Mulhako wa Alhomwe festival to have other tribes: K60m budget

Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural heritage is set to celebrate seven years of its existence on October 26 in Mulanje where they have invited other cultural tribes to interact and showcase their cultural aspects and activities.

Villant(right)Vokhiwa(middle) and a member of the organising committee

Villant(right)Vokhiwa(middle) and a member of the organising committee

Flashback: Mulakho celebrations

Flashback: Mulakho celebrations

Organisers of the event said they have includes other tribes as one way of creating platform for cultural exchange.

Vice chairperson for media committee in the organizing committee for Mulhako wa Alhomwe, Villant Jana disclosed this in an interview with Nyasa Times in Blantyre as the preparations for the event are at an advanced stage.

She said this year’s activities will see performances and exhibitions from other cultural groupings like Ngonis, Sena and others visitors from Mozambique and Zambia.

Vice chairperson of catering committee, Pilirani Vokhiwa said this year’s event budget has been pegged at K60 million from last year’s K45 million  as they are expecting to have more people this year.

Meanwhile, Malawi President Peter Mutharika will on Friday, October 10 be the Guest of Honour at a fundraising dinner dance for Mulhakho wa Alhomwe at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.

Mutharika will install chief Ngongoliwa of Thyolo district to Traditional Authority to be the first Traditional Authority for Lomwe tribe.

The grouping which was established in order to provide exposure and preserve the Lhomwe cultural customs have not indicated whether at the festival there will be the annual Mulhakho ‘s ‘reed dance’ when topless girls dance before the patrons.

The establishment of Mulhako wa Alhomwe brought animosity among non-Lhomwe Malawians who deemed the organization as an ‘employment bureau’ aimed at catapulting the Lhomwes to influential positions in the DPP government.

However, the accusations were denied saying the Lhomwes came up with the grouping to follow the footsteps of what other tribes like Ngonis and Chewas are already doing in keeping their respective cultures alive.

The Lhomwes are largely found in Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Zomba and Machinga and they are identified according to their dialects namely Amihavan, Amanyawa, Amaratha, Alikhuku, Amarevoni, Amahito, Amakuwa, Anyamwello, Amuhipiti, Ameeto, Akhokhola, Amihekani, Amalokot, Anguru and Atakhwani.

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82 thoughts on “Mulhako wa Alhomwe festival to have other tribes: K60m budget”

  1. Chendele says:

    mwana ampweteketsa uyo bele chonchi samaliza sukulu a dya kameneka keneko muzizati bwanji ku mpoto ana akulimbikila sukulu or a kutengelani maudindo. how advertise good breasts like this. can you see a VUwa akukauza kamwana kuti kawapotse phone number yake akumane madzula ku madyelero

  2. Tengupenya says:

    abambo kuvina atavala suit yamakono pamene atsikana kuvina bele liri pamtunda – any culture in this?

    nthawi ya njara kumwerera K60m pa phwando, Mulungu satilanga nazo zimenezi?

  3. mabvuzi ayabwa says:

    Fuck all this. That is why we Northerners want our own grouping.

  4. pearson sadala says:

    Malawi is,sick.people. Have no food and you spend 60 plus million for sweet nothing

  5. Manyazi ndi Malawi says:

    I couldnt resist commenting on this. Everyone is saying there is an issue with the topless female dancer to a point people are stating that this is immoral. Who told these people that anything african is immoral. Anthu amene amabisala under the guise of moral superiority and cultural bankruptcy are the ones that deceive themselves.
    In my opinion there is nothing wrong with celebrating culture. The overcensorship of peoples sexuality is what actually causes anthu akuda especially Amalawi kuti adzifa ndi matenda. We all have seen females breast feeding in public. I think hypocrisy is the problem. And stop this Ahlomwe nonsense kuti ali Immoral. This is similar to Swazi reed dance. Where there is boobs all over the place.
    The only way africans will progress is to stop adopting Western culture and think it makes the pure.
    Free your mind.

  6. John says:

    VUWA KAUNDA, WHAT TYPE OF STUPIDITY IS THIS? YOU DONT JOIN SUCH DANCES. TCHOPA YOU CAN JOIN, MGANDA, YOU CAN. BUT CERTAINLY TO THE DANCE YOU ARE SEEN ON, NOT EVEN GULE WAMKULU.

  7. Yusuf sadic says:

    Timadziwa ku MW kul mavut osanenek beanj osatenga ndalam zambir ngat zimenez ndikumangira mnyumba mako athu kapen kuwakongoza mavenda Ngakhale mutamawapatsa 1m munthu ndingathandiz anthu angat mwin ,60 koma kungomwaz ngat ndif olemera anthu akuvutik kunjak

  8. lutepo says:

    Koma ziliko. It pleases other ethnic groupings to congregate openly and yet when others just express another school of thought they are labeled all sorts of names.

