Mutharika gets expensive poppy: Drums support for war veterans

President Peter Mutharika has in the spirit of showing support for local veterans of World War I and II, bought a Puppy flower at value of K1.5 million as he launch 2015 Poppy Day.

Nurse putting a poppy on Mutharika a voluntary symbol of support

Nurse putting a poppy on Mutharika a voluntary symbol of support

Mutharika with a surviving war veteran

Mutharika with a surviving war veteran

Mutharika spotting his poppy

Mutharika spotting his poppy

Mutharika was meeting with some retired war veterans at Kamuzu Palace on Monday evening on the occasion of the 2015 Poppy Day Inauguration ceremony.

“Am very glad to buy this Poppy flower today, it must be the most expensive puppy I have ever bought because I have a cheque here of K1.5 million for the poppy” he disclosed at the end of his speech.

The small paper flower is worn to honour the men and women who risk their lives in service for the country.

The Remembrance Day or Armistice Day (11 November) is commemorated in remembrance of the noble and gallant fallen heroes of the First and Second World Wars fought between 1914 – 1918 and 1939 – 1945. In Malawi the day falls on Sunday of the second week of months of November.

Following this inauguration ceremony, people will wear the ‘remembrance’ red poppy two weeks prior to the Day and is being sold to raise funds to support all war veterans. Red is a colour of blood and symbolizes sacrifice which also reflected on the colour of Malawian flag.

“With great delight today I lead Malawians and encourage them to do something in support of the war veterans by buying the poppy flowers.” Appealed President Mutharika who is also a Commander In-Chief of the Malawi Defense Force

“The red poppy has been worn since 1921, this implies that we should not take peace for granted because throughout most of the human history, the norm for most of mankind has been resorting to war as a means of solving conflicts which in the end causes human suffering.

“At certain times, war is the price of securing the peace we deserve. We shall therefore remember the fallen heroes who gave their lives to answer the call of peace. Indeed, their names shall always be glorified and their souls shall strengthen our strife for peace,” said Mutharika.

He then commend the Commonwealth Ex-Service League of Malawi (CELOM) members and all people of goodwill who have continuously given moral and general support to the war veterans in Malawi.

At the beginning of inaugural ceremony, there was Prayer for the Fallen Heroes.

Commonwealth countries remember War veterans on 11th November. Poppy wreaths are often laid at war memorials and a minute of silence is observed during Service of remembrance at the eleventh hour of the day as that marks the time when the armistice became effective.

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12 thoughts on “Mutharika gets expensive poppy: Drums support for war veterans”

  1. ZIKWI says:


  2. RayAnne says:

    Achibale, when the Pres donates this kind of money, in comparison to his current salary, please tell me where he is getting that kind of cash?

  3. Steven Malamba says:

    Whatever reasons there were for going to war, our living legends deserve everybody’s financial and Material support. Thanks to the President for the gesture. But may I appeal to the organizers that next time they are launching the Poppy Day at the State House, they should also be inviting corporations and small companies to be in attendance. They would be surprised with how these companies would donate in the presence of the Head of State. Surely if this were the case, millions of kwachas would be raised at one function only. Believe me!!

  4. becks says:

    Foolish Africans. Europeans that fought in Ww1 and WW2 were handsomely awarded and compeseted. Some of these were given money to acquire land in Africa including Malawi. The tea estates you see in Malawi

  5. mapwevupwevu says:

    Nkhondo ya azungu yopanda ntchito!

  6. ndizazi zimenezi nkhondozo sizinkatikhuza olo mutawafunsa anamenya nkhondowo zifukwazomwe zidayambitsa sangafotokoze

  7. chibwatiko says:

    Buyibg it 1.5 mil just indicates the rral value of devalued kwachz. By the way where does he get that much. Tasonkherana a Malawi through task and one wonders how it gets into big pockets. Kenaka amabwera ndukupatsani zili zathu zomwe. Umphawi ndi illiterancy ena akulemetelapo.

  8. crazy stuff says:

    The vetran im the picture lools like a maskini

  9. Justice says:

    I do not think WWI veterans are still around

  10. Tute says:

    It is remembered on the Sunday that is closest to 10th November.

  11. Jon says:

    The red poppy does not symbolism war and bloodshed. Actually it symbolizes the opposite – the celebration of life and the life that thrived after the battle- worn fields of Europe. The red poppy was the first life to blossom in these fields immediately after the war.

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