By Ronald Mpaso & Sam Banda Jnr
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has shown his respect and commitment to promote and preserve the country’s culture by donating K10 million towards this year’s Umhlangano Cultural Festival set for September 1-3 in Ntcheu.
Bushiri handed over the K10 million on Wednesday at Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani’s Lizulu headquarters in Ntcheu.
The donation also comes barely a week after Bushiri attended Umthetho Cultural Festival at Hora Mountain in Mzimba where Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V was also in attendance.
Spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo said it was important for Bushiri to be part of the cultural festival.
“He is Ngoni and like every other Ngoni who loves his heritage, he has a duty to be part of what he is,” said.
Gomani has since hailed Bushiri for the gesture saying the donation has come at the right time as the ceremony is in need of resources.
“As we get closer to this great ceremony, we need to mobilise resources to ensure the success of the festival. We therefore call upon other stakeholders to emulate the example of Prophet Shepherd and Mary Bushiri,” he said.
Meanwhile, Maseko Ngoni will tomorrow hold Umhlangano Fundraising concert at Blantyre Sports Club.
Musicians Soldier Lucius Banda, Lulu, Piksy, Driemo and Mibawa Band will perform at the fundraiser which is targeting to raise over K10 million.
The event’s fundraising chairperson Stain Singo said all was set for the concert and called upon people to come in large numbers.
“People should come and support us as we look forward to the main event. We have a good line-up of artists catering for all. We also call upon all Ngonis to get ready for the main event next month,” Singo said.
He also said that apart from the concert, they were also selling a festival cloth that people will wear and that they will not allow anyone to put on political colours.
“We are apolitical and so, no party colours at the festival. The festival is there to promote and preserve culture.
“Maseko Ngonis should also prepare to pay respect to our Inkosi and so we will have our usual ceremony of kudumisa so, if you put on a suit during the festival just be mindful that we will have kudumisa and we will sit down,” Singo said.