THE organizing committee of the Nc’wala ceremony of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province will tomorrow inaugurate the ceremony in Lusaka.
Nc’wala national organizing committee trustee Alfred Ndhlovu said the launch would be preceded by the match past that will start from Kabwe roundabout to Lusaka Arcades where all the preparations would take place.
Mr Ndhlovu said the Nc’wala ceremony was held every last Saturday of February to celebrate the first crops of the season.
“The ceremony signifies the cerebration of the season and a component of thanksgiving to gods and this is always held the last Saturday of February, which means this year’s ceremony will be held on February 27, 2016,” he said.
He said the process of tasting the food was a solemn occasion as the chief becomes the medium of communication to the ancestors.
He said the Paramount Chief Mpezeni would on Thursday move from his palace to Laweni at Mutenguleni, in a slow convoy of warriors, where he was expected to conduct a traditional ritual -killing of a bull and drinking of the blood in the main arena.
He said many traditional leaders have been invited to this year’s Nc’wala traditional ceremony of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province.
Mr Ndhlovu said Paramount Chief Mpezeni was at the centre of the event, adding that among various chiefs that had been invited was Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people. And Mr Ndhlovu urged politicians not to come in their party regalia as such traditional ceremonies united people from all walks of life, and that such ceremony should be enjoyed by everyone.