President Peter Mutharika has urged Malawians to preserve culture and maintain unity for the country to develop.
Speaking during the Mulhako wa Alhomwe celebrations at Chonde in Mulanje on Sunday, Mutharika reminded Malawians that the country cannot develop if Malawians are divided.
“Whether you are Chewa, Lhomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngonde, Tumbuka or any other tribe, we must be united. We must love each other and work hard for the country to develop,” he said.
The Malawi leader, while urging elders to teach children good cultural practices, said there is a need urged Malawians to end harmful practices.
On his part, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said Malawians should use culture to promote peace in the country.
He then praised Mutharika for various development projects the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government is implementing in the country.
The traditional leader said Malawi has progressed since Mutharika took over citing electricity in rural areas and roads.
Mulhako wa Alhomwe Chairperson Leston Mulli said culture remains important because it gives people a sense of belonging.
“This year we deliberately chose the theme, Culture a unifying tool, let’s all hold hands in unity as one so that we continue to develop at a faster rate under leadership Mutharika,” he said.
Former president late Bingu wa Mutharika founded Mulhako wa Alhomwe Heritage in 2007 to promote Lhomwe culture.
During the festival, Lhomwes showcase their food, dances, drinks and other cultural elements.