Chief Chinunda says there is no Ngoni chiefdom in Chipangali

Chief Chinunda of the Chewa people in Chipata says that the land where Ngonis have settled in Chipangali Constituency falls under his chiefdom.
The traditional leader has told Breeze News that this means that there is no Chief Saili 2 chiefdom.
He says that the Ngonis were only allowed to settle in the area after relocating in 1952 because they were banished from the Ngoni land.
Chief Chinunda says that his statement is backed by information from the National Archives that there is no Chief Saili 2 in Chipangali Constituency.
Chewas and Ngoni’s have differed over land where the Ngonis have settled and government over the weekend had to move in to stop a meeting, which Paramount Chief Mpezeni wanted to hold with his subjects.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo revealed that he had received some intelligence information that the Chewas had mobilized some Nyau dancers to destabilize the meeting, while the Ngoni camp was also geared to fight back.
However, Chief Mpezeni indicated that his meeting was intended to inform the Ngonis that there would be no Ngoni chief leading them and that he wanted to introduce Sairi as their representative.
He further wanted the Ngonis to remove the name of Sairi 2 and put a councillor who can be representing him in the area.
Last year, a Chewa meeting was disturbed by the Ngonis in Chipangali area due to the alleged confusion over who is the owner of the land.

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