President Peter Mutharika yesterday called on Malawians to be tolerant with one another, respect their leaders and love peace to promote development in the country.
This was the President’s message in his address to Malawians of all walks of life who gathered at Gomani Chikuse Sports ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makwangwala in Ntcheu for this year’s Umhlangano of the Maseko Ngoni.
“We are one people, wearing the name of Malawi, so there is no point in encouraging intolerance. Let us remain united to develop our nation,” the President said.
United States Ambassador Virginia Palmer, who represented the diplomatic community, echoed the same message, saying Malawi has a rich history of peace and said this would benefit the country if it is maintained.
“I love this country because its people are peace-loving, and this is a big advantage if the country is to develop,” said Palmer.
Inkosi Gomani V, popularly known as Ngwenyama among the Maseko Ngoni, urged his subjects to be champions of love and peace.
He said Malawi can develop faster if investment in the youth is enhanced because the youth are the future of any country.
“We the leaders have a huge task to ensure that we train our children both in formal education and cultural values. This is the only way we can promote our identity,” said Gomani.
Umhlangano is cerebrated every 1st Saturday of September and it takes place at the Gomani Chikuse Sports ground, where the 1st Gomani was buried.
The ceremony starts in the early hours with slaughtering of a fat male calf near Gomani’s grave as a sacrifice to their ancestors.
The meat from the slaughtered calf is roasted and eaten without salt right at the grave site as part of the ritual of the sacrifice.
Apart from the President, other notable patrons included Vice-President Saulosi Chilima, Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera, representatives of the diplomatic community and senior government officials.
Other delegates were from other Ngoni sectors from South Africa and Mozambique.