By Antony Isaiah Jr
The former State Vice president, Dr Khumbo Kachali has labelled the Lhomwe tribe as a political grouping for their decision of not inviting the State President, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera for this year’s Mlhakho wa Alhomwe Festival.
The Southern Region tribal grouping announced that they have no idea of inviting Dr Chakwera who has been attending several cultural festivals this year to their event saying that he does not listen to the Alhomwe’s voices.
Among others, the Lhomwe grouping said they wanted him to use the estimated K53 million that could have been spent on a trip to the event on other equally important issues.
“We don’t want to compromise our operations hence we gave decided to exclude President Chakwera from the event. He is a leader who does not listen to our voices,” said the Vice Chairperson of the grouping, Blessings Makwinja.
Reacting to the issue, the vice president under People’s Party regime, Khumbo Kachali said what has the grouping done clearly shows that they are a political grouping, a branch of the now very feeble Democratic Progressive Party masquerading as a cultural establishment.
“What a lame excuse in fact some would have said what a foolish excuse,” said Kachali. “Obviously, President Chakwera will not even miss attending the event as he has just too much on his lap but it should be put on record that President Bingu wa Mutharika, and recently Peter Mutharika used to attend these functions using state resources. Why did they not appear to Mlhakho wa Alhomwe then that those resources could have otherwise been used in other so called important areas?,” asked Kachali.
Kachali said during the previous regimes, other agents of the Mlhakho wa Alhomwe indulged 8j criminal stralinh from City Councils and NAC to divert public resources to finance the event.
He added that the Lhomwes are doing this out of pain because the President is not from their tribe. He has urged people to be cooperate and move out from tribalism if the nation is to achieve its socio-economic development goals.
“The truth is that you are in pain because a Lhomwe is no longer President of this Nation but it was and is still very childish to think that only Lhomwes should be presidents. As a country as need to move beyond tribes iwe are to make any progress in socio-economic development,” added Kachali.
This year’s event of Mlhakho wa Alhomwe Festival is slated for October 9, 2022 in Chonde, Thyolo District and its budget has been pegged at K180 Million.