Mulhako holds festival: Mutharika warns politicians against hijacking cultural groups

President Peter Mutharika has warned politicians against hijacking cultural groups, saying this tendency divides people.

President Mutharika and vice president Chilima at Mulhakho event
President Mutharika and vice president Chilima at Mulhakho event
Part of the audience at the Mulhakho festival
Part of the audience at the Mulhakho festival

Mutharika was speaking on Saturday at Chonde in Mulanje during the annual gathering of Mulhako wa Alhomwe, a cultural grouping that organises the yearly gatherings for the Lhomwe tribe.

“There are some politicians who use cultural groups to us, we should not allow that. We are all one whether we are Sena, Yao, Ngoni or Tumbuka,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika also pleaded with the Lhomwe tribe to encourage their children learn the Lhomwe language, saying just a handful can now understand and speak the language.

“This is why my late brother [late Bingu wa Mutharika] and I created Mulhako wa A lhomwe to preserve the language among other things,” said Mutharika a Lhomwe by tribe himself.

The President said Lhomwe children need to be told and taught Lhomwe cultural values which include respect for the elderly instead of touting them as witches.

“We need to protect the elderly because these are the defenders and pillars of our culture. They are not witches,” said Mutharika while announcing that very soon the government will be adopting the national policy for the elderly.

He said culture can as well be a powerful tool to grow the economy and advocacy for human values such as integrity and hard work.

During the event, Unesco recognised tchopa or sopa as a world heritage cultural dance after gulewamkulu and vimbuza in the centre and north respectively. During the event, people enjoyed Lhomwe food, among other activities.

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mphwinthe
mphwinthe
5 years ago

alomwe alomwe nophiya basi

Mpumulo wa Bata wayandikila
Mpumulo wa Bata wayandikila
5 years ago

Saulos, mupepela nadzo zimenezo a ngoni

Nabiyeni
Nabiyeni
5 years ago

Koma zomati mudzitenga fuel in parastatal organisations popita ku mulakho nzolakwikwa. I recently witnessed government vehicles fueling at BP in Area 18 and titafunsa ndamva kuti anali magalimoto opita ku Luchenza and were being sponsored by macra. Pilizi chonde a Pitala chipani ndi boma ndi zinthu zosiyana. This function is not a government function. Why not asking the parastatal to use this money in constructing a cancer clinic if it has money to waste?

swalalahi walehi wasaalaam

Ahlomwe oposa 8 anafa kunsonkhanowu pameene chindewu chogendana ndi mabotolo a Fanta chinayambika nthayi yomwe anthu amati ayambe kudyaa. Koma zikudabwisa kuti nkhaniyi sikukambidwa…….

Half Chewa,Half mkhokori
Half Chewa,Half mkhokori
5 years ago

Mutharika its a waste of time reviving the archaic language of Lomwe.There is no way you can revive Lhomwe language.Its a waste time and taxpayers promoting such tribal functions.We need development in Malawi.Lomwes are not interested in their archaic language.They would rather speak some broken Chewa.

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
5 years ago

When Malawians voted for multiparty democracy 21 years ago,they expected to usher in a new era,but instead,a new era has brought into the country tribal divisions never seen before.The most amazing scenario is that these divisions have been created by two brothers who happened to be Lomwes.However,Muthalika’s stratagem is to entrench his minority and illiterate Lomwes into spheres of economic and leadership establishments.This is a very misguided and deleterious move that will eventually,polarize our peaceful mother Malawi.Since Nyasaland/Malawi had been inhabited,people inherited and practiced their ancestral lineage,therefore,there is no need for this President to divide and rule us.Whatever the case,when… Read more »

Balamanthu
5 years ago

Ku Mulhakho walomwe is where jobs and positions handed out-hence promoting deep rooted tribalism ndi chigololo.

ohakalala
5 years ago

ife a lhomwe ndife anthu okonda mtendere,ngakhale ma mmissionary anatikonda kwambasi each and every district which is occupied by the lhomwe there is a mission and nursing xool zikanakhale lero bwenzi wina akuti sankho, we are peace lovers and this is our pride, proud to lhomwe and am lomwe 100%

Fenali A L
Fenali A L
5 years ago

This is an employment bureau.mxiiii. Lucrative jobs are being given to lhomwes through mulhakho. Demeti agalu inu anyapapi. Mudzawona tikubweza ku mibado yanu ikubwera yo. Pa nyo pa nyiiii niiii panu nonse alhomwe. EDZI SO YAKUKANTHANI ZEDI

mulli
mulli
5 years ago

Chilhomwe chikanatha zakhala bwino pamenepa

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