Mutharika backs Mulakho, raises K60m:  ‘Culture is like a tree with roots’

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.

The First couple dancing during the function. -Pic by Francis Mphweya

The First couple dancing during the function. -Pic by Francis Mphweya

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.

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43 thoughts on “Mutharika backs Mulakho, raises K60m:  ‘Culture is like a tree with roots’”

  1. mohiwa says:

    cultural issues are not equal to political issues. when come to commemoration of other cultural heritage, no one queries, why only with mulhako?

  2. Mwana wa Mackmillan says:

    Mokuti munakapanga msewu umodzi okha wa toygate

  3. PARTIES ; PARTIES ;HONEY MOONS; HONEY MOONS ;BRIDAL SHOWERS;BRIDAL SHOWERS EVEN OLD PEOPLE WHILE PEOPLE ARE DYING IN HOSPITALS; REALLY?? WE ARE NOT SERIOUS !!

  4. malawian says:

    mlakho will never die whether u like it or not.we like so very much iwe ngati ulibe chikhalidwe zako izo ukawafunse agogo ako

  5. Mr.Bambo says:

    Kkkkkkk Bwitoto walasa!!Indeed the question should stand as such!!!Answers please?????Ok it is the old granny that needs to be first beautified!!!

  6. concerned says:

    K60m can be used to construct 2 full primary school (10 school blocks), ie 8 classrooms, std 1 to 8, headmasters office and staff room for each school that has a life of over 40 years. Now we will blow K60m in 1 day and pupils still still earning under trees. Honesty Mw has not reached the level of this spending. K60m for 1 day cultural event!!

  7. Nambewe says:

    Ndiye ayitcholatu

  8. mbwenu mbwenu says:

    tiyeni tikavine nawo aganya mose nawoso azabwera kwathu

  9. Moyenda says:

    Kudos Mlakho! Until you visit Yod Abysinia chain of restaurants in Addis Ababa, you cant agree more with Kondwani on the importance of culture to tourism. In Addis families – I mean dad, mum and kids – go to restaurants for amusement; the food is traditional and affordable, making it accessible to Ethiopians as well. But in Malawi things are expensive, amusement is a monopoly for men, and we fail to integrate our culture in our goings on. it’s because we like talking more than action, and we are shameless about mediocrity.

  10. Gogo Pitala says:

    tribalism is what drives DPP and nothing else.

  11. allanyakhuwa says:

    mukupeleka ndalama kuzithu zofoyira,osatithandiza ife tipitile kusukulu bwanj?

  12. Mr.Bambo says:

    Mai wa amandimvetsa chisoni maonekedwe ao.Anyway beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder!!!

  13. chatonda says:

    Who told you that Alomwes are a major ethnic group in the south? Write from academic point of view not just dreaming or zammaluwa. Can a tribe be one of the largest with only one chief Ngolongoliwa? This is just like Likoma Island with one Traditional Leader, Can you call Likoma population as the largest in that part of the Federation?
    The Chewas are the largest community in the country with 57% of the total population. Check with Statistical Office. And that is the whole reason Kamuzu made Chichewa as a national language.

    1. Zangazanga Ncqube says:

      Chichewa has never been and is not a national language. Say chichewa is widely spoken.

  14. Bwitoto says:

    I was wondering on what to do first about this BEAUTIFY MALAWI thing? What should be beatified first? Is it Malawi or the WOMAN herself? Please help I am confused!!!!!!

  15. Nyapapi says:

    Correction: Lhomwe is the largest tribe in Malawi as evidenced by the triumph of its candidates in the May elections!

    Alhomwe! Alhomwe! Noooophiya!

  16. MBOLO PA BUMBU LA CALI says:

    Who doesn’t know that Mulhakho WA Alhomwe has turned into an Employment Bureau? 99.9999% of people being hired in top positions of government departments and agencies are Lhomwes fulfilling the agenda of Mulhakho WA Alhomwe.

  17. Horeb says:

    Culture indeed is good as act as tool for development if well nurtured. But Mulhako was only born at the wrong time with the wrong agenda supported by wrong person bcoz i have not seen Obama been a patron of black heritage group. Go anywhere where there are black people u will find stinking poverty, ethnicity etc eg all black African countries, Haiti, black Americans etc are we a cursed race? (TB JOSHUA TELL ME) This is despite having culture which Mr President is saying. I tend to agree with my collegue who argues that our black race stand for all evil; black heart, thoughts, reasoning, planning etc thus why we have black future. See how we Malawians hate each with Lomwes, Chewas etc brain washed that all Tumbukas ndiozikonda komaso onyanda with Tumbuka also brain washed that other tribes are unintelligent when u see good lectures of those tribes. Please Malawians let us love one another promote unity so that we don’t fulfil the supposedly black curse. Our energies must be chanalled to reducing the stinking poverty which is in every tribe. After all we brothers & sisters in Christ, Islam & other religions hoping to see each other in heaven

  18. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

    Mukufuna kupanga introduce chiRRRhlomwe mmasukulu? Chitumbuka chiyawo bwa? Tiona. You remember why students went to the street in 1976 in joni, we will do the same.

  19. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Expediciously, read the first lady’s body language. It is not that of a happy person. Something terrible that elludes an ordinary eye for sure.
    Time will tell.

  20. Khuth'upa o'Machema says:

    I suggest chiLhomwe, as a language, should be introduced in schools. As an elective in secondary schools, for a starter. The language is quite advanced in Mozambique: just in case detractors start putting down the language, saying there is nothing on “paper”, etc.
    I would line up to take an elementary course on-line, myself.

  21. V1 says:

    Dpp woyeee!!! Boma ilo! Zikumpwetekayo andiuze ngati ndalamayo akatenga ku acc. Yako,tax yake unapelekela kuti? Ng’ooo! Boma ilo!… D pp woyee.

  22. PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR OR SEE DEVELOPMENTS PLEASE ! THIS IS NOT TIME FOR PARTIES;HONEY MOONS AND BRIDAL SHOWERS !! OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED INT AIRPORT STADIUM GOOD ROADS IN THE NORTH LETS BE SERIOUS ENOUGH IN DOING THINGS PLEASE !! OUR NEIGHBOURS ARE LAUGHING AT US WE WAY WE ARE MANAGING OUR RESOURCES

  23. Asiyeni. Culture has roots

  24. Maximus Decimus Meridus says:

    Probably the ugliest First Couple in the World

    1. Mr.Bambo says:

      Did he propose to her himself or its the work of uncle Namondwe?Otherwise the president’s choice is horrible for sure.

    2. Patriot says:

      hahaha

  25. why teaching the language in zomba or karonga we do not need it foseki

  26. Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    So be it

  27. nabanda says:

    Chonde is in Mulanje

  28. munyapa says:

    last month we were celebrating somethn to do wt chikulamayembe n early ths month thre waz coronation of imkosi mbelwa v that is to signfy the importance of traditional leaders as custodians of culture n dvlpt,lets support the cauze for e betterment of a united Malawi!

  29. ntocha says:

    Getu ngati kachidole kaja amati sindrella

  30. SHAME says:

    Zomvesa chisoni kuti anthu can raise so much money for zinthu zopusa and zopanda pake ngati izi, koma atati tiyeni tipange raise cash for some important machine woyezela anthu kuchipatala cash osapezeka konse. Agalu inu mukufuna muzikawona mabele basi ndikumatota

    1. Mhesha says:

      Wasowa chonenatu apa…leave those contributors alone…use your own money wisely…to others the cultural function is worthy that support.

  31. Nafe says:

    Indeed

    “A person without cultural values is one without roots and that applies to the nation at large,”

  32. Mbanangwa says:

    That is something indeed, 60miles in one evening!

  33. ife says:

    Za ziiiiiiiiii

  34. Bongololo says:

    Either this Mulakho thing is very unexciting in as far as the looks on Mutharika’s face can tell, or the dude is just one hell of an ugly guy, the logical implication that both assertions could be true notwithstanding. Hehehehedeee uluuuu!

  35. Hehede says:

    Yes, we should promote our own culture. That is why we don’t want pupils to be forced to be writing or to be taught in schools.

  36. OGO!! says:

    This couple imakhala ngati anangotolana kuti tiyeni nazo..imaoneka marriage of convenience!!!

  37. ujeni says:

    Alkward, Mulakho wa makhoswe

    1. Munyepa Vetekhu says:

      This year alone we shall need the DETAILED FINANCIAL REPORT,paja munazolowera Mulhakogate,ndanenatu! Siizokwiya tikazamafunsa

    2. Zeen Beneliaza says:

      You are stupid what is wrong with cultural promotion

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