  9. NGONI PRINCESS says:

    AKWEENIIII!!!!! AKWENIIIII!!!! Mutoona zichitika apaziyeee????

  10. Felix Mizimbe says:

    This is precisely what abiti Kaliati was critising over the weekend on issue of bridal shower and now its herself ant other mapuyaz. Guys lets be serious with issue of culture alongside on dignity. Imagine an innocent girl being exposed to predators who are roaming out there in the name of mulhakho. This is pathetic and I believe Honourable Kaliati is in the organising committee and will check this type of dressing. If you are to protect these girls then then shouldnt be invited to grace thjs function and I doubt if the virus will spare these girls. N o wonder there higher rates of this consuming creature in the shire highlands. Madame minister do something against this though its in your culture. Amen!!!!

  11. APM says:

    Chonde ana musawabweze kusukulu chifukwa cha gule ameneyu. Asiyeni alimbikire sukulu azapikisane ndi atumbuka m’maofesimu. Akatha kuonetsa mabele choncho siwakuukwati basi. Patricia Kaliati, Vilanti Ndasowa chitanipo kanthu pamanepo. Inu yanu sukulu munapanga. Athandizeni anawo amalize sukulu please.

    1. Kanyimbi says:

      Koma kubedi azikazi akwanu samatha. Chonde muziwatengako ku mulhakho kuti akaphunzire zoyenera ku bedi. Nanga mzimayi kumangokhla ngati mtembo?

      1. bayoz says:

        Iwe nde wabodza, mkazi oti anapita kusukulu amakhala ndi knowledge yabwino yodziwa kuchipinda kusiyana ndi atsikana amene akuonetsa mabere apawa and no wonder ambiri amangosanduka mahule

  12. ZAZI says:

    zopusa basi………………..

  13. cynk says:

    gulu la kaliati akawagwirira atsikanawa muzimanga anzanu. maliseche choncho mwambo wa satanic musaufalitse mmalawi muno

  14. Josaya says:

    Choncho mzilimbana ndi atumbuka agalu inu. Mulli buzy kuonetsa mabele pa ntunda kenaka muzikasokana mwa ukadaulo ochokera ku chiphunzitso cha makolo anu. Atumbuka tili buzy ndi kuphunzitsa ana athu. Agalu.

    1. kate says:

      vindere ivi. mabere pantunda chochi? satanic culture.

    2. myao says:

      muzipita kwanu shupittt….kwanu kumapiri kuja

      1. apm says:

        iweyo myao kwanu nkutauni? i wonder sometimes anthu amanyadila kuti kwao kuli town and yet they own not even a bicycle. inde kwinako nkumapiri but people have land to cultivate and enjoy life to the maximum. pamene enanu kufera dzina loti muli ndi town and yet you continue begging in the streets of your aclaimed town. very funny. dream ahead people. you cant be bragging about something that is not yours.

  15. Redeemed says:

    Zulus and swatis culture are similar to this one, only that certified virgins are allowed to perform the reeds dance, it also serves as efforts to encourage young girls to preserve their virginity.

    1. Manyazi ndi Malawi says:

      Thank you. you are the only one who sees it as it is. Some misinformed comments have ignorantly categorized the picture as soft porn. I agree with you . No one in this picture is showing any private parts except for the top less female. And indeed it is similar to reed dance in Swaziland. It is done tastefully.

  16. bayoz says:

    The picture above ndi ka softporn kale, where is kaliati?

  17. Akweeeeeeni! Akweeeeeeni! Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Tayakhulani nkoni za awo akwavinitsa osavalawo,,,,si bolani amavina go go go aja?

  18. pearson sadala says:

    Angoni takana mwayesa ife,zitsilu eti. Idyani ma million nokha

  19. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    I think the Mulhakho wa Alhomwe needs some modernizing: start with removal of erotic displays of young girls. These displays really serve no cultural purpose, except only to please the male gender. This is extreme sexism! I am surprised that some of men and especially women (like Akweni) with progressive views have not taken a firm stand against this gross exploitation. I attended the conference two years ago, and saw young girls like this: supposedly justified by “kuvinidwa”. And I was not impressed!
    This practice might have been alright when our ancestors were still in our “home land”, the Lhomwe Hills of present day Mozambique. We are certainly behind the times on this one! Not good. What happened to our reputation of being known for respecting women’s rights, among many human rights?
    There may be other practices we need to get rid of. Doing so will not necessarily degrade the impact of our tribe, at all.

