The President was speaking on Saturday during the celebration of Umthetho cultural festival of the Mzimba Ngonis at the foot of Hora Mountain in the district.
The Malawi leader said cultural festivities such as Umthetho are key in the promotion of cultural and traditional values which each tribe is identified with.
Professor Mutharika then urged Malawians to only promote cultures and traditions which have the potential in strengthening development.
“Let me urge all Malawians to be promoting dynamic cultural practices which are relevant to the enhancement of patriotism, hard work and integrity,” said President Mutharika.
Professor Mutharika also appealed to Malawians to love one another and desist from practices which fuel hatred, a thing which he said is counterproductive to the development of the country.
He then thanked Mzimba Chiefs and their subjects for their determination in preserving their culture.
Speaking earlier, Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V, thanked President Mutharika for supporting the Umthetho Cultural Festival and his availability at the event which he described as a great honour for the Ngonis.
“It is an encouragement to traditional leaders and their subjects when the Head of State supports initiatives aimed at preserving cultural practices and traditions,” he said.
He said people of Mzimba realize the role which cultural practices play in the development of socio-economic development of the country.
M’mbelwa, however expressed concern that as much as there are efforts to impart cultural values in the youths, most of them continue to migrate to South Africa and return when their worthiness has been lost.
He then asked M’mbelwa District Council to collaborate with traditional leaders in the district on the formulation of by-laws to arrest the practice.
Umthetho is one of the country’s main cultural festivals.