President Peter Mutharika on Friday visited the grave of Dunduzu Chisiza who was one of the nationalist freedom fighters during the struggle for self rule some 60 years ago.
Mutharika said Malawians should be proud of people like Chisiza who agitated for change of governance by speaking out for the voiceless without fear.
“Just the thought that in the formative years of our nation we had in our midst an astute writer, political and economic thinker gives us great enlightenment and pride of where we belong as a people. Chisiza and many others made sure that voices of the minority were well represented albeit in a regime that limited many freedoms for its citizenry,” said Mutharika.
The President said that his government will ensure that all people who have contributed to the nation’s birth and growth are accorded the respect and value they deserve within the social fabric of the country.
“All our heroes will continue receiving the honour they deserve in the annals of our history archives,” said the Malawi leader.
Chisiza – a known writer, political and economic thinker – played a critical role in policy matters as Nyasaland was metamorphosing into a new country known as Malawi.
In the short time of his prominence during the late 50s and early 60s, Chisiza gained enormous respect in the West for his intellect, energy and pioneering ideas. In July 1962 he hosted an economic development symposium, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, at which authorities from around the world presented papers on African and Malawian development.
He himself gave a presentation warning of the dangers of dictatorship in emerging African countries. Among his publications was a paper entitled “Africa – What Lies Ahead?”, published by the African-American Institute, New York, in 1962.
Chisiza prominence, however, made him cross paths with founding president Kamuzu Banda who saw the young man as a political threat. It was rumoured that the differences between the two made Chisiza contemplate of forming an opposition party together with the likes of Masauko Chipembere. Unfortunately, all Kamuzu’s enemies were either jailed, killed or sent to exile within the same time.
Dunduzu Chisiza officially died in “a road accident” at Thondwe in Zomba in 1964. Many elders of the time believe Dunduzu was killed by the Malawi Congress Party as Kamuzu Banda consolidated power and silenced threats to his rule.
President Mutharika worked with Malawians who escaped into exile from atrocities of the Malawi Congress Party in the 60s.
Relief to flood victims
Mutharika also met people whose property was destroyed by floods months ago where he donated K5 million to alleviate their problems.
He advised them to relocate to upper land and plant more trees to avoid a repeat of last year’s disaster.
“Let us plant forests along the rivers to stop the flooding of the rivers. Let us plant many trees to combat effects of climate change,” he said.
He later assured them of continued government support in their dire times.
“Government is here to support you. We will always support you and we will always be with you. As your President, I will always be with you,” said he.
President Mutharika outlined to people of Karonga a number of projects his government is undertaking in the Northern Region.
For people of Karonga, government will upgrade the road to Songwe border to facilitate commerce and trade.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :