By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
MANGOCHI-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday, October 22, 2022 again urged Malawians to remain united saying cultural festivals including Chiwanja Cha A Yao are assets for unity.
Chakwera observes that the country desperately needs unity to succeed in both social and developmental endeavors.
Speaking at Mangochi stadium during this year’s Chiwanja Cha A Yao cultural festival, Chakwera said; “Today is a successful day, uniting Malawians because there is nothing that unite us as a nation if not such events which celebrate us together for our differences in culture.
“We have gathered here today to celebrate for the Yao culture as one of the Malawian cultures which is more important in the history of this country, because we can not mention of who we are, what history do we have, our culture, our politics, and even how do we conduct our economic activities without mentioning the Yao.
He added, “Previously we have had two Presidents Dr. Bakili Muluzi, and Madam Dr. Joyce Banda who are both the Yao. This did not come accidentally.”
Chakwera added that the parading of over 60 Yao chiefs during the event from various districts like Machinga, Mangochi, Dedza, Blantyre, Balaka, Zomba, Salima, Mulanje, and Chiladzuru clearly indicated that the Yao are found in different areas of the country.
He told the nation that having such events is a boost to the country’s development as suggested by the theme for Chiwanja Cha A Yao “To Promote Development through Culture”.
In his speech, Paramount Chief Kawinga who was the guest during the event urged leaders to promote unity among Malawians.
“There is a great need for leaders to promote unity among Malawians. Chiwanja Cha A Yao is such a cultural event aiming at promoting peace, this country is one, everyone is a Malawian, and no-one will come to unite Malawi if not Malawians ourselves,” said Kawinga
Paramount Chief Kawinga did not finish his speech without echoing chief Mponda that Mangochi has been hardly hit by hunger and need urgent food relief programs to save lives of Malawians in the district.
This year’s Chiwanja Cha A Yao has been celebrated under the theme “To Promote Development through Culture”