Aford to observe ‘Chihana Day’ quietly

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has said this year it will observe April 6 dubbed ‘Chihana Day’ quietly in honour of Malawi’s hero of multiparty democracy Chakufwa Tom Chihana.

Chakufwa Tom Chihana is a name that is associated with multiparty politics of Malawi

Chakufwa Tom Chihana is a name that is associated with multiparty politics of Malawi

Aford calls April 6 ‘Chihana Day’ in remembrance of April 6 1992 when Chihana walked into the den of lions when he landed at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) and openly did the unthinkable. He challenged the entrenched Kamuzu Banda’s 31-year-old autocratic rule under the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Effectively, he put into motion, with others, a movement that saw the feared MCP regime crumble; hence entered into the annals of history as one of the founding fathers of Malawi’s multipartyism.

Chihana died in June 2006.

Aford said this year the day falls on Easter Monday and they would observe it quietly.

“There will be no special commemorations but it will be observed,” said Chihana’s son Enock Chihana, who is Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president and member of Parliament (MP) for Rumphi Central Constituency.

Meanwhile, Chihana’s tiny grave in the city of Mzuzu remains a desolate, abandoned site despite earlier government promises to erect a mausoleum befitting the fallen trade union, human rights activist and served as the country’s second vice-president.

The administration of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika pledged to construct a mausoleum. And after Bingu’s death, his successor, Joyce Banda also said the structure would be built.

But now the grave has a faded Chihana portrait hanging under a falling roof, marked with untrimmed flowers, overgrown grass, and heavy dust settling on the unguarded grave, conjuring an eerie image, especially at night.

The grave stands in mockery of the state-of-the-art national mausoleum befitting a former Second Vice-President.

Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa said government has since submitted the drawings and the designs of the mausoleum on how it should look like to the Department of Economic planning and Development “to evaluate everything”.

Former president Bakili Muluzi in 2014 donated K1 million (about $2 000) towards the upgrading of the grave site of Chihana.

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41 thoughts on “Aford to observe ‘Chihana Day’ quietly”

  1. Kanyimbi says:

    So where did the MK 1,000,000.00 go? You mean the southerners donated money for the graveyard and you squandered the money? At the same time you despise the southerners. Pa mtumbo panu ndithu.

  2. CHEWA NATIONAL PARTY says:

    Whatever you cry for stl the Chewa people made Malawi. Malawi belong to the Chewa people

  3. ngangula says:

    Let’s respsct what he did to we Malawians

  4. Fisi mphiri says:

    Kodi agalu ena inu munabadwa bwanji?anamanga chiliza cha kamuzu ndi ndani?anabwezera mayina a kamuzu malo osiyana siyana anali ndani?nchifukwa chani mumadana ndi Alomwe?panyapanu pa ambuyanu mufune musafune mlomweyo ndi amene akulamula unless mumuloze even mutatero atumbuka simuzalamula dziko in million yearz to come!

  5. The Patriot says:

    Chihana was a Malawian hero and he deserves better than this kind of treatment, anyway time will come when people will realize that a hero is a hero no matter where he comes from!!

  6. chosatheka says:

    hero, hero wachani? What is there to show that he was a hero????

  7. Inkosi skelele Afrika says:

    Rest in Peace Hero Simbiyamoto Chakufwa Chihana.Many have the freedom to make noise these days because of your courage and sacrifice for Malawians to be free people.

  8. Really says:

    Ngati timalephera tokha kukamanga nyumba kwathu tiri moyo busy kugula ma plot kwa eni how can we remember our hero. Let’s get Organize as northerners and do something to our fallen hero.

  9. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    ecvery ane Malawian knows that the true heroes of multipartyism in Malawi anali ma Catholic Bishops motsogozedwa ndi Late arch Episcope James Chiona. Catholics in the country have never made noise about him or claiming holidays. Chakufwa was strong yes but he came here ridding on the back of the Cathilics’ pastoral letter.

  10. acn says:

    The stadium in Lilongwe should be named after him. “CHIHANA FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL STADIUM” I don’t want to hear something like Bingu br…brrrrrr.Bingu was the architect of cashgate, dictator., nepotistic and selfish.

  11. Mpoto weni weni says:

    Acheku cheku nzeru mulibe munangokula ngati matako a njovu opanda phwindu

  12. adawaza says:

    He is the only true multiparty fighter in Malawi not these machende alhomwe wa. What is mulhakho zitsiru inu. Anthu amene anavutikila malawi ndi ma northerners ndi ma southerners who were u by then??

  13. Mazaza says:

    Chihana true son of the north and a malawian freedom fighter i respect you tata continue resting in peace

  14. Jelbin mk says:

    He is one of the few heroes we have ever had in this country no question about that not this professor of graffiti

  15. CHEKUCHEKU says:

    Kodi Nkhani Ya Fedral Ili Pati? Ife Tikuifuna2 Or Kungopanga Secceshon Imakambidwayo. Timafuna Anthu Akumpotowa Ayambe Apita Kwao Akapangitse Ma Passport Kuti Tiwalore Kwathu Ku Mmwera Kuno. Amatikwana Kwambiri Ndipo Sitimakondwa Nawo. Ndiodzikonda. Afford Ilipobe Kodi? Mtsogoleri Wao Ndani? Zizeleza Za Kumpoto Mudzingotsatila Ife. Tidzikuuzani Who The Next Leader Is. Fotsekkkkkkkkkk!

    1. chapix says:

      Mavi yanyoko iwe

    2. King Jaffe Joffer says:

      You sound like a STD 2 dropout.

  16. Mahomwa Mhango says:

    I respect CHIHANA than Erect President and this is the time for Mpotolanders to think twice we are forgeting Big People who fought for Us eg Orton Chirwa,Machipisa Munthali,Dunduzu Chisiza,Yatuta Chisiza, Mukwapatira Mhango etc

    Thise shows all Mpotolanders we are cowards our grandfathers suffered for us and why we forget the direct History of Northern Malawi that Chipozga is ours everything that we have etc Urenium, Coal, Oil, etc must benefit our CHIPOZWA

  17. che misi says:

    A Bingu akanamanga bwanji pamene anali busy kuzimangira Mpumulo wa bata

    1. odalla gracian. says:

      Che Misi mukuoneka kuti nzeru mulibe Amene anamanga Chiliza cha Kamuzu anali Joyce kapena Bakili? Ndale zanu zausiru.Poti ndiwe wa PP bwanji Joyce banda sanamange?iwe ndi kape kwambiri .why umalimbana ndi Munthalika Family paja ndi ntundu osayamika uja eti.

  18. bibo says:

    The story is about( heroChihana)not president
    Rip chihana.

  19. MICHAEL says:

    chihana ndi hero osati enawa kukapainter ku prison eti pali zeru apa.

  20. jupiter says:

    Northerners always leaking the back of some peoples feet, munali kuti osachita observe zaka zonsezi?.
    simudzachangamuka
    NOSENSE

  21. zigzagg says:

    indeed chihana needs to be honoured n respected since he came openely to attack mcp regiem he is a man of mandetion n true democratic son of malawi

  22. yambone says:

    This commemoration makes more sense than graffiti painting

  23. Marumbo Mtawali says:

    Munganyauyu mwabale wane.

  24. OMEGA BEMA says:

    If chihana was from south or central region

  25. chaiwone wawo says:

    People like Chihana are the real heroes of malawi not the cartoon that was writing graffite on prison walls. We need a rememberance day for chihana and not the criminal peter mutharika who wanted to snatch power from JB illigally.

  26. chalera M. says:

    Ine zomatamandira Bingu zimandinyasa tiyeni tizitamanda Chihana ndi Muluzi

  27. ujeni says:

    Chakufwa Chihana, genuin freedim fighter, a man who put his life to the sword for Malawi to have multiparty and democracy, not the Hyenas we see today who came to eat the carcas of the animal which has already been killed by true warriors.

  28. phiri la dzunje says:

    point of collection Arbert Andrew Muwalo Ng’umayo was not one of the sons from the north he was a true son of the cental from Ntcheu district.

  29. nyungwa says:

    He was a real man, challenging Kamuzu was like inviting death on your door step

  30. nyungwa says:

    indeed he did a good job that deserves recognition

  31. Wachimalawi says:

    Well instead of waiting for the goverment, why not the AFORD members collectively do something about this.

  32. Patriot says:

    Nanga si ndalama mulibe.
    Munakakhala m’boma, bwenzi mutaononga chuma cha boma ngati mmene atachitire a DPP.
    Akutinso azakhazikitsa holiday kikikiki

  33. Wanakabaghe says:

    Awa ndiwo wanthu not mbuzi yinu iyo yayi. Nakumbuka chipimpha mwee pala mwanena vya chakufwa! Rip chihana, rip mzeye morton

  34. Mweneeee says:

    Infact, instead of celebrating bingu, it could have been chihana and this could have made sense to the people of Malawi

    1. charles says:

      anthu ena mumangolakhulapo. kodi kupanda chihana munali ndani makape inu? enanu mumatengera ndale koma chihana amayenera kulandira ulemu basi.

  35. Hendricks says:

    It’s a pity that people like chihana are not being looked after even if they are not with us. He is the father of multiparty democracy and no questions asked! Chihana,Orton chirwa,yatuta&dunduzu chisiza,kanyama chiume,aleke bands,muwaro,matchipisa munthali and other sons of the north are my heroes. never Painted prisons but formed m.c.p. And fought the British to free Malawi but today some sick minds says mcp is for chewas! How stupid. Rest in peace dada chihana noone had the balls to tell kamuzu to fuck off except you everyone was running away and pretended to be some useless professor in u.s.a while you sucrificed your life for us it’s a shame this is how you are being thanked by some ungrateful leaders of that country they call Malawi.

  36. Sangwani Mkandawire says:

    Comment sadakayi ikhale yachilungamo iyafikireso anthu akumangoche,nsanje,mulanje ndi mwanza.mpunga,nyama ndi fanta wake awafikire dziko liikire umboni kt enock waganiza bwino

  37. indoda isizibonela, says:

    He is a hero,Peter and bingu are not, teacher amassing $ 8.2 million? And some dead but walking malawians amakhulupilira? Peter before being president was just some poor law professor,mbuli za dpp musazayambireso kubakira bakha wanuyi

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