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Vice-President calls on Malawians to embrace hard-working spirit

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Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Saturday reiterated the President’s call on Malawians for them to embrace patriotism, hard-working spirit and integrity as pillars which he said could lead to continued development of the country.

He was speaking at Mkolimbo Village in Senior Chief Kwataine in Ntcheu at the 2016 Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni Cultural Day which was celebrated on the theme Unity is Power.

“President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, whom I am representing at this ceremony, has been appealing to Malawians to embrace the three pillars as catalysts for development,” Chilima said.

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He said if the three pillars are observed, there will be love, unity and prudent utilisation of resources for the country’s development.

The Vice-President also expressed concern over the country’s population which he said continues to grow at an alarming rate, saying as the population continues to grow, it is clear that resources would be a challenge.

“Currently, the country’s population is at 17 million and it is projected that by 2030, the country’s population will be at 30 million, a development which as Malawians need to consider seriously,” he said.

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Chilima advised Malawians to be having manageable families; otherwise, numbers of street children will continue.

“Failing to take care of your own siblings is a sin and punishable by God, what is the essence of having 10 children whom you cannot manage to take care of?” he said.

Paramount Chief Gomani V of Maseko Ngoni advised his subjects on several issues such as sanitation and hygiene, culture, agriculture, child trafficking, women empowerment, child labour, tree planting and the need to protect people with albinism.

The Paramount Chief also advised the Maseko Ngoni to do away with some of the practices such as beer drinking and womanising, describing them as old-fashioned and archaic.

“Let us also refrain from copying foreign cultures which can in the long run overshadow our culture,” he said.

The Vice-President and the Paramount Chief earlier in the day laid wreaths at Chikuse Gomani Memorial Tomb before touring display stands of the Maseko Ngoni artifacts.

The ceremony was attended by Ngoni chiefs from other parts of the country, South Africa and Mozambique.

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