VOCAL opposition politician Chishimba Kambwili last weekend took time off politics to attend to his son’s connubial issues.

Kambwili’s residence in Lusaka’s affluent Kabulonga area was a venue of a feast and merry-making as his son, Mwamba clocked one year in marriage with Suwilanji Nakaonga.

Apparently, Mwamba has been an ideal husband since tying the knot – and it was only befitting that he is shown gratitude by his wife’s family according to the Bemba tradition.

In the Bemba tradition, a husband who plays his role dutifully with satisfaction gets a seal of approval from his wife’s family in form of a feast which is also symbolic that their home becomes his home too.

The Nakaonga’s mission to the Kambwili’s was a was fusion of Chilangamulilo and Matebeto.

Mwamba’s wife and her family usually prepared a banquet comprising various delicacies intended to feel the bellies of her husband and his kin – the ceremony is known as Matebeto while the Chilangamulilo serves as an official welcome in the family of the wife.

Although Matebeto usually happens after several year’s marriage, for Nakaonga, one year has been enough to conclude her man is a blessing.

Together, they have son named Eli Chishimba Kambwili.

“It’s been an inspiring journey of ups and downs but we have overcome them together. Being appreciated is an honor and a motivation for me to become even a better husband,” Mwamba said as his father congratulated him.

Mwamba explains that though young, his marriage promises to be exemplary to the young and old.

“It’s been great and very insightful. She has been a God fearing humble friend…so loving and I believe that I have been the same too hence this occasion. I hope to continue on this trajectory and be a better husband. She has been not inly my better half but a confidant,’ Mwamba said.

Mwamba who turns 26 this month hopes to grow vowed old with his wife whom fondly referes to as Suwi.

The afternoon ceremony hosted in the open green gardens of the Kambwilis lured Mwamba’s business associates, his parents, family members and friends.

The gathering was jolly and celebratory as expectant guests chatted, danced and interacted while awaiting the feast.

After hours of waiting, an ensemble of ululating, drum-beating and money-demanding women arrived with the “sumptuous reward” of African cuisines on top of their heads.

Chanting Kopala yafika, some of the ladies in the entourage displayed the Kopala Gumugumu dance with the formal traditional touch.

As per custom, the food bringing group showed the different foodstuffs to a the young lad who sat between his Father’s confidant Shi Mutale and his family in the sitting room before it went to it went to the serving bay.

Mwamba then led family and friends to ensure the variety of tasty roasted chickens, deep-fried brims, the nutritious Katapa, numerous lumps of Nshima and rice among the yummy delicacies served their purpose at a feast.

His Father the usually very serious Kambwili, was all smiles as he watched the proceeding that saw many of his associates attend.


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