SADC to honour Kamuzu as founding father

SADC has directed its Secretariat to find a mechanism of bestowing honour to its founding fathers who met in Lusaka, Zambia on 1stApril 1980 to establish the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), precursor to SADC, after a series of consultations by representatives of the Frontline States to forge closer alliance.

Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda

Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda

“Summit directed the Secretariat to develop a mechanism to honour the legacy of the SADC Founding Fathers, to be submitted for consideration at the next Ordinary Summit,” said SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax reading from a communiqué.

The honours will target leaders of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Former Malawi first President Hastings Kamuzu Banda represented Malawi at that maiden meeting and will be honoured.

Among the nine founding fathers who cobbled the SADC we have today, only Zimbabwean President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda may receive the honours in person.

As expected SADC made the decision after taking a cue for Mugabe, who as one of the remaining older statesmen usually sets the agenda and path for SADC.

During his farewell speech as SADC outgoing Chairperson Mugabe at the 35th Summit of Heads of State and Government implored on leaders to the founding fathers.

He noted that nothing has been done to pay tribute to those that sacrificed and dedicated their lives to the ideals of attaining political freedom and deepening regional integration.

“Let us remember those that have endowed us with this legacy. This could be in the form of something. Can’t we have a fund in their honour?” Mugabe is quoted as saying.

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39 thoughts on “SADC to honour Kamuzu as founding father”

  1. obwande says:

    No any other Hero in Malawi apart from Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.Those who say Hastings was from Ghana are myopic and stupid.You are enjoying what he did yet you talk nonsense.

  2. nyausikizi says:

    comment number 31 you think through your nose.where has your multi-partyism taken you to? dictatorship was the best for Malawi only that we chased the Britons too soon.

  3. Stanley Malambo says:

    The struggle for African unity must be revamped. It is inevitable that Africa remains divided amidst the many contributionso to unite it spearheaded by the founding fathers of most nations including Kamuzu Banda (I don’t care whether he is a Malawian or Ghanan in as long as he is an African). It is devastating to learn that the tireless efforts championed by the visionary leaders in their quest to unite Africa are going down the drain to the benefit of imperialist and monopoly capital. The legacy of divide and rule orchestrated by our former oppressors is undeniably taking its toll on our quest to achieve African unity. The best strategy and mechanism for destroying a people’s potential is arguably to rob or takeaway our unity of purpose and set goals by dividing us.our right and legitimate struggle to rebuild and reclaim our nationhood, identitype,dignity and competitiveness is continuously undermined and compromised to date by the divide and rule strategy imposed on us.it is self evident that there is nothing that a divided people can achieve no matter how hard they try. It is against this backdrop that we must revamp our call for African unity with a different approach whilst considering the prevailing conditions and the nature of a struggle that can achieve the proposed unity. We have seen how a divided Africa brew in a form of afro-phobic violence, genocide, poverty, political instabilities and tribal wars.it is about time we defeat all facets that were used to divide us.we must therefore find a way of working with each other across border lines

  4. Of course anthu anali ogona kumene, he was not a Malawian. His history was not adding up. Fake. Why only English??????? Osadabwa????

  5. stain says:

    Kamuzu could have done much if he avoided wasting time with fake crop inspection

  6. Ulunji says:

    Whether somebody likes it or not, Dr Hestings kamuzu Banda, ndi Father to this nation.Let’s learn to respect our Leaders basically for their achievement.When we talk about good road network, health services, Education just to mention a few in our country then without mentioning kamuzu then who else could we?.My His soul rest in peace.Am educated today because his effort towards Education.

  7. Lord Mansfield says:

    Iwe Coment 31 Usamakhale Opusa Kwambili Ngati Kamuzu Anali Wa Ku Ghana Ndiye Kuti Zitsilu Kwambiri Zinali Zomwe Dzinamuitanitsa Kubwela Kuno Ku Mw Frm Abroad Nkudzamusiila Udindo Ndi Chipani Cha Mcp Atachiyambitsa Okha, For Yo Imfomation Kamuzu Anachita Kukamizidwa Kangapo Pomulembela Makalata Then Kumtumizla Tpt Kuti Azibwela Kuno Tsono Osamakhala Naye Ndi Kaduka Pangani Yanu Mbiri Amene Aja Anali A LEADS Sadzapezekaso

  8. Mwamfunsa says:

    I was very young by then, but i cn witnes dat Kamuzu was a man of integrity based on what he rendered to MW thrut his life. Will remain a heroe.

  9. wilson kasamba says:

    who is the founding father of malawi ? Its chilembwe.not that ghana man who did not form any party in malawi.who formed nyasaland african congress ? Mcp is a party formed by a tumbuka orton chirwa.malawi is backward in development becoz of kamuzu.we are enemies of mozambique and tanzania becoz kamuzu foreign was bad.he was slow.very slow,he was self centred,built stadiums at sanjika mtunthama new state house for what ? am who I am policy of that man ended malawians in poverty up to now.chitukuko .which chitukuko ? Slow .osamayamikila zopusa.long live democracy.to pit with kamuzu tranny

  10. pasimaro says:

    He deserve to be honoured!!! He Is was my hero!

  11. jojo says:

    Those of you who doesnt believe that Kamuzu is a hero, you’re all bomboocrats

  12. Wakawa mheni kweneso wakawa muwemi luwande linyake. Ise tiyeni tionge pa vuwemi ivo wakatichitira.

  13. Nazizwa says:

    Malawians doing what they know best. THEY DONT TAKE STOCK!!!!!!!!!! they can not follow up on other issues like Chasowa and Chanthunya……..those stories are dead and buried. They are busy castigating the former leader……………..while enjoying what he left behind.

  14. Stupid says:

    We people are u mad? After all this is not giving kamuzu power to rule . He is no more why murmuring ? He is the one who broke the stupid federation . Where were the mapuyas by then? Thank GOD that after daylight killings on 20, July you managed to get back by crook . Im saying whether one likes it or not kamuzu will remain a HERO. Mukupulika? Akupikana weleo ?

  15. Honala says:

    I dont understand why some Malawians dont pay tribute to Kamuzu. If you are honest enough compare what Kamuzu did and what these other leaders are doing. You can genuinely tell that things are going down. You say Kamuzu was a killer. Do really tell Malawians that During the reign of Muluzi, Bingu, Joice no person lost his/her life on political reason? Answer this question honestly.

  16. zeni_zeni says:

    I AM IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE IDEA TO HONOR THOSE WHO FOUNDED SADC

  17. Stupid Zondiwe who are these thousands who were killed? Do you really know the meaning of thousands? Where are the graves? You are one of the few brainwashed Malawians who were fooled by the Bakilis.

  18. Nabetha says:

    Enadi akudwala nazo as u can see from the comments. Take a leaf from TZ where Nyerere is honoured by his own people regardless of the tarters that he brought his country to. You don’t hear any of his people despising him like you Nyasa’s do with your founding father. Like it or not a lot of people are now looking back at those days with a lot of nostalgia. For any wrong that happened then only the good Lord will judge him. So Nyