Mutharika backs Mulakho, raises K60m:  ‘Culture is like a tree with roots’

President Peter Mutharika has added his weight to the Muhlakho wa Alhomwe group which is normally criticised for being politicised by the ruling DPP, saying it is there to preserve culture like any other heritage groups.

The First couple dancing during the function. -Pic by Francis Mphweya
The First couple dancing during the function. -Pic by Francis Mphweya

Mutharika made the remarks Friday evening during a fund raising dinner and dance for the Muhlakho wa Alhomwe grouping in Blantyre  where  K60 million was realised to assist during this year‘s Muhlakho annual cerebrations at Chonde headquarters in Thyolo on October 26.

“A person without cultural values is one without roots and that applies to the nation at large,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika noted that certain cultural skills could create jobs not only for the majority youths, but also for the older generation, hence the need to jealously preserve culture.

“Cultural skills can be improved and made marketable. This would create jobs for our young people and eventually make them self sufficient.”

Minister of information, tourism and culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa noted that culture had a vital role in promoting the country’s tourism industry.

“We need to promote traditional and cultural dances, food, medicines and many more because they help in attracting tourists which leads to income generation for the country,” said Nankhumwa.

He added: “Theatre and dances act as effective ways of disseminating developmental information and that also signifies the importance of culture to every nation.”

Chairperson of Muhlakho wa Alhomwe Bright Mangulama said their grouping had taken keen interest in imparting cultural values to the young generation, hence the opening of Lhomwe lessons in the country.

“ The Lhomwe culture and language was almost dying  until the birth of Muhlakho wa Alhomwe six years ago which gave the Lhomwe people a sense of belonging and a formal way of enhancing their cultural values,” explained  Mangulama.

Part of the K60 million raised during the event will assist in financing some of the grouping’s projects like the introduction of Lhomwe lessons throughout the country.

Lhomwe is one of the major tribes in the southern part of Malawi.

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mohiwa
mohiwa
6 years ago

cultural issues are not equal to political issues. when come to commemoration of other cultural heritage, no one queries, why only with mulhako?

Mwana wa Mackmillan
Mwana wa Mackmillan
6 years ago

Mokuti munakapanga msewu umodzi okha wa toygate

KENNEDY MANJAWIRA
6 years ago

PARTIES ; PARTIES ;HONEY MOONS; HONEY MOONS ;BRIDAL SHOWERS;BRIDAL SHOWERS EVEN OLD PEOPLE WHILE PEOPLE ARE DYING IN HOSPITALS; REALLY?? WE ARE NOT SERIOUS !!

malawian
malawian
6 years ago

mlakho will never die whether u like it or not.we like so very much iwe ngati ulibe chikhalidwe zako izo ukawafunse agogo ako

Mr.Bambo
Mr.Bambo
6 years ago

Kkkkkkk Bwitoto walasa!!Indeed the question should stand as such!!!Answers please?????Ok it is the old granny that needs to be first beautified!!!

concerned
concerned
6 years ago

K60m can be used to construct 2 full primary school (10 school blocks), ie 8 classrooms, std 1 to 8, headmasters office and staff room for each school that has a life of over 40 years. Now we will blow K60m in 1 day and pupils still still earning under trees. Honesty Mw has not reached the level of this spending. K60m for 1 day cultural event!!

Nambewe
6 years ago

Ndiye ayitcholatu

mbwenu mbwenu
mbwenu mbwenu
6 years ago

tiyeni tikavine nawo aganya mose nawoso azabwera kwathu

Moyenda
Moyenda
6 years ago

Kudos Mlakho! Until you visit Yod Abysinia chain of restaurants in Addis Ababa, you cant agree more with Kondwani on the importance of culture to tourism. In Addis families – I mean dad, mum and kids – go to restaurants for amusement; the food is traditional and affordable, making it accessible to Ethiopians as well. But in Malawi things are expensive, amusement is a monopoly for men, and we fail to integrate our culture in our goings on. it’s because we like talking more than action, and we are shameless about mediocrity.

Gogo Pitala
6 years ago

tribalism is what drives DPP and nothing else.

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