Malawian President Peter Mutharika has called for continued “good neighbourliness” for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.
Mutharika made the call on Saturday at Paramount Chief Mpezeni headquarters in Chipata, Zambia when he participated in the annual Ngoni N’cwala festival.
“ I am pleased to note that our people that live along the common boundaries continue to peacefully co-exist, intermarry, and trade with each other. This can only be attributed to our good neighbourliness,” noted Mutharika in his speech.
He said the gathering strengthened Malawi ties with Zambia but also celebrated the richness of the Ngoni culture in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.
“We should also not forget that our countries exist within the global village whose people have different cultures. Thus, while we must safeguard and fully understand our traditions, we should also be keen to learn about cultures of other countries, in order to develop a greater understanding of the world we live in. We cannot survive in the modern world in isolation.
“ We can only be full participants of the global village by interacting and understanding of other cultures,” he said.
The President noted that Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia do not only share the Ngoni Culture but also have common languages.
Mutharika said annual cultural events offer a platform of exchanging cultural values which are important for understanding and respecting one another.
He said such festivals are also a base for the development and promotion of cultural tourism which is a catalyst for social economic growth.
The N’cwala ceremony takes place once a year among the Ngoni. It is also a celebration of the first fruits of the season.
The Mpezeni chieftainship was founded by Zwangendaba, a former general of King Shaka of the Zulu, who fled the Mfecane. It is named after the Ngoni warrior-king Mpezeni who rose up in 1897 with over 4,000 warriors against the British who were taking control of Nyasaland and North-Eastern Rhodesia, and was defeated.
He signed a treaty which allowed him to rule as Paramount Chief of the Ngoni and his successors use his name in the title to this day.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :