Organisers of the annual cultural festival of the Mlakho wa Alhomwe have pushed forward the celebrations to the first week of November.
The move is meant to give members of the group to mourn their departed national chairperson late Ambassador Bright Mangulama who died on 10 August 2015 after collapsing at his home at Green Corner Blantyre.
Mlakho wa Alhomwe is a Lhomwe ethnic grouping and its annual celebrations are usually held during the last week of October every year at Chonde grounds in Mulanje district.
According to the chief executive officer for the group Mutchanakhwaye Mpuluka, it would be disrespectful to hold the celebrations a month after the demise of their father.
“As you might be aware that we have just bid farewell to our national chairperson who was a pioneer for the formation of our group so we have shifted it to November in honour of his spirit,” said Mpuluka.
He however said preparations to this year’s festival are on course and Malawians who appreciates culture will enjoy this year`s celebration than any other.
“There are a lot of unique things that are to take place on the day and as I speak everything in relation to the preparations it’s in place.” added Mpuluka.