Malawi: Police Warn Gulewamkulu Against Begging On the M1

Dedza — Police in Dedza have cautioned Gulewankulu dancers to stop standing along the M1 road with intent to gather alms.

According to Dedza Police Deputy Publicist, Cassim Manda, such tendencies can cause accidents since the dancers stand in the middle of the road to force motorists to stop their vehicles and give them money.

Manda said: "We also want to warn passengers to stop parking their vehicles wrongly along the M1road in order to take photos with the Gulewamkulu dancers."

Dedza police have since been in talks with Chewa traditional leaders to work together in dealing with this behavior.

"So far, police have engaged several Chewa leaders which include Group village headman Njuchi, Kumtelera and Zuze," Manda added.

In his remarks, Group Village Headman (GVH) Njuchi bemoaned the tendency of some Gulewankulu dancers who are into this behaviour of gathering alms on the road.

"I am also shocked, it's uncalled for to see Gulewankulu standing on the road or by the road to gather alms. This is against our culture," said Njuchi.

He added that, Gulewamkulu comes out when there is a funeral and other important events, but not along the road just to be begging for alms. Group village headman Njuchi then ordered the police to arrest them once found gathering alms on the road.

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