Vice President, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima Saturday has stressed the President’s call on Malawians observe three pillars of patriotism, integrity and hard work which he said could lead to continued development of the country.
Chilima was speaking at Mkolimbo Village in the area of Senior Chief Kwataine in Ntcheu at the 2016 Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni Cultural Day which was celebrated on the theme ‘Unity is power’
“The President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika who I am representing at this ceremony has been appealing to Malawians to embrace the three pillars as catalysts for development,” Chilima said.
He said if the three pillars are observed there will be love, unity and prudence utilization of resources for the country’s development.
The Vice President also expressed concern over the country’s population which said continues to grow at an alarming rate, saying as the population continues to grow it was eminent that resources would be a challenge.
“Currently the country’s population is at 17 million and it is projected that by 2030, the country’s population will be at 30 million, a development which as Malawians need to consider seriously,” he said.
Chilima advised Malawians to be having manageable families otherwise numbers of street children would continue.
“Failing to take care of your own siblings is a sin and punishable by God, what is the essence of having ten children whom cannot manage to take care off?” he wondered.
Earlier, Paramount Chief Gomani V of Maseko Ngoni advised his subjects on several issues such as sanitation and hygiene, culture, agriculture, child trafficking, women empowerment, child labour, tree planting and the need to protect people with albinism.
The paramount Chief also advised the Maseko Ngoni to do away with some of the tribes pillars such beer drinking and womanizing, describing them as old fashioned and archaic beliefs.
“Let us also refrain from copying foreign cultures which can in the long overshadow our culture,” he said.
The Vice President and Paramount Chief Gomani V earlier in the day laid wreaths at Chikuse Gomani Memorial Tomb before touring display stands of the Maseko Ngoni artifacts.
The ceremony was attended by Ngoni Chiefs from other parts of the country, South Africa and Mozambique.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :