Kwathu invades Blantyre with ‘Mwatilakwira’ Thursday


Popular drama group Kwathu last Sunday premiered their latest play titled Mwatilakwira at Mulanje View Motel.

This is their first play in the year 2016 having admitted that they did not do well last year where they only managed to stage one production titled Aneneri.

The group which is one of the oldest having started in the 1980s has since said they will stage more productions this year starting off with Mwatilakwira.


After the premiere in Mulanje, Kwathu takes the play to Blantyre Cultural Centre formerly French Cultural Centre Thursday.

The group’s director Eric Mabedi said they were happy with the reception they received in Mulanje and that they were expecting another great outing today in Blantyre.

“Fans in Blantyre have always given us the best support and we always value them. We have done the rehearsals and have rectified the gaps which were exposed by people in Mulanje so we expect nothing but the best,” said Mabedi popularly known as Jakobo in the comic circles.


He called on people to come in large numbers and watch the production on Martyrs Day, which is a public holiday.

This is an annual day observed by nations to salute the martyrdom of soldiers who lost their lives defending the sovereignty of their nations.

But in Malawi, Martyrs Day falls today and is there to honour heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism.

“This is a special day where we celebrate the lives of our heroes who fought for this nation, who fought to give us this freedom we are enjoying today and for that we are thankful. This is why we are staging this play,” said Mabedi.

Written by Mabedi, the play focuses on different agreements that the government signs before consulting Malawians be it financial, human rights and bilateral loans among others which in the end brings miseries.

“The government needs to bear in mind that it signs these agreements on behalf of the government representing all Malawians without looking at political affiliations or ruling party,” said the veteran actor.

The play which Mabedi said will be taken to Lilongwe, Balaka and Phalombe among others on Easter as well as in Mzuzu in July also looks at the role human rights activists on issues affecting Malawians.

Apart from Mabedi, some of the actors starring in the play include Bon Kalindo alias Winiko, Charles Mphoka, Evans Mbewe, Linda Chatha, Enifa Chiwaya, Moses Mandebvu and Musa Penoh.

There are also other new faces in the play which included Solomonic Peacocks member Mwandipa Chimaliro.

The group has also revealed that it will launch another production in May titled Chaulere.

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