Malawi President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has described culture as a springboard to forster national development.
Addressing this years Chewa Kulamba Ceremony at Mkaika Katete District of Zambia, Chakwera commended His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi, and Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia, and the people and Government of Zambia, for the powerful ceremony.
“I am particularly glad that beyond the promotion of national unity that is fostered by cultural celebrations like this, the Kulamba ceremony also promotes regional
unity, as it is jointly attended by people from three neighboring countries.
“This underscores the special place of the Chewa heritage in the national lives of the three countries. As such, on this day, we are witnessing different ways in which these three countries add value to the colourful cultural expressions on display here,” said Chakwera.
The Malawi leader said the timing of this gathering could not be more perfect, considering that one of the effects of the Covid-
19 pandemic over the past three years has been the forced separation of people of the same family or cultural groups from each other.
He said: “Now that period of separation has ended and we can thank God for allowing us to come together and experience the beauty of being.”
The President said the best
use of the ubiquity of Chewa people is not the subjugation of other cultural groups, but the galvanization of them towards common goals.
“Not only must Chewa people embrace this role of being a uniting agent between our nations, but Chewa people must also embrace this role of uniting the different cultural groups inside our nations.
“Take the Chewa people in Malawi, for example. According to cultural anthropologists, one in three Malawians is Chewa, and this vast grouping is spread out across all three regions of Malawi.”
He said Kulamba ceremony has proved to be the biggest uniting factor between the people of the three countries.
“Aside from the Chewa chiefs and villages represented here from the central region districts of Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Salima, Lilongwe, and Mchinji, there are Chewa chiefs and villages represented here from the southern districts of Blantyre, Mulanje, Chikhwawa, Chiradzulu, Mwanza,” he said.
In his speech , Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema commended Malawi President for attending the ceremony.
Hichilema said the function is crucial in stimulating economic development.