By Wezzie Gausi:
Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi Mkhomo V has called for political tolerance in the country, saying this is key to solving challenges besetting Malawi.
Gawa Undi said he had noted with concern that political issues were dividing the country.
The sentiments were made during this year’s Kulamba Traditional Ceremony of Chewa people of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia at Chewas Headquarters in Mkaika Zambia.
“For any country to develop, there is need for its people to work together despite having different political affiliations but, in Malawi, political parties are failing to reach a common ground for peace to reign and that worries me.
“As Chewas, we believe in people living together but, with what is happening in Malawi, people are slowly getting divided and this has not spared us, the Chewa,” Undi said.
Undi said, for many years, Malawi had been known as a peace-loving country but what was happening did not reflect the moniker ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.
Malawi’s representative at the ceremony, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Francis Phiso, said the government was ready for talks with opposition political parties and all concerned to bring back peace and development.
“It is sad that our country that was known for peace is now known with political wrangles. The government is more than ready to engage others so as to create a country which is safe for everyone,” Phiso said.
Kulamba is a Chewa traditional ceremony in which Chewas pay homage to their king, Kalonga Gawa Undi. Traditional leaders also brief the king on the situation in their chiefdoms, highlighting major issues and developments.
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