Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Saturday appealed to Malawians to slow down on childbirths if the country is to achieve meaningful socio-economic development.
Chilima also challenged political, faith and traditional leaders to devise measures that can help the country tackle overpopulation and its effects.
The Veep was speaking in Ntcheu on Saturday during the Umhlangano wa Maseko Cultural Day, the day when the Maseko Ngoni celebrate and reflect on their culture.
Said Chilima: “Overpopulation is a silent threat to Malawi’s future. Let us start doing something about this national threat together as a country and as leaders regardless of our political, religious or cultural differences.
“Let us start talking about this in our communities, in our churches, in our workplaces and in our cultural groupings so that we can find a lasting solution to this threat to ensure that our population should not exceed the resources that, as a country, we can provide.”
On culture and traditions, Chilima urged Malawians to preserve and cherish their cultural practices.
He said culture and traditions are prerequisites for unity and strength in the society.
“Let us stick to cultural practices that will make us become a patriotic people, hard workers and a people of integrity if Malawi is to continue developing,” he said.
In his remarks, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V committed himself to using the Ngoni culture and traditions to promote girls education and women empowerment.