This year’s Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural festival will take place on October 19, the group has announced.
Making the announcement at Chonde headquarters in Mulanje on Saturday, Mulhako wa Alhomwe chairperson Leston Mulli said during the celebrations, they will honour the group’s first patron, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, former chairperson Bright Mangulama and Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa, all of whom are deceased.
He said: “These people played different roles. Mutharika [Bingu], founded the cultural group and worked hard to make it what it is today. Mangulama was the driving force who ensured that it maintained the momentum while the late Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa was instrumental in preserving our culture.”
Mulli said this year’s celebrations will focus more on unity among different tribes.
He also said the celebration will encourage the people on the importance of using traditional things such as medicine.
On his part, Senior Chief Kaduya said they are working hard to preserve the Alhomwe culture so that the younger generation should know its importance.
“We were worried that the Alhomwe culture will disappear because the younger generation was occupied with modern life. But with the establishment of a cultural grouping, things are now better.
“I know that there are many Alhomwes who do not know the language. We are doing everything possible to ensure that many people learn it through the establishment of the schools that teach Lomwe,” he said. This year’s theme is Embracing Cultural Diversity and Unity Among Tribes.