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The predominance of Lhomwe people in the government hierarchy raises doubts about Mutharika's nationalism

The star attraction of the Lhomwe cultural festival last month was President Bingu wa Mutharika: his presence reflects his growing use of his own ethnic identity to mobilise political support. The festival was held in the village of Chonde in the Mulanje District of southern Malawi. This is close to the Mozambican border, over which the Lhomwe people migrated in the course of the last two centuries and across which chiefs Mutharika, Nasiyaya, Mpeni and Khoromana came for this celebration.

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Bingu wa Mutharika, Mozambican, Nasiyaya, Mpeni, Khoromana, Brightson Webster Thom, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Bakili Muluzi, Ethnic favouritism, Patricia Kaliati, Anna Kachikho, George Chaponda, Richie Muheya, A. Peter Mutharika, Alex Nampota, Peter Mukhito, Anastasia Msosa, Charles Matabwa, Edward Sawerengera, Joseph Mwanamvekha, Lovemore Munlo, Jane Ansah, Leston Mulli, Felton Mulli, Gwanda Chakuamba, Neglecting the north, Harry Mkandawire, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Mulhako wa Alhomwe, Mulhako, Mgwirizano