By Sella Singini
President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera has asked the three countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia to resolve to work together in creating structures and systems to promote free movement of people, goods and services among them.
Speaking on Saturday during Kulamba Ceremony at Mkaika, Katete District in Zambia, he said the three countries should revolve to move towards making citizens of these countries travel in each other’s country without passports saying this would foster development among the nations.
“We gather today to celebrate the Chewa cultural heritage, we should therefore reflect on what values our culture and our King, Kalonga Gawa Undi, teach us to promote across the nations. These values include education and sustainable socio-economic development, as well as cultural reform that seek to cure our tradition of such harmful practices Cho kolo and Mwambo wa Fisi, which we know to be dehumanising and detrimental to our well-being,” Chakwera said.
The Malawi Leader added, “We should reflect on the value of sharing in each suffering by responding to them as if they are our own.
Recent examples of this would be how the Zambian government apprehended a Chinese man who had to run away from Malawi after exploiting our children for personal gain, as well as how the Zambian government came to the aid of Malawians who had been involved in a terrible accident in Zambia.”
He urged the nations to return to their respective countries with a new determination to make Chewa culture synonymous with doing good for the benefit and harmony of people of these nations.
Chakwera asked all the citizens of the three countries to treat each other as brothers and sisters, for that is who they are, saying what has united them was greater than the artificial and colonial borders that others imposed to divide them.
Speaking earlier during the ceremony, President of the Republic of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema said the Kulamba ceremony defies national boundaries and simultaneously brings together brothers and sisters across the three countries to come and celebrate their common cultural heritage a hallmark of the deep-rooted, unifying nature of this shared cultural heritage and identity.
He said he was happy to see him and President Chakwera attending the ceremony while they are Presidents since they used to meet each other at the event the time they were both leaders of opposition in their respective countries.
In his speech read by Chairman of Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO) for Zambia, Kalonga Gawa Undi emphasised the need for these countries to invest in road infrastructures.
He said investing in road infrastructures would increase agricultural production and access to markets for the people of these three countries who depend on Agriculture.
Kulamba is a Chewa traditional ceremony in which Chewa chiefs pay homage to their King, Kalonga Gawa Undi.
During the ceremony, chiefs brief the King on the situation in their chiefdoms, highlighting major issues and developments and present gifts to him.
The ceremony did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.