  20. defendant of poor says:

    You current politicians u have mislead the country. Now u can see each and every tribe want to form its grouping. A yao, a mang’anja. This will lead malawi into serious problem of tribalism. a malawi dzindikirani kuti gulu limodzi lomwe likuwononga zinthu pa dziko lonse lapansi ndi la anthu andale. Zifufuzeni khondo ndi ku phana padziko lonse. Originality of it, are politicians.

  21. defendant of poor says:

    Don’t bother malawians u particular people. U r full of tribalism. If u could want to involve other tribes in malawi, u could say ‘zikhalidwe za malawi’ or ‘magule a makolo athu’ to accommodate every tribe in malawi. And this could sound as malawi is one. Ndi khulupilira kuti kamuzu ndi Bakili akanapanga zomwe ma lomwe president akuchita! Bwezi achewa ndi ayao ali ndi mphamvu kwambiri mudziko muno kuposa mitundu ina. Ndikhulupilireni amalawi kuti zimene mitchona yakunjayi yikumayambitsa ndizopatsula dziko. Anthu azayamba sankho lonyanyira kusogoloku. Ngati president ali wa mtundu wawo azafuna kuti mphamvu zawo zionekere kuti mtundu wawo ukulamulira. Lingalirani chiyambi cha nkhondo ya ku ruwanda.

  22. proffesor pita says:

    a think this is complete nosense for my cabinet minister kaliati talking about girls rights a think she should look up on the photo though its a culture then i can say bridal showers r also social heritage

  23. Pathetic says:

    Something is seriously wrong with this picture……….where is Patricia Kaliati ???? Where are the champions for women’s rights??? I find this picture very disturbing!!!!

  24. opportunist says:

    Chiutsa mudyo chimenecho gawanani matendawo kumeneko .Please make condoms are readily available otherwise those naked girls will make someone mad. I have said my on.

  25. mtumbukangoni says:

    She have got some nice boobies… that dance from that dude was just after those boobies.. stupid cultural way to spend fucking K60m

  26. Khuzwayoh says:

    Boma lopusa ili..ndalama zonsezo,nzipatala mukusowa mankhwala,..aziphunzisi no salaries…what tha fu*k is hapening to malawi

  27. Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    No problem with cultural gathering as long as there is no motive of tribalism, nepotism, wastefulness of resources, public indecency and thoughts of owning the nation. We need our cultural expressions but should be clean of the aforementioned tendencies, no hiding behind other invited tribes. Best wishes.

  28. Tomasi Mchacha says:

    Ine monga mlomwe sindiri okondwa ndi ndalama zimene zionongedwe pamemepa,K60million kwacha itha kupanga zazikulu kuno ku Lhomwe belt kusiyana ndi kuonongera zimenezi.

  29. Mbwiye says:

    Kodi Baba KK Mabedi alipo, kuti awafuse anthuwa kuti kodi K60m akuyidandaulayo inachokera m’makomo mwa amao?

  30. This bare-breasted girl dancing in front of elders!

  31. Soul Rebel says:

    Iwe dnt u knw that HE is usng the tax payers money n this is nt a state function. Ndwe mbuz yamunthu nd ambuyako amathanyulawo, pa……….

  32. Dreadful. Mwikhoma says:

    Culture is made up of what a group has in common and distinguishes them from other groups. Remember it should be noted that culture evolves ;it’s not static. A group expresses its culture through language,food. clothing, art, religion, and architecture.Many of these components are passed on from generation to generation. Culture has a very important role in industry of tourism.

  33. Malawi says:

    Advisers sleeping on the job. Please fire them all and save tax payers money. I doubt if these advisers advise the President or they just say yes bwana pangani zomwezo.
    Kodi paja APM adapita kumsika kukaona Bonya. Anakwera minibus kumaona umphawi wa amalawi. Pano zasintha. How can u continue doung this Mlakho thing and yet ku Malawi kuli ma tribes ena. Why not change uts name kuti Chikhale chikhalidwe cha Amalaw? Every little helps. How can you tell us about60 million for a day and yet anthu akufa mzipatala. This is an insult. Pano theWorld is not relaxed coz of EBOLA . Is Malawi well prepared for this. Ikabwela EBOLA ndiye muziyamba kufuna chithandizo. How is Malawi goung to benefit from this other than promoting tribalism. Sad.

  34. CONGO MAFIA says:

    Kaliati what do you say about these girls exposing their nakedness publicly in the name of Alomhwe festival. This is nothing compare to bridal showers celebration. Clean your backyard first before criticising your neighbours.

