Mutharika pays tribute to Yao leaders Muluzi, Chilembwe, Chipembere: Chiwanja cha Yao launches

President Peter Mutharika on Sunday presided over the launch of a Yao cultural heritage group, launching Chiwanja cha Yao at Mangochi Turn-Off in Balaka with a call for unity of purpose in the country among all cultural groupings, saying only a united state progresses.

President Mutharika presenting a gift to Paramount Chief Kawinga
Former President Muluzi (R) at the launch of Yao grouping

Mutharika, who also had former President Bakili Muluzi in attendance at the launch,  said  people should appreciate the importance of peaceful co-existence among people of different cultural backgrounds.

“There is no culture which is above others. Culture is very important for the development of the country,” Mutharika said.

He said government acknowledges the crucial role played by notable Yao people such late Reverend John Chilembwe, former President  Bakili Muluzi and late Henry Masauko Chipembere.

Mutharika has since asked all Yao people to work together with government in eliminating child marriages, prevention of environmental degradation, promoting good sanitation and health, community and economic development.

Paramount Chief Kawinga of Yao tribe hailed government for championing various development projects in the country.

He said the introduction of community technical colleges is in line with Yao people, saying most of them depend on technical and vocational skills such as tailoring and carpentry.

Chairperson for Chiwanja Cha a Yao McKennedy Abdul Aziz Yasini said the Yao grouping was established to promote the Yao culture.

He clarified that the grouping  is inclusive, nonpolitical and nonreligious and it accommodates everyone regardless, as long as they are Yaos.

Yasini cited Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese as one of the Yao person who has contributed a lot to the development of Catholic Church in the country.  

He said the grouping is meant to promote the progressive cultural values and traditions, and at the same time, fighting those negative things associated with Yao people  for example polygamy, adding while polygamy is accepted amongst them, people must have knowledge of its dangers such as HIV and Aids.

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Aka
Aka
1 year ago

I like the dressing of Bakili Muluzi. Kamnyamata. Go with time! Kikikikikikikikikiki

Chindele
1 year ago

So Augustine Bwanawusi a Yao scored 6 Cambridge distinctions un broken up to this day? And he became the first Malawian medical doctor? Wonders shall never end. Atumbuka mulungu akukhululukileni kwambili pobweletsa tsakho in education system in Malawi. I recently red that 5 boys only from Liwonde scored 11 points below. I repeat on Liwonde alone who happens to be Yaos. Then the same Tumbukas still claim that quota system imasakha athu a 28 points who are non northerners. Mulungu akukukhulukileni pameneponso. What northerners must no is that they committed genocide by dominating the institutions of higher learning on dis… Read more »

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba

The relationship between Bakili and Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba is diabolical. Udf is waiting to ambush dpp once they make Atupele running mate. That’s is crocodile smile that Bakili is showing Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba You will regret this. Bingu did the same when he joined udf. Bingu ditched udf and formed dpp. He went on to arrest BAKILI. Bakili sought asylum in hospitals faking illness. Bingu’s death saved Bakili and revenge will take place should Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba win and die in office. Watch out for the Bakili family.

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba

I have respect for Yaos, Senas, zNkhones, zTumbukas, Sengas and Chewas because they speak their languages. Lomwes and Ngonis don’t speak their languages. I am yet to hear Peter speaking Lomwe when in Lomwe belt. Joyce Banda and Mbava Bakili spoke or speak Yao to their natives. Saulos Chilima doesn’t speak Ngoni. Mia speaks Sena when in Lower Shire. Lomwe is a fake tribe or dying tribe. TA Mkanda and Chikumbu are Chewas who came from Dedza. There’s a lot of Gulewamkulu in Chileka, Chikwawa and Mwanza though a little bit diluted.

Jwa Chiyao Jwangalusa

Very much true. Lomwe and Ngoni tribes were diluted to Chewa or Nyanja.

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
Kent Y.G. Mphepo
1 year ago

Actually, some correction: TA Mkanda, Chikumbu, Kapeni, Makata, Machinjiri, Somba, Mlumbe, Lundu (of Blantyre West) and Juma, etc are “Masaninga” Yao Chiefs. Mabuka, Nkhumba, Nsabwe, Mchilamwera(?), Chimaliro, Nazombe, Likoswe, Chigalu, and almost all Lower Shire TAs are of the Mang’anja/Chewa family. Nkhulambe in Phalombe is the only Lomwe Chief (with land) in the whole so-called Lomwe Belt. The rest of the Lomwe’s, including Ngolingoliwa, peacefully settled among the Yaos and Nyanja/Mang’anja/Chewa people in small number and never acquired land of their own. Ngolingoliwa is, therefore, the only Paramount Chief without land in Malawi. He came to Malawi after all land… Read more »

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
1 year ago

John Chilembwe was a terrorist who does not deserve honor, Bakili plundered the country does not deserve honor, Chipembere anali woukira boma.

Polokwane
Polokwane
1 year ago

Worst comment ever !
Actually your father lost his respect in your village by impregnanting your late mother who happened to be an embecile..
WATCH me buddy

kendo
kendo
1 year ago

paja campaign yayandikila nde ayao mudya bwino pafupi zabwino zabwino zikupezani ndi chipani chatu cha dpp ,

Mbwengu
Mbwengu
1 year ago

Chiboda kunena kwa Mtchona

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
Kent Y.G. Mphepo
1 year ago

Congratulations Yao people for this great initiative! This is great and ife takunyadilani! However, the absence of some prominent Yaos such as Dr. Joyce Banda and Madam Callista Mutharika was not good. I have always thought that Madam Callista Mutharika was part of this Yao initiative when she was still at State House. When Bingu had “revived” Mlankho Wa Alomwe (for it was first established in 1943 when they fought to change the tribal name from “Anguru” – which was historically wrong – to “Alomwe”) Madam Callista also moved to start a parallel Yao tribal grouping – whose name I… Read more »

Bond Namiaka
Bond Namiaka
1 year ago

There are other many pre eminent Yaos who contributed substantially to the development and history of Malawi which the President omitted; Fredrick Sangala the first High Court interpreter and founder of the Nyasaland African Congress ( the Northerners except for DD Phiri distort history by claiming that NAC was founded by Mumba. Check your history retards), Dr Bwanausi and his young brother Augustine Kamuzus Minister and whose 6 points record for Cambridge exams remains un broken, Dr Misomali from Mlanje, Dr Malikebu the first Malawian medical doctor etc. And yet in another post one brain dead Northerner had the audacity… Read more »

Come Again!
Come Again!
1 year ago

Was Chipembere a Yao? I’ve always thought he came from that part of Mangochi which is, strictly speaking, not really Yao per se, i.e. Malindi. An old school friend of mine whose home is Malindi once told me that the “Malindians” originated from Likoma Island. I’m here to be enlightened further.

zaife izi
1 year ago
Reply to  Come Again!

what constitutes ones ethnicity? of what tribe are your so called Malindians ? Were there no Yaos at Malind at the time Masauko Chipembere was born? Who were the parents of Masauko? Answer these questions otherwise next you will be doubting if Chilembwe was a Yao

guy jobo
guy jobo
1 year ago
Reply to  zaife izi

Chipembere’s father Habil was born at Chiwanga village near Mtengula in mozambique and was of the nyanja/chewa tribe.after education the father was a teacher in many areas including Likoma,kotakota/visanza now Nkhotakokota/Nchisi.The Chipembere in question was born in Nchisi before the parents were moved by the Anglican church to go and teach at Malindi in Mangochi where they finally settled as their permanent home with other church members mostly from Likoma. He was from Yao land but was Nyanja/Chewa.

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