Few weeks after Malawians turned out en mass as urged by their president, to pray to God for rain and good harvest in 2016, about 200 people got visited by bees when they gathered near Matengambiri forest to make sacrifice to Mbona (a legendary rain maker with superhuman powers who lives in Nsanje) to give them rain.
The Matengambiri villagers and Senior Chief Ngabu confirmed that their planned event ended unceremoniously as a swarm of bees attacked the worshipers.
According to the village headman Matengambir, the villagers organized themselves to have a thorough reflection of the past after which they will undertake their traditional sacrifices made to ask for forgiveness and mercy.
It was in that process that they were attacked by the swamp of bees which led to several casualties. Matengambir added that seven people were seriously injured and rushed to Ngabu Rural hospital where they were admitted.
Prior to this time, Malawians gathered for a prayer session tagged “Dedicating Ourselves to God In Seeking National Peace and Prosperity” which took place at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC).
At the prayer section led by the Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika, the people prayed for series of things ranging from the commencement of normal rainy season, violence against women and children, corruption, to political inclusiveness.
Meanwhile, other chiefs like the Paramount Chief Lundu and Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South Illias Karim have asked the Malawian 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.
lamenting the severity of drought and hunger on the people, Karim said he had resorted to using his own money to buy and distribute maize to over 6, 000 poor families in his area.
He further called on fellow politicians to put their talks to work by seriously implementing sustainable irrigation technologies so that people do not die of hunger.