  35. MAKANANI says:

    ATUMBUKA ANZATHU AKAPUMADI KWA A FARAO YAWA

  36. America says:

    ha ha ha ha ha zamunyasa akokolope nyanja he he he heeeeedeeeeeee alomwe bwalo again kkkkkkk go go konko tikavine chakwathu

  37. godobaman says:

    sono iwe kaliyati ukulesa ma queen dance pa brid shower ukuti amavula apa ndiye tidziti mwavala ati ? tamuwonani vuwayo kuti akumva bwanji ndikamwanako please think before you talk dzina zomwe zikuyambisa uhule ndidzimenezo

  38. AMUNA NGUNDA-NGUNDA, AKUMALOWA says:

    Kikikikikkikikiki koma nvuya apatu ndiye pa vuwa ,wadusapotu, ameneyi vimbuza kapena khwerekhwe shaaa.

  39. Yazombe says:

    Can’t the 6omillion Kwacha be put to good use in the Lomwe belt? There is a lot of poverty, illiteracy, high child immortality, rampaging HIV/AIDs just to mention a few. thats a lot of money and make a difference in your people’s lives

    1. Whayo says:

      Kuberekana ngati mbuziko pofuna kuwina mavoti chiyambi ndichomwecho

    2. There is time to cry, laugh and dance and this is time for the Lhomwes to dance and celebrate. You should create some time for your body to relax. You don’t have to suffer your body all the time, relax!! Uhule ndi mmtima wa munthu woona zinthu pantawio. This syndrome of Lust will wipe us all if we are not careful. Aids is real.

  40. Nankungwi says:

    There should be legislation stopping anybody from exposing themselves at any event even if that event is supposed to be respecting tradition! This is 2014 for heavens sake!

  41. Mbolo says:

    some events are satanic guys, how can a president be a guest of honor for a stupid dinner tribal dance????? if we managed to have such dinner to fundraise for the needy, it would have been nice guys not sex gathering like that

  42. sello Mvuyane says:

    with this picture Nyasa knew kuti , mbuzi zambilizisiya kukomenta nkhani ili yapa ayamba za mabere malinga ndi zomwe Kaliati walankhula,, umbuli

    1. Whayo says:

      Mesa Zimayiyo ndi Mlakhowomwewo?

  43. chikwangwani says:

    koma awa awa mmati a vuwa awa??? akuti president awaone? kodi mbalame imeneyi bwanji? ofunikadi fedolizimu azikapangila ku nkhata shupiti

  44. Lock and key says:

    Is it a question of lacking advice or the President doesnt take any advice at all? Aftet missinng the coronation of Mmbelwa the next thing the President does is to preside over the installation of a LhomweTA? And are you Nyasa Times correct in saying that Ngongoliwa os the first Lhomwe chief? How about Mkhumba? He doesnt atttend Maseko Ngoni and Tumbuka festivals but come this Mulhakho function he is there.?

    1. Mutumbuka Mwenecho says:

      I have granted your independence. Pitani mudzikalamulana nokha agalu inu kuthengere kwanuko. Shupiti.

    2. Zokondera zija anthu akunena zingapose pamenepo? It would have sounded better if that mfumu was from somewhere else apart from Lhomwe. Just sometime last week there was a querry that some chiefs were being demoted because Gvt has no money, I wonder how fast they’ve found money to pay this guy not only for this month but forever! Advisors please don’t advise the other way.

    3. johnM says:

      I hear that Mkhumba historically is a mang’anja

  45. mwanamaziwe says:

    lromwes lets go!! our time is now and forever wansanjeyo atha kungomeza chi boloboli. proud to be mapwiyaaaaaa!!!

  46. Zeze says:

    If its preserving the culture for Alhomwes, then the “reed dance” has to be there! Its not about abuse of the girl child etc but preserving culture. As a ngoni, I do not expect someone to tell me to dance ingoma while dressed in a suit, then I have lost it! Something will be missing. Likewise, when am dressed in “zibiya” dress no body should criticize me that am primitive or should observe some recent dress code etc. Its all about culture and it has to be done the way our fore father used to do it! Immoral people will always think about immorality, just the way Mai Hon Kaliati and others think. Wanyere akamenyestse chida chake pa mwala chikamufotela! Reed dance, that”s the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Onani a Vuwa Kaunda dovu kukamwa Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk DPP Woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  47. Koma Vuwa akumva kukoma. Kabereko akungokapenyera chambali. Mtonga ameneyu sakalamba bwino. generally speaking I like Vuwa. he likes DPP. Bravo Vuwa.

