The eastern region chapter of Mulhako wa Alhomwe, a cultural grouping which counts President Peter Mutharika among its members, gathered together in Liwonde, Machinga district to share experiences of the year 2015.
Speaking to Nyasa Times, Anderson Pondani, Eastern Region Chairperson of the Cultural grouping said the get-together of its members is a sure sign that Lhomwes in Malawi love each other.
“We wanted to celebrate together as a family and share our own experiences after working the whole year building the grouping in the Eastern Region,” said Pondani.
Pondani said he is happy that most of the Lhomwe people are now speaking openly their language unlike in the past where people were afraid to speak in public.
“When we gather like this we showcase a number of things like the type of food we eat, type of dances we dance,” Pondani said.
Speaking on the same, Maching District Chairperson of Mulakho John Kambulani saluted late President Bingu wa Mutharika for spearheading the formation of the tribal grouping.
The Liwonde event was spiced by traditional Lhomwe dances and a variety of foods they eat.
The Lhomwe people originated from Mozambique and settled in the southern part of Malawi. Others settled in Zomba but most of them settled at the foot of the Mulanje Mountain.
The group came in 12 various groups some of which are the Amilauani, Amanyala, Amatha, Alikhukhu, Amalivothi and the famous Angulu.
The Lhomwes have various cultural aspects which distinguish them from other ethnic groups. Some of these are their dances which include Soopa, Malathu—a dance done by elderly women, selebwede and the chinamwali dance.
The group is also known for its famous plant gondolosi. This plant is said to be of great significance in a man’s sexual life as it helps him to be strong and good in bed. Yums is also another plant which is cherished and eaten by the Lhomwe.
According to the administrator for the Mulhako heritage, Muchanakhwaye Mpulaka, at their headquarters in Chonde, various Lhomwe aspects are showcased.
Some of their houses (Namulukuwa), moulded pots and plates, traditional medicine (Gondolosi), ancient clothes and bows and arrows (Mithungo). –Additional reporting by Green Muheya, Nyasa Times.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :