August 6, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi’s President Professor Peter
Mutharika on Friday said that culture is the only tool for social economic development in the country.
Mutharika was speaking at Bingu
International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital city Lilongwe during a Mulhako WA Alhomwe fundraising Dinner Dance.
He said that Malawi as a nation should embrace culture as a tool for development.
“We must always remember – that culture is the foundation of development. Our way of life, our way of thinking, and our value
systems determine our ability to develop as nations.
”As a nation, we need to use culture as a tool for Youth development. The way we culture our Youth is the way we shape
our future, “said President Mutharika.
He added that, “My government has always believed in patriotism, integrity and hard work. And we must live by these virtues all
the time. This is the way we will develop our country.”
President Mutharika also narrated on how Lewis Mataka Bandawe and his late brother Bingu Wa Mutharika struggled to establish
Mulhako Wa Lhomwe in the country.
“When I think of the history of the Lhomwe Cultural Grouping, I begin to think of Lewis Mataka Bandawe. Before this man, the
Lhomwe suffered the stigma of inferiority labeled as trouble makers at the hands of colonial settlers,”
Mutharika said that Bandawe was the first man to translate the New Testament Bible from English into Lhomwe in 1930. He also gave prominence to Lhomwe language and strengthened the Lhomwe identity.
Bandawe led a movement that reinterpreted Lhomwe history to set its correct facts. . In 1943, he founded the Lhomwe Tribal