Topless girls who flaunted their breasts before President Bingu wa Mutharika were the highlights of the the fourth annual festival celebration for Lhomwes in Mulanje on Sunday.
The girls danced half-naked in front of happy looking Mutharika and the crowds. The event , beamed live on the public broadcaster MBC TV, had activities such as traditional dances, singing, and drama and poetry recitals.
Chairperson of the Entertainment Committee of the Main Organizing Committee, Rev. Harold Mbedza said the girls were “happy” to dance bare-breasted at the function.
Speaking at the function, Mutharika said the Mulhako wa Alhomwe group which he founded in 2008 and he is patron, is not a political movement but is there to revive the cultural values and practices.
“This is not a political or religious grouping,” said Mutharika.
“We just want to be reminding ourselves about where we are coming from, what our ancestors were eating and how they were worshiping,” he said.
Mutharika maintained that the main purpose of Mulhako Wa Alhomwe is to revive the cultural values and practices, thus promoting the cultural identity and rediscovering the roots of the Lhomwe people
President Mutharika described his Lhomwe tribe as the most peaceful and that they respect the cultural values of other tribes, saying they also accommodate chiefs from other tribes in the Lhomwe belt.
He called on co-existence of Malawian tribes, saying citizens may speak different languages and belong to other tribes but “we are Malawians first.”
Said the President: “There must be times when problems that confront us should come first before our ethnic orientations.”