Malawi Government has embarked on a campaign to use football as a tool to promote unity and peace.
Over the weekend, two football matches involving Super League side Blue Eagles and Mangochi-based teams were organised in the Eastern Region district to advance the cause.
Presidential adviser on national unity Symon Vuwa-Kaunda, who is championing the cause, was the guest of honour during Sunday’s game between Eagles and Mangochi Select that was also graced by the district commissioner (DC) Bester Mandele and Mangochi Police officer-in-charge Elijah Kachikuwo.
Addressing the crowd at half time, Kaunda said sport, in particular football, has the unique power to bring together and unite people of different races, cultures and religion.
“This initiative is about sensitising people about peaceful coexistence. We are trying to use football as a tool to enhance unity,” he said.
Kaunda said Mangochi was chosen because of the tension that engulfed the district on the selling of pork in some butcheries that was viewed as a taboo by some Muslims who dominate the district’s population.
In his remarks, the DC welcomed the initiative, saying Mangochi is one of the tourist attractions in the country, as such, the district should be peaceful.