Alhomwe Nophiya! (Lhomwes have arrived). Mulhako wa Alhomwe plans to open Lhomwe schools in all the districts across the country, according to the groups’ public relations officer, Hastings Maloya.
Maloya told Zodiak Broadcasting Services that the Lhomwe schools will be opened country wide “so that all people have opportunities of learning the Lhomwe language.”
He was commenting after President Bingu wa Mutharika, a patron of Mulhako wa Alhomwe, joined the group in celebrating its fourth anniversary.
The customs group has a Lhomwe school and Library at its Chonde headquarters in Mulanje.
Mulhako wa Alhomwe is also waiting for licence from the regulatory authorities to open a radio and television station.
Maloya said the establishment of the group by Mutharika in 2008, has led to the discoveries of many lost Lhomwe cultural activities such as dances and tattoos commonly known as chipini among women.
Mutharika said during the cultural anniversary that Mulhako was formed to preserve the Lhomwe customs.
Billionaire businessman Leston Mulli, who was chairperson of the celebrations’ organising committee, pointed out that since the establishment of the group; people have been able to learn the Lhomwe language and other traditions.