Speaking during the 2018 MBC Zokonda Amayi Macheza celebrations that took place at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, Madame Mutharika said the Zokonda Amayi program goes beyond greeting each other on the phone. She said it has now become a tool that women use to empower themselves and others.
First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika who was the guest of honor at the event, hailed the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for initiating the program which she says is helping to connect women from all walks of life to a platform where they are discussing pertinent issues that can help transform their lives.
“I would like to commend MBC for coming up with Zokonda Amayi Macheza. Ever since I started participating in Zokonda Amayi four years ago, I have learned a lot from women that participate in this program. In women gatherings like Zokonda Amayi is where women talk about business, how to take care of their families and other issues that help to develop their families. Days of women wasting their time with gossip are long gone, it is time for women to start thinking of doing things that will help to empower them,” said the first lady.
In his remarks, the Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi said the administration of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is keen to promote the welfare of women in the country.
The Director General for MBC, Aubrey Sumbuleta, expressed gratitude to the first couple for supporting Zokonda Amai Macheza programme which is making a great impact and changing lives of many people that surround these women.
“In 2016, Zokonda Amayi Macheza was commemorated at Kamuzu Palace. In 2017 Zokonda Amayi Macheza was at Sanjika Palace. And this year, the President and the First Lady have taken us to one of the beautiful hotels at Nkopola in Mangochi. As MBC, we are thankful to the President and the First Lady for their support towards women in the country,” said Sumbuleta.
Director General Aubrey Sumbuleta, First Lady Prof Gertrude Mutharika and Hon Nicholas dausi hands over a dummy cheque to the Chairperson of Zokonda Amayi Kasungu One Chapter Abiti Umali
This year’s Zokonda Amayi Macheza winners are Kasungu One, which were awarded a trophy and a sum of one and half million Kwacha. The group also won the golden opportunity to go and dine with the First cCouple at the state house. Coming 2nd was Kapiri Zokonda Amai women and they received MK1 Million and a trophy. On 3rd position was Mponela women from Dowa and they went away with MK750,000.00 and a trophy as well. On position four was Domasi women and they pocketed half a million Kwacha and a trophy.
During the event, the First Lady participating in a netball game, in which Lilongwe Zokonda Amayi women played against Zomba Zokonda Amayi. During the game, the First Lady scored two baskets. Other sporting activities that took place during this year’s Zokonda Amayi Macheza included a tag of war, beach soccer, dancing competition, Miss Matofotofo and Miss Slim competitions among several other activities enjoyed at the annual event.
This year’s Zokonda Amayi Macheza came simultaneously with Mother’s Day celebrations.