President Peter Mutharika has added his weight to the Muhlakho wa Alhomwe group which is normally criticised for being politicised by the ruling DPP, saying it is there to preserve culture like any other heritage groups.
Mutharika made the remarks Friday evening during a fund raising dinner and dance for the Muhlakho wa Alhomwe grouping in Blantyre where K60 million was realised to assist during this year‘s Muhlakho annual cerebrations at Chonde headquarters in Thyolo on October 26.
“A person without cultural values is one without roots and that applies to the nation at large,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika noted that certain cultural skills could create jobs not only for the majority youths, but also for the older generation, hence the need to jealously preserve culture.
“Cultural skills can be improved and made marketable. This would create jobs for our young people and eventually make them self sufficient.”
Minister of information, tourism and culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa noted that culture had a vital role in promoting the country’s tourism industry.
“We need to promote traditional and cultural dances, food, medicines and many more because they help in attracting tourists which leads to income generation for the country,” said Nankhumwa.
He added: “Theatre and dances act as effective ways of disseminating developmental information and that also signifies the importance of culture to every nation.”
Chairperson of Muhlakho wa Alhomwe Bright Mangulama said their grouping had taken keen interest in imparting cultural values to the young generation, hence the opening of Lhomwe lessons in the country.
“ The Lhomwe culture and language was almost dying until the birth of Muhlakho wa Alhomwe six years ago which gave the Lhomwe people a sense of belonging and a formal way of enhancing their cultural values,” explained Mangulama.
Part of the K60 million raised during the event will assist in financing some of the grouping’s projects like the introduction of Lhomwe lessons throughout the country.
Lhomwe is one of the major tribes in the southern part of Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :