By Pachalo Gondwe
Mzimba, December 31, Mana: Paramount Chief M’mbelwa V of Mzimba celebrated the birth day of his wife, her Majesty Inkosikazi by among other things climbing Hora Mountain where the Ngonis of Mzimba hold their annual cultural event dubbed Umuthetho.
He said the couple decided to climb to the top of the mountain to experience cool breeze as one of the events to mark the birth day celebration.
Commenting on the development, Vice Secretary for Mzimba Heritage Association (MZIHA), Kingsley Jere said what the point chief clearly indicated that the site was a potential tourist attraction centre.
“We are currently working on our plans to turn Hora Mountain which is in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chindi in Mzimba into a fully equipped tourism attraction centre,” he said.
Jere said to start with MZIHA would employ a tour guide who would be taking care of the site and guiding tourists who may to visit and climb the mountain.
“It is high time local and international tourists started visiting Hora Mountain. We will make the place more attractive so that In the end result we generate through tourism activities. What the Paramount Chief and her Majesty Inkosikazi have done has set a pace in recommending this site as a tourist centre,” he added.
Director of Planning and Development for M’mbelwa District Council Director, Precious Kantsitsi said tourism Industry was one of key areas that can economically lead to transformation of Mzimba as stipulated in the District’s Development Plan (DDP).
He said the mountain has all the necessary potential of becoming a tourist attraction site because it preserves the rich cultural heritage of Mzimba and the Ngonis.
Kantsitsi said the cultural heritage of the Ngoni would be preserved for the younger generations to come as most people would be visiting the site to learn and appreciate the Ngoni Language and culture thereby putting Mzimba and Malawi on global map.
“There will be activities besides Umuthetho that tourists both within and outside the country will be patronizing. Most importantly, this will help to generate revenue for the council and central government,” he stated.