By: Vincent Gunde
The Bwalo La a Chewa Foundation ( BOLA _ CEFO), has called for the need for the need to seek legal interpretation for the two Chewa bodies who are still living in parallel lines.
The need to seek legal redress has come following concerns that some Chewa chiefs in the central region are being asked to contribute money to an annual Chewa cultural Kulamba ceremony in Zambia.
The grouping has since asked those chiefs who have already contributed to reclaim their money, condeming the malpractice as day broadlight robbery and illegal.
National Executive Director of the Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation, Rev. Flywell Somanje, alleged that the Chewa Heritage Foundation ( CHEFO) is secretly collecting money from the chiefs meant for the ceremony in Zambia saying even government and people do not know what is happening.
Rev. Somanje lamented that the money which is being collected is from the poor Chewa people whose children do not have an apportunity to travel to the said ceremony, only the chiefs.
He dismissed claims that their are divisions between Bwalo la a Chewa and Chewa Heritage Foundation ( CHEFO) saying the two organisations have different goals and objectives.
The Rev. appealed to all the Chewas in Malawi to register with Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation saying it is the only organisation in Malawi that will speak on their behalf unlike CHEFO which is an international organisation and is more like SADC.
Rev. Somanje said CHEFO being an international organisation for the Chewas of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, is supposed to contact fellow international NGOs if atall there’s need for funding other than the poor local people.
He said Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation is a local organisation based only in Malawi saying the activities which CHEFO is doing are not for its status, hence asking it to maintain its status for the Chewas of the three countries.
Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation was registered by the Registrar General on 26th April, 2018 and is mandated to promote and preserve the Chewa culture in Malawi.
Meanwhile, it has been established that according to Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation’s calendar of events, it’s cultural launch will take place at the Dowa community centre ground on 27th July, 2019.