Mutharika said this at Chonde Grounds in Mulanje district during this year’s Mlakho wa Alhomwe annual cerebrations.
“As leader of this country, I am pleased to see that this event has drawn together many cultural groupings. This is what it means to have unity in diversity. This is how we share wisdom of the people.
“But let me emphasize that in all our cultural diversity, we are all Malawians. Culture should be our source of unity more than division.”
The festival saw Lhomwes from across the country and beyond sharing and celebrating their cultural values together with other tribes like Ngonis, Yaos, Tumbukas and Chewas just to mention a few.
Mutharika went on to ask the Lhomwes to promote the three pillars of development.
“Therefore, we must also use our culture to teach younger generations the progressive values of Patriotism, Integrity and Hard work. These values must become our way of life, our culture. I want these values to be part of every culture in Malawi.”
He however asked Malawians to teach children about cultural heritage so as to avoid serious anomaly of bringing forth a generation which has no cultural roots.
"We must respect and treat our elders because these are the custodians of culture. These are the keepers of the great secrets and mysteries of life,” said Mutharika.
The President said Lhomwe children need to be told and taught Lhomwe cultural values which include respect for the elderly instead of touting them as witches," said Mutharika.
“We need to protect the elderly because these are the defenders and pillars of our culture. They are not witches," said Mutharika while announcing that very soon the government will be adopting the national policy for the elderly.”
And Mwene wa Mamwene Ngolongoliwa distanced the group from political affiliation which a lot of people align it to.
“We are never a political group. We are a grouping of Lhomwes from different political parties so I say Mlakho wa Alhomwe is not a political party,” said Ngolongoliwa.
During the event, UNESCO recognized Tchopa or Sopa as a world heritage cultural dance after Gulewamkulu and Vimbuza in the centre and north respectively. During the event, people enjoyed Lhomwe food, among other activities.
Mlakho wa Alhomwe is the ethnic grouping which aims at promoting the Lhomwe heritage and culture in Malawi and beyond.
The mass also took time to pay respect to its former board chairperson Late Bright Mangulama who died after collapsing at his home at Green Corner in Blantyre.
People during the event hailed Mangulama as a man who held the grouping together following the death of its founding patron late Professor Bingu wa Mutharika.