 29th November at Mzuzu Central Hospital. Reports from the hospital indicate that the Chief succumbed to low blood pressure.
Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe was born on 24th March 1932 and was installed as Traditional Authority in 1978. He is survived by a wife, 5 children and 12 grandchildren.