By Alfred Mthandizi
The Ngoni 2017 Cultural Event, Umthetho will this year take place on 12th August, event organisers have confirmed to Malawi Star. Organising Committee Chairperson, Dr. Victor Madhlopa said the function this year will indeed take place on 12th August however, Madhlopa said the function will be preceded with women and youth conference.
“Things will be completely different this year. All along, Ngoni’s has been coming and holding Umthetho just for a day and then off they went, but this year things are different. What will happen is that there will be women conferences which will go back to back with youth conference, the idea is that we want to benefit our women and youth at the end of the ceremony.” said Madhlopa.
According to Dr. Madhlopa, some of the take home messages during the conferences will include Gender Based Violence, Women Economic Empowerment, End Child Marriage, Women Participation in Decision Making and Women Access to Land. Dr. Madhlopa said the budget for this year’s event is pegged at K30Million.
“Since we are expecting about 2,500 to 5,000 women and youths from all ten traditional authority areas, of the whole district, our budget can’t be the same. That is why we are calling for the well-wishers to assist us both in cash and kind so that both the conference and the Umthetho becomes a success.” said Dr. Madhlopa.
The proposed theme for this year’s ceremony is women and culture ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere