A senior Maseko Ngoni official, Leonard Chikadya made the announcement on Tuesday at the Malawi College of Medicine in the commercial city, Blantyre when the body of the departed chief was being transferred to his Lizulu headquarters.
Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani IV passed away on Sunday night at Ntcheu District Hospital. The dead body was then transferred to College of Medicine for embalming.
“The family has decided to change the burial day from Thursday to Saturday this week to allow more people attend,” said Chikadya who is also Chief Executive Officer for Blantyre Newspapers Limited.
Hundreds of mourners led by Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda paid their last respects to the remains of Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V before they were taken to Lizulu.
Giving her eulogy, on behalf of President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika who is away attending the United Nations General Assembly in the New York, United States, Vice President Banda described the death of Inkosi Ya Makosi a great loss not only to the Ngoni Maseko fraternity but also Malawians in general and the country’s leadership in particular.
Joyce Banda explained that a short period the deceased was on the throne many development projects have been initiated most of which he had a hand in them. She therefore expressed her sadness with his demise saying the country has lost an individual who had the welfare of his clan at heart and development oriented.
The Vice President said the message from the Malawi State President was that of advice that clan members remain united during this time of sorrow and grief and allow God to take charge of the situation up until burial and beyond.
Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V who was installed on June 21, 2008 served in the Army and rose up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He is survived by a wife and four children-Mana/Malawi Digest.