The Malawi leader was speaking in Balaka when he made a stopover to greet Lhomwes and Yaos who were attending their cultural meeting. The President and the First Lady were travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre.
In his remarks to the gathering, President Mutharika said that cultural groups play an important role in the promotion of culture.
During the occasion, the Mulhako Wa Alhomwe cultural grouping unveiled Leston Mulli as its newly appointed National Chairperson for its Board of Trustees.
In his introduction of the new Chairperson, the Lhomwe top chief, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said the appointment of Mulli as the new head of the cultural grouping will ensure a strong drive towards the activities of the organisation.
Ngolongoliwa however called upon all the Lhomwes to support the new National Chairperson.
In his acceptance speech Mulli said he plans to get the Mulhako Wa Alhomwe to greater heights for the good of all Lhomwes in the country.
Also present at the ceremony were some members of the board of trustees for Mulhako Wa Alhomwe, regional chairpersons for the grouping from all the regions. Besides, Senior Chief Sawali and Tradional Authority Msamala from Balaka who also attended the event.
Lhomwe tribe is made up of numerous sub-tribes such as Anyamwelho, Amakuwa, Anahito, Amihavani, Amaratha, Amalokotela, Akokhola, Ameto and others. It is a tribe that had gone through heavy Cultural Revolution over the years since their migration from Portuguese East Africa, now called Mozambique.