Chakufwa Chihana remains to be reburied at heroes acre: Malawi pro-democracy hero

Remains of modern day fierce and aggressive freedom fighter Chakufwa Tom Chihana is likely to be exhumed from where it is buried and be reburied close to Rose Chibambo’s grave which is designated as heroes acre.

Chihana's abandoned grave in Mzuzu

Chihana’s abandoned grave in Mzuzu

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

Mzuzu City Council officials have confided with Nyasa Times that Chihana will be reburied at the new heroes acre.

Chihana’s tiny grave in the city of Mzuzu behind Reserve Bank of Malawi 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 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.

An official from the council who asked not to be named because the council has not yet consulted family members of late Chihana, a trade unionist turned politician, said the land where Chihana is buried is grossly encroached and can no longer bury another hero.

“Apart of the land has been sold to an Indian, the rest is encroached disqualifying it to be a heroes acre. “

He said the land where Chibambo was buried was identified just a few days before her burial on Saturday and government officials agreed that it should be the heroes acre for the north Malawi.

Livingstonia Synod general secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo gave the government an ultimatum of one year to develop fully the new heroes acre, saying heroes cannot be resting at a bushy abandoned looking place.

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

The late Chihana, is also among 37 individuals and organisations from 24 countries that were awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award since 1984. He got his award in 1992.

On 6 April 1992, Chakufwa Tom 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.

This will be the second time that government will have a state funded reburial activity after mid 1990s when Aaron Gadama, Dick Matenje, Twaibu Sangala and Mr Chiwanga bodies were exhumed and reburied after the then president Bakili Muluzi ordered a decent burial for the three former senior cabinet ministers and a member of parliament.

 

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22 thoughts on “Chakufwa Chihana remains to be reburied at heroes acre: Malawi pro-democracy hero”

  1. The Partriot says:

    Wisdom dictates that there are somethings we cannot change, no matter ho much we try! The fact remains Chakufwa Chihana was a multiparty democracy icon in Malawi and deserves to be a true Malawian hero and one of the greatest sons of the North. Some people may be blinded by their malignant hatred of Northerners but no matter how the oppressor tries to oppress us, Northerners will never be broken. History will show, Kamuzu tried to control the North by among other things chasing teachers from the North back home but now Kamuzu is no more and the North still stands . Bingu tried and made the infamous Mzuzu corner speech, but Northerners have outlived him. The moral of the story is the more a government or a ruling tribe tries to oppress us, the more we prosper just like the jews in Egypt! If Jah is for us nothing will stop us. For the bigots out there who have sucked hatred for Northerners from their bigot parents, please get a life there is more to life than habouring hate for other tribes!!!

  2. 2016 welcome says:

    Mwa mmodzi mwa anthu ananamiza dziko la Malawi kuti multiparty ndi yabwino pano tikulakalaka kubwerera nthawi ya Kamuzu. Udangobweretsa corruption ndi mzako chair.

  3. A.M.K. says:

    osapanga nkhwidzi nkhwidzi chihana anali munthu wa chikulile m’malawi muno,ine ndine wa chigawo chapakati koma chakufwa chihana sanali munthu wamba ai ndalama zamisonkhoyathu zigwire ntchito, kwa late chakufwa chihana {from nkhotakota}

  4. kk says:

    Where was Chihana in the 70s and 80s before the lion lost some teeth? Chihana was just an opportunist who took advantage of the pastoral letter. If Chihana is a hero that means Lucius Banda is also a hero. Because he released the album Mabala and it helped to the spread the message to the masses despite being banned.Osamakokomeza chifukwa inafe tinalipo.

  5. Mediater says:

    Osakangogula matumba atatu a kumanga cement bwanji kumangilanso? Ine zona kumagubuduzika ndi njala? Bwanji mutasamala kaye ine? 4 better future development

  6. Mediater says:

    Pepani kuno kumpoto kwachuluka ufiti

  7. Amnodzebwalebwibwa. says:

    Anthu amene mukupereka ma comments apa onyoza anthu akumpoto ndinu opusa ,zitsiru ,Mwayiwala kale kuti olo ndi gogo wanu panalibe modzi omuyamba kamuzu.lero muli mu timaudindo tanu mwayamba kunyoza.Zitsiru nonse mwamva,mfiti zodya njoka,Agalu odya masanzi awo.Ndikufunseni kuti kodi mpumulo wabata anamanga ndani?mesa ndi ndalama zakuba za mboma.lero mukuyikapo asilikali kuti azigadira mitembo iwiriyo chonsecho mukuwalipira ndalama za misonkho zanthu.Nde ife tikaynkhula kuti mboma limanga chiliza chabwino cha Chihana tikulakwisa?Asankhwi ozikonda inu koma azikangadira mpumulo wa bata asilikali ndi zomwe mukufuna ?Mukuwona ngati azuka?Athakati inu.mimburu,akhwiritoto,abwmpini,ndikumvenisoni apa.Ndikulodzani muwona,musandukapo Majoti apa..Fotseki,mwandikwiyisa,kungokhala ngati ndalamazo ndi za amanu bwanji?kapena mutenga mnthumba bwanji.Chipani chanu chovundachi tsiku lina chizatuluka mboma,chipani chakupha,chakuba,chozunza.izooooooo,boma lazikanikaso,sizikuwayendera ,zinthu zawabalalikira izoooo..Ndipitiliza mawa ndipume kaye.

