Inkosi Ya Makhosi M’mbelwa the V of Mzimba on Saturday took advantage of the mammoth crowd at the 2018 8th Umthetho Annual Cultural Festival at Hora Mountains in Mzimba to woe them to register and vote for the leaders they want during the next year May 19 Tripartite elections.
Speaking at the cultural event where the Ngonis celebrate their culture and which President Peter Mutharika and first lady Gertrude Mutharika attended, the Ngoni leader said only if people can go and register, they can be able to remove politicians who have failed and choose other leaders through the ballot.
Said Inkosi M’mbelwa: “As you all know, next year we having an election – so let me take this opportunity to woe you to go and register and vote. I know that voter registration has not yet started in Mzimba, but all am saying is when that time comes- go in your large numbers to register and vote.
“That is only way you can choose leaders you want, if you register and vote, both councillors, MPs and President. Those who have not performed can only be defeated through that way, the ballot power.”
Nonetheless, Inkosi M’mbelwa maintained for the second time that the Ngoni chiefs of Mzimba work with the government of the day, as long as it puts in place policies that favour Malawians and national development at large.
“I will repeat this again, we don’t work with the opposition, but rather we work with the government of the day to complement each other development agendas. Government(s) will change, but Ngoni chiefs will never change –for this has been our stand since our forefathers.
So I wish all vying for political post during then next year elections, well (Including you President Mutharika),” stressed M’mbelwa.
In his apolitical speech, President Mutharika called for unity, love and peace amongst Malawians saying fights and hate will destroy this country.
He commended the Ngoni chiefs for preserving culture saying as far as the national development is concerned, culture cannot be substituted.
This year’s Umthetho event was commemorated under the theme ‘Culture for development and economic development; curbing youths migration to enhance sustainable development in Mzimba.
Among others notable people at the event include Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, MCP second Vice President Harry Mkandawire, Minister of Culture, Tourism and community development Grace Obama Chiume, former Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Inkosi Zulu Gama of Ngonis in Songea in Tanzania.
According to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) calendar, voters’ registration in Mzimba lays in the last phase which commerce from 27 October to 09 November, 2018.