  48. bad says:

    That is what u know dancing, showing your breasts, tomorrow u get married as early as possible, anzanu akupita ku sukulu. Mukuchititsa manyazi azimayi! those breasts are meant for your husbands and not for everybody. Zipitani ku sukulu! stupid.

    1. l says:

      owning fdh bank and employing the SO called LEARNED kiki

  49. real life says:

    sindinazikonde zovinitsa ana movula pagulu ngati pamenepo nkumanzira culture. there are alot more better things that we can as culture Amalawi. mxiie, yauziru, uchitsiru umenewo

    kuchoka pamenepo kukasowa ndi sopo yomwe yokachotera thuka munakavina nalo pa dzuwa po

  50. SALOME says:

    Vuwa chidyamakanda!!

  51. real life says:

    fufuzani atsikana amenewo mwina ali mstadard 3b chifukwa atsikana aakulu ngati amenewo sangamavine ali mbulanda tero pachigulu ngati pamene. where is their privacy. atisana nanu changamukani matupi anu siiwongaika pa mtete tero.

    a kweni onenetesani zotere nkutheka sizinathere pamenepo. ena anmutsata ndithu msunganayu kuti akongomaliza zamchitnjezo

  52. anonymous says:

    i like that one even here in RSA Jacob Zuma does the same thing with his tribe Zulu he dance and do everything why not APM lets go i will be one of the guest honor

  53. Maximus Decimus Meridius says:

    Apa ofunika kukachephya azimayi a topless awa, kuchitako dilute mtundu. Maybe there won’t be many Zinjanthropus looking presidents in future

    1. gulukunyinda says:

      Inu nde mwandisekesa palibenso hahahaha

  54. kanchenga says:

    The Vuwas of this world dancing and exposing poor people’s daughters to indecency while theirs are well protected in areas 47 43 12 10 etc… Shameless nation. To morrow we hear 11 malawian girls expelled from school due to pregnancy. This time call them Lomwe girls you servants of the devil.

    1. dodolodo mulomwe says:

      iwe don’t blame vuwa aaa!!! he is enjoying , blame your fellow mulakhos, they are the ones promoting stupid cultures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! vuwa ndi mlomwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! zovulaz ndizalomwetu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Simie says:

    Esh….k60m a lot of money to waste, promoting HIV same time mmene avalila amayiwo!!!!

  56. chidumayo says:

    Mtsikana akuonetsa beleyo anakwatiwa pano ndipo mwamuna wake wakwiya kuonetsa poyela bele la mkazi wake chonchi. Koma ndi la boo wanji bele limeneli utaligwira. Mavalidwe enawa anali ofunikira pa nthawi imeneyo kalero osati pano ayi. Bele kuliyika pa nyuzi chonchi. Bwanji osaveka kamisolo. Kukhala mwana wanga sindingalole. Akuluakulu okonza mwambowu ana awo sapanga nawo zimenezi tafufuzani mutsimikize. Bola nyau.

  57. Kabwiro says:

    Why do you hate tribal celebration? You have your tribes just get organized and do the your own celebrations. It will do you more good than bad.

    1. johnM says:

      1. They are divisive
      2. They promote immorality
      3. They are artificial as the tribes did not have these festivals in the past
      4. They are not progressive as the world is changing thus there is need to look ahead
      5. They are wasteful as the money required to organize them could be put to better use.

  58. hadson says:

    So nditi chani,aminister mpuma mwafulumira kunena,mukanadikira mwambo uthe kaye koma apa ndiye tili madzi.Kuteloko anthu amakaona zimenezo? ndiye bola aku shower ajanso apa.what apicture alomwe alomwe.Madam minister thesani izinso.

  59. khethokhwakhe masuku says:

    zija amang’amba nazo kuchikamwa akweni aja si zimenezi?????????? nguru hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Chisyuli says:

    alomwe akuvina zimabele pamtunda,zautsilu..mxieuuu

  61. baba oniwa says:

    Apa pali nzeru apa ndichifukwa chake muzingofa ndi Edzi

  62. eye eye says:

    Vuwa in action kwene kajiso kali pa belepo….kkkkkkkk

    1. Mutumbuka Mwenecho says:

      Iwe ndi ntumbuka wopusa kwabasi. Potela pa nsana pako!

    2. Nyomi says:

      Tsono a Vuwa, kutotoa pagulu choncho? Lisani lili nduuuuuu side yamwanayo. Amangwetu

  63. Bigdwag says:

    Madam Kaliati, see those half-naked girls? In the same vein that you condemned the girls that dance at bridal showers, this practice must condemned outright!!!

  64. akatswiri says:

    K60 million kwacha eeish, why cant you just postpone the function and buy drugs in our major hospitals, abwana.

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