Vice President Khumbo Kachali and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarous Chakwera joined thousands of Chewa people of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique in celebrating the Kulamba ceremony at Mkaika in Katete, Zambia
The ceremony which was attended by Zambian vice president Guy Scott was presidend by Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique .
It was characterised by drum beat, songs and Chewa dances including the nyau performed by ‘Gule wa Mukulu’.
In a special message Gawa Undi said: “Let us remember to send our children to school both girls and boys, let us discourage cultural practices that promote the spread of HIV and AIDS and let us remain united as Chewas.”
He also reminded Chewas that the ‘Gule wa Mkulu’ was a culture practice and not a religion .
The chief implored them to live in harmony with other tribes.
In his speech, Vice President Kachali said Malawi government considers the Kulamba ceremony as a key event that brings Chewa people from the three countries together to exchange cultural and farming ideas.
He said his government cherishes traditional leaders because they are key in the decentralisation programme play a role at community level.
Several dignitaries, local and foreign tourists attended this years Kulamba ceremony.