President Peter Mutharika has directed Mulhako wa Alhomwe board chairperson Professor James Seyani and his fellow trustees as well as all Lhomwe intellectuals to work on producing a book about the history and way of living of the Lhomwes.
The President said this Saturday at Thyolo Community Centre ground when he elevated Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngolongoliwa to senior chief status.
During the ceremony, Mutharika said Mulhako wa Alhomwe should work with Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa in coming up with the book .
The President said the book should be ready by October 25 2016, when the Lhomwes meet for their annual celebrations.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa commended President Mutharika for elevating Ngolongoliwa saying the gesture symbolizes that the President understands the importance of chiefs in the development of the country.
Chewa influential chief from Kasungu, Senior Chief Lukwa observed the need for all cultures in the country to start promoting their traditions and values by strengthening their various heritages as this could be a source of revenue.
“The heritages such as Mulhako wa Alhomwe can be a source of revenue to the country apart from preserving different cultures.
“This can be facilitated through the Ministry of Information and Tourism. We need therefore to work hand in hand for us to achieve this,” said Lukwa.
Lukwa therefore asked the President to consider constructing a better house; court room and an office for Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa that would enable him discharge his duties as a chief effectively and comfortably.
Some of the notable figures that attended the ceremony included former president Bakili Muluzi, Chief Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa, members of Parliament (MPs) and traditional leaders.