MZIHA Cancels This Years Umthetho Due to Covid-19
The Mzimba Heritage Association has shelved this year’s Ngoni Umtheto gathering due to the surge in Covid19 cases that the country is registering.
The Associations General Secretary Moses Mkandawire said Thursday this is to stem further spread of the novel corona virus as the festival pools together a lot of people.
However, Mkandawire says the decision has the blessing of the Ngoni chief’s council.
He adds that the festival might come back next year if the pandemic will be under control.
"We have noted the rising cases of covid19 as the numbers are increasing day in day out so with the blessing of the chiefs council we have cancelled this year’s Umtheto festival,” said Mkandawire.
He further said this year festival would have discussed issues of child labor, early marriages, migration and other issues that affect the people of Mzimba .
The yearly gathering is held at the foot of Hora Mountain.
Mzimba district has so far registered over 400 Covid19 cases with 5 deaths since June.
The country's President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has implored Gods intervention through three days of fasting and prayer while people continue to adhere to measures such as mandatory use of facemasks and sanitizing hands regularly aimed at halting the further spread of the pandemic.