Kaliati dresses to thrill at Mulhakho dinner, wow patrons in ‘Chiguduli’ skirt

She was expectedly not listed on the programme as one of the speakers, and she did not speak. But the minister of Information Technology   and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati, was stunning with her unusual attire, stealing the show.

Kaliati stunning in unusual attire

Kaliati stunning in unusual attire

Chairperson of Mulhako wa alhomwe Prof.James Seyani (R) sharing a lighter the Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati (C)Stanley Makuti

Chairperson of Mulhako wa alhomwe Prof.James Seyani (R) sharing a lighter the Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati (C)Stanley Makuti

Clad in a maroon top and a skirt made from typical Hessian “cloth” (Chiguduli), Kaliati elegantly stormed the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC)  between 7 and 7:30PM for the Mlhako wa Lhomwe fundraising dinner dance Friday evening.

At a passing glace, one thought it was an imported expensive material from which her skirt was made.

But on second look, one was left jaws down to note that the material was simply a Hessian cloth – the one farmers use to bale tobacco leaf.

Scores of eyes popped out in disbelief and followed the minister to her table where she cheered up some patrons before taking her seat.

Kaliati’s Hessian skirt is well tailored, with tucks and artwork of an earthen pot in front, and it is decorated with greenish spots around its hem.

“This is very interesting,” remarked one patron from one of the tables later as the minister, all smiles, moved with the queue to serve herself dinner.

“While we think it is expensive factory-made cloth material that would make us look hot in, the minister has just proved to us that it’s value addition to the simple and local things that does the trick.

“Perhaps it’s high time we seriously started adding value to such simple things we have and make a kill out of it and turn the economy around at household and community level.”

The Mlhako wa Lhomwe fundraising dinner dance, which was graced by President Prof. Peter Mutharika, had other interesting cultural things among them Lhomwe delicacies namely; well-prepared mice (mbewa), pegion peas (nandolo), kalongonda (giant beans), and makaka (dried peeled cassava).

Lhomwe charms such as, gondolosi, Mthubulo,  waist bead-strings and many other things believed to boost man’s sexual appetite and performance  also sold like hot cakes.

Mlhako wa Lhomwe branded caps, and Wilson hats were also sold at the fundraising dinner dance.

This year’s Mlhako wa Lhomwe cultural festival is scheduled to take place on October 30th at the usual Chonde Ground in Luchenza, Thyolo.

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Lets be honest people, Kaliati has “stolen” the show with her “chiguduli” just because she is famous and popular. Imagine a poor soul in Machinga, Nsanje or Likoma seen wearing a chiguduli, would it be viewed as fashion or poverty??? Lets not pretend, unless Kaliati puts on this chiguduli outfit now and again, it will remain just that – a show-off during the Mulhakho ceremony!


Tanditumiziraniko Gondolosiyo ndi Mnthubulowo asaaaa!!! Tidye basi zimenezi


Politically, we are not on the same boat. But one thing is clear. Hon Kaliati is a political genius. Nobody can afford to hate this woman. Excellent politician!

Make wa ana
Mmmmh, nothing stunning about the outfit. It doesn’t sit well on Kaliati’s body. This could well be just another skirt and top. And the article itself , I doubt if the writer knows anything about writing about fashion. Who dressed Kaliati? Find out the designer, talk to him or her, what was the concept behind the design, is that indeed chiguduli cloth? From the pictures it seems like enhanced chiguduli material, or chiguduli chojudulidwa, if I may be allowed that expression. While the decor on the skirt is okayish the cut of the design is so simple and plain –… Read more »
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Praise must go where it’s due; I personally like the manner this has been reported. All the reporter has focused on is what was happening at the function and what basically was eye catching, wrapping it up by mentioning that following the fundraising the actual function will be held in Luchenza with dates provided. Unlike the usual name calling we see daily in our papers. Keep it up, mate.

sis zee

Excellent story indeed mr magombo


At last she’s found something she does well! Stay with fashion and out of politics, and the country will benefit!


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