  8. Dr kanyeremuka says:

    zofuna moyo zoti sizingathekeso komwe ,its nonsense

  9. kk says:

    Kikikikiki. Atumbuka woyyeeeeee!!!!!! kukonda za ulele. Mukundiwuza kuti Chihana alibe ana amene angalembe aganyu olo atatu ndikusamalira mandawa?No wonder athuwa kwawo kuli kosalila. Safuna kutukula kwawo kumangodalira boma basi.Ife kuno ku Mangochi timatukula tokha boma limatisatila chifukwa cha chidwi. Atumbuka woyyyyeeee. Mpoto woyeeeeee!!!!!!!Kikikikii

  10. Mlowe boy says:

    All who comment negatives are stupid . You want northerners when you are in problems . stupid all of you . Lets us alone . When we advocate for federation you always cry thieves , akapolo inu

  11. Tchena tchena says:

    MUYENDELA YOFUKULA MARILO OMWEWO. CHIYANI AND MANY OTHERS ARE GONE. FOCUS TODAY AND TOMORROW.

  12. levelheaded says:

    You mean fighting Kamuzu in the late 90s? Ife mkuti titayamba kale kuwakutumula makofi ma chairman. A country cannot have heroes more than 10. Ndiye mukuwuphweketsatu.

  13. Namila says:

    You mean Chihana junior cannot look after his father’s graveyard? Ordinary Malawians do tend their families graveyard all the time. Please lets not leave everything to this already ailing government!

  14. fex says:

    Call it/them political acres not heros acres. It seems that only politicians are considered as heros in Malawi. Where did we bury the guy who composed the national anthem, or matafale, or Inkosi Gomani 1, or Inkosi Mbelwa 2, or Allan Namoko, or Jolly Max Ntaba Sr, Clifton Msiya, Harry Waya, etc, etc. What is the difference between Chihana and Chasowa? Both of them had opposing views from the ruling clique. Who decides who a hero is in Malawi? Politicians? Not all of us are politicians and in any case, they contribute nothing to the Nation except looting our taxes. Heroes my foot!

  15. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Penapake atumbukafe ndife anthu ochititsa manyazi kwambiri. Why burying a person like Chihana by the roadside yet he had a village where he came from where he would be gracefully buried among his kinsfolk? Mandela was world famous unlike Chihana yet he was buried far far away from Jo’burg in the remotest part of SA because it is where he came from? Wake up Tumbukas, Chihana came to show the way. Let’s stand up and walk it into the future instead of sitting back and be dreaming of the past. Chihana will never come back again. He is gone for good but we can learn from his legacy not exhuming this and reburying that. Get a life Tumbukas.

  16. Talking rubbish or commenting rubbish will not make U clever let us respect our heroes…..from north to south… regardless of fucking reason U r putting here…….

  17. Kanyimbi says:

    These people from the North do not fear graves, they have encroached the grave and they want Chihana to be reburried? who will bear the cost?

  18. Likoma Economist says:

    I’ve said this before: we’re busy investing in the dead – wasting billions bulding “mipumulo ya batha”for questionable heros; while millions of kids still learn under trees.

    Have you seen the grave of J.F. Kenedy or William Shakespear? Please google them. Here are very rich country who invest in human capital and not the dead – regardless of the contributions the dead made to their countries or the world. Yet a pathetically poor nation spends billions on graves!

  19. Fwentherani says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, inu atumbuka, ndimayesa ndinu anzeru, mukhalira kufukula maliro, kkkkkkkkkkkiest. Kodi ndifodya wanji mwayamba kusuta wanyithu, zikudabwitsatu

  20. peter chimbwandira says:

    How many hero Acre’s are we building in Malawi…. Are politicians only hero’s or hero ness in malawi…lets define heros please..what about the hero’s acres in Lilongwe… Which is which….it is becoming confusing Kamuzu was a hero and those who fought with are also hero’s which z which my Malawi…we have too many problems becoz of these so called hero’s…what major thing did they did please help

  21. So Malawi is not poor but it is being lead by people who have no vision for the country and hence mismanaging the economy by spending it on either wrong priorities or irrelevant things.

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