27 January 2016

Malawi: Bees Attack 'Mbona' Worshippers As They Prayed for Rains in Chikwawa

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Chikwawa — People's desperation for rains reached the climax under Chief Ngabu in Chikwawa on Sunday as 200 people gathered near Matengambiri forest to make sacrifice to Mbona to give them rains.

Group village Matengambiri and Senior Chief Ngabu confirmed that their planned event ended unceremoniously after a swarm of bees attacked the worshippers.

Group Village Headman Matengambiri said seven people were seriously injured and rushed to Ngabu Rural hospital where they were admitted.

The village headman said they organized this after a thorough reflection of the past; traditionally sacrifices are made to ask for forgiveness and mercy.

But other chiefs including Paramount Chief Lundu and Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South Illias Karim asked Government to fast track the implementation of long term irrigation technologies and ensure that people are utilizing the Shire River and to be food secured.

Lundu and Karim said hanger has severe affected the people to the extent that Karim is using his own money to distribute maize to over 6, 000 poor families in his area.

Karim further called on fellow politicians to walk the talk by seriously implementing sustainable irrigation technologies so that people do not die of hunger.

According to history, Mbona was a legendary rain maker with superhuman powers who lived in Nsanje. He had knowledge of medicine and magic, and had a gift bestowed onto him from the heavens to govern the rains.

Apart from bringing rain, he could also create wells of water on sandy lands, create forests where they did not exist and hide from enemies by turning into other creatures such as guinea fowls.

He had a wife named Salima who almost always stayed in the compound, only visited by elderly women and children. She ventured on a few occasions to some villages assisting Mbona on matters of divinity.

Mbona's Khulubvi sacred shrine is located in Nsanje district. It is an important spiritual place among the people of Mng'anja tribe. It is a place where the Mang'anja worship the spirit of Mbona.

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