Business magnate Leston Mulli has replaced James Seyani as chairperson of board of trustees of the cultural grouping Mulhako wa Alhomwe.
The development follows the expiry of Seyani’s term.
Speaking in Balaka on Sunday during his official inauguration, Mulli said he will work to unify not only Lhomwe people, but all tribes in the country.
“There is need for unity so that development can be achieved in the country. We have a duty to inform the people by spreading development messages in the country,” he said.
Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa reiterated the need for greater cooperation between Lhomwes and Yaos, saying they have the same background as they both came from Mozambique.
Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsamala pledged to work with Lhomwes to enhance cultural unity.
Mulhako wa Alhomwe was formed on October 25 2008 as a cultural grouping for the Lhomwes, with former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika as its founding patron.
On Sunday, President Peter Mutharika appeared at the function that took place at Balaka Primary School.
Mutharika was travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre for official duties, among them the launch of this year’s National Forestry Season.
In his speech, the President said people of all tribes should work together as they belong to one big tribe which is Malawi.
“There is nothing wrong with belonging to a cultural group because the idea is to enhance cultural identity,” said Mutharika.
He said government has lined up a number of projects, including the construction of a 20-storey building which will be the tallest in the country.