Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Friday donated K500,000 towards this year’s Kulamba Ceremony of the Chewa speaking people of Malawi, Eastern Zambia and Mozambique.
Mutharika donation was presented at a function which took place in the Capital City Lilongwe.
This year’s Kulamba Kulamba ceremony will take place on 29 August, 2015, at Mkaika Headquarters in Zambia.
Special advisor to the president on national unity, Vuwa Kaunda represented President Mutharika.
Kaunda said government commend Chewa people for upholding values of their Chewa Culture and that Malawi is committed to promote, protect and uphold the culture of different tribes.
During the function Malawi Congress Party President Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Minister of Home Affairs who is also United Democratic Front (UDF) Atupele Muluzi, People’s Party Vice President Uladi Mussa, former Speaker of Parliament Chimunthu Banda, Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya, Academician Dr Stanley Khaila, Veteran politician Dr Hertherwick Ntaba, and others attended the Chewa Cultural Night.
From the corporate world, economist Chancellor Kaferapanjira , economists, musicians, traditional leaders and top government officials also graced Chewa Cultural night, a ceremony organized to raise funds for this year year’s Kulamba Ceremony.
In his speech Chairman of Chewa Heritage Foundation(CHEFO) Processor Kanyama Phiri urged Chewa people to desist from harmful cultural practices to avoid transmission of HIV and Aids, a disease which has mo cure. Kanyama urged Chewa people to coexist harmoniously with people from other tribes.
“To our guest of Honour Mr Vuwa Kaunda we say thank you for attending this function and we are not taking this for granted,” said Kanyama.
Kulamba is a Chewa traditional ceremony in which Chewa chiefs pay homage to their king.
During the ceremony, the chiefs brief the king on the situation in their chiefdoms highlighting major issues and developments.
They also present gifts to the king at the ceremony which dates back to as far as the 15th century.
During the function CHEFO awarded Chewas who have achieved in various categories of social, economic and political circles.
Some of the recipients of the newly introduced Chewa Champion award included Paramount chief Lundu, former Vice President who was also Chefo Chairman, Dr Justin Chimera Malewezi, Chimunthu Banda, MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Dr Jean Nachika Kalirani, Uladi Mussa, Archbishop Tarsizius Ziyaye.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :