Mtambo says Malawi to hold National Day of Cultural Celebrations: Chewa, Mulhakho, Umhlangano, Chiwanja, Umtheto in one festival

In his quest to meet his unifying Malawi agenda, Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Mtambo has revealed that government will soon set a date when it  will hold National Day of Cultural Celebrations.

Lomwe dances 
Boys performing Ngoma dance at Umhlangano

Mtambo made the statement during a Capital Straight Talk on Capital Radio on Tuesday.

“In Malawi, we have different cultures but people celebrate on their own, in seclusion of the other.

“We have Lhomwes celebrating on their own. So too are the Yaos, Tumbuka, Ngonis, etc. we have to change this.

“Instead of using these cultural groupings as agents of national unity, previous governments used them as agents of diconnectors,” he said.

Mtambo has since announced government’s ambitious plans of holding National Day of Cultural celebrations.

“The day will operate just the way Trade Fairs do. So we will have all cultural grouping on their space explaining to people who they are and what they do. This will enhance cultural understand and acceptance. People will begin to understand that there is beauty in cultural diversity,” he said.

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Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 year ago

As Ngonis, we can only hold our Umtheto at Hora Mountain. This is symbolic and we cannot move. Did Mtambo consult with the stakeholders before making such pronouncements?

Kabwande
Kabwande
1 year ago

Mizimu ikakayamba kukwenyana ukaleletsa iwe? . Umamdziwa gule wamkulu koma?

Dpp and udf kutha ngati Makatani

Just continue with Kamuzu philosophy of no Chewas, no Lomwes, no Nyachusa etc. Leave this to traditional leaders. It was very unfortunate that the dpp president was heading a tribal grouping Mlakho wa Lomwe. Other tribes hated the Lomwes who became arrogant and employed each other in top positions. Malawi is in reboot mode after cleaning the deadly and novel Sars-covid-dpp.

Esnarth Yaluwera
Esnarth Yaluwera
1 year ago

Za ziiiii za mkutu

OBAMA
OBAMA
1 year ago

This is the most commendable move. We need unity izizi zomati angoni, ayao, alambia, atumbuka,alhomwe, atonga achewa azipanga ma cultural awo must go

Che Bauleni
Che Bauleni
1 year ago

zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Peace
Peace
1 year ago

Tapangani zama feteleza rain starts in less than 2 months please

Chilima
Chilima
1 year ago

Count Mlhomwes out apapa till you do certain things right

Wamasokosi
Wamasokosi
1 year ago

Count me in on this. Actually we can use these Cultural Festivals as the traditional version of the Lake of Stars… Turn it into a Tourist Attraction like the Reed Dance of Eswatin (Swaziland). If you are to be smarter, make it a SADC Region Cultural Festival. Bring in some few cultures from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, makhirikhiri from Botswana, and our South Africans together. Then package the event under the support of big mobile companies like MTN, AirTel, MTN and Vodacom. Kumanchangamuka pa town!! Then you can ask the Geographical Channel or BBC to make a documentary to beam to… Read more »

Kasim
Kasim
1 year ago
Reply to  Wamasokosi

That’s good thinking

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
1 year ago
Reply to  Wamasokosi

Great suggestion. I buy this also. Include cultural foods as they also do in Chicago .. Food Fare/Festival. This will be great and I am sure it will excite many people.

T Makala
T Makala
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard Steel

Wonderful and the cultural food aspect could be also educational for an amasikuwano a Facebook. They don’t know kukunga nsima ya kondoole. That’s the place to bring in organic and health local food. We can package it as a local health foods fair as part of the grand scheme.

Mphatso M
Mphatso M
1 year ago
Reply to  Wamasokosi

I concur. Over the years, I have been saying that ” the day Malawians will stand tall, and be proud of their culture and heritage, and stop looking at all that is theirs with contempt, it is the day all the riches that our forebears left us will be ‘poured’ and released onto us. I have lived in Zululand, and travelled to Eswatini many times before. At many occasions, I attended cultural Festivals, and can attest to the enrichment and great achievement their traditional dances, literature, fashion, music, food, theatre, logistics, art and craft, has brought to their countries. Our… Read more »

T Makala
T Makala
1 year ago
Reply to  Mphatso M

This is really fabulous and the way to go for a united and prosperous Malawi… we got to fly above party politics and focus on such low hanging fruits.

Mathanyula
1 year ago
Reply to  Wamasokosi

I was of the same opinion. If Malawi was to be unitd such an innitiative will help alot.

T Makala
T Makala
1 year ago
Reply to  Mathanyula

Ahaaa… that’s the way to go and we got to harness our unity for the benefit of the entire Nation. We got to put Malawi in front of this game of global or regional tourism.

Prosper
Prosper
1 year ago
Reply to  Wamasokosi

You deserve to be thanked now. Why wait for years to come? Thank you for such a brilliant contribution!

T Makala
T Makala
1 year ago
Reply to  Prosper

True true and I like more what others have added to improve on this idea.

Mazgu
Mazgu
1 year ago

The only thing mtambo and tonse alliance can do to achieve unity is to go and kneel at each and every shop they looted and say sorry. Pay each shop owner compensation for the damage caused. Then may be, they will have our permission to die.

Kambewa ngozo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mazgu

Foseki
Bingu Bingiza Muthalika under Dpp shot dead 20 people during the demonstration. Let Dpp party compansate the Malawians who lost their beloved ones

Mathanyula
1 year ago
Reply to  Mazgu

KKKKKKKK cadet sasowa. Always negative thinking. Paja ubongo anakagulitsa kwa gogo petulo

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