Businessman Leston Mulli has replaced James Seyani as Mulhako wa Alhomwe Chairperson, pledging to work towards national unity.
President Peter Mutharika attended the function at Balaka Primary School Ground in Balaka District on Sunday.
Accepting his new role, Mulli said he would, through the cultural grouping, strive to reach out to people of every district with the message of unity.
Asked on his plans as he assumes office, Mulli, who, before his appointment, was Mulhako wa Alhomwe trustee, said his major goal is to promote unity in the country.
“We plan to reach out to every district with information of unity because we are all Malawians and there shouldn’t be any issue of tribalism whatsoever. We should all work at developing the nation other than dividing people.
“There is no place in the world that has developed while the people are divided. We will work with other ethnic groups to achieve social, economic and cultural development,” Mulli said.
Mutharika said unity among cultural groupings is a catalyst for national development.
The President was on his way to Blantyre from Lilongwe to fulfill other official engagements, including launching the national tree planting season on Monday and groundbreaking ceremony of a five-star hotel, convention centre, business park and two restaurants.
“There is nothing wrong with cultural tradition… At the end of it all, Malawi should emerge victorious. Cultural groupings should rally behind the lofty goals of progressing towards economic development targets,” Mutharika said.
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