By Jameson Chauluka:
President Peter Mutharika has told Malawians to live in harmony and work together for the sake of national development.
Mutharika was speaking yesterday during this year’s Mulhako wa Alhomwe celebrations at the grouping’s headquarters, Chonde, in Mulanje.
“Whether you are Chewa, Lhomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngonde, Tumbuka or any other tribe, we must be united. We must love each other and work hard for the country to develop. We cannot develop if we remain divided because we are all Malawians,” he said.
Mutharika also said the country should review its cultural practices and do away with dangerous traditions which are risking people’s lives.
“We must at all times teach our children good customs and traditions. Let us teach our children to respect elders, their parents, teachers, friends and themselves. But we should stop traditions which are pulling us backwards. We must end those practices because if we don’t, we will all die,” he said.
Former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika founded Mulhako wa Alhomwe Heritage in 2007 to promote Lhomwe culture and enable Lhomwes to celebrate the contribution of their culture to socio-economic development of the country.
During the celebrations, Lhomwes showcase their culture through dances, food, drinks and other cultural elements.
Speaking earlier, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa hailed people and chiefs of other tribes who attended the event saying it was a sign that Lhomwes live in harmony with other tribes.
Former president Bakili Muluzi and Chewa king Gawa Undi from Zambia were among the notable figures at the ceremony.
This year’s celebrations were held under the theme ‘Culture, a Tool for Promoting Unity’.