New Minister Chazama sworn in As Mutharika questions some harmful cultural practices

Cecelia Chazama
Cecelia Chazama: being sworn in

President Peter Mutharika yesterday swore in the newly appointed appointed minister of civic education, culture and community development Cecelia Chazama at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe

But in his speech, the Malawi leader also took time to question some of what he described as “harmful” cultural practices if the country was to make strides in development. Expanding on this, Mutharika gave examples of the harmful practices like Kulowa Kufa which he said has encouraged the spread of the HIV Aids in Malawi. “Customs that promote unity and help us to deal with problems we face in our societies ought to be encouraged, cultural practices that are harmful and slow down development will take us nowhere,” said the president.

In welcoming the new minister to his cabinet, Mutharika urged her to refrain from corruption activities and also asked her to be at the forefront of helping the country do away with the harmful cultural practices. Chazama has replaced Mulanje Central member of parliament Patricia Kaliati who was fired weeks ago.