After enjoying the best of Umthetho Festival held at Hora Mountain in Mzimba last weekend where the Ngonis showed the best of their game, the country will Saturday experience the annual Mdawuku wa aTonga (Mwato) also known as Tonga Heritage annual gathering at Mkondezi Primary School Sports Ground in Nkhata Bay.
This event brings Tongas together to show the best of their tribe through among others, traditional dances such as Malipenga and Chilimika as part of promoting and preserving culture.
The annual gathering comes barely a week after Mwato Central chapter held a fundraising event in Lilongwe.
Mwato Acting Chief Executive Officer, Levi Zeleza Manda, said Thursday all was set for the annual gathering.
“We hold this event every third weekend of the month of August and this year it is this weekend. We will have food and performances,” Manda said.
This year will also see Mwato honouring 15 outstanding Tongas for selfless and dedicated services to the country and international development in their fields.
According to a press statement from Mwato, the 15 outstanding Tongas would receive certificates of appreciation.
Some of the people set to be honoured during the main event include The Park Town Band which is in the category of living artists. The group has performed in different places in the country telling the beauty of honora. It has been performing since 1933.
The others are the late Professor David Rubadiri, an author, poet par excellence and academician, who raised the country’s flag to the world and politician, lawyer and human rights defender Dr Vera Chirwa, Richard Banda, a lawyer, politician, civil servant, footballer and businessman and Zabweka Tembo & The School Band.
“We launched these awards last year and these honours are an annual feature for Mwato celebrations,” Manda said.
Last year, some of the people, who were honoured include youthful artist Machuluka, who is also expected to perform at the event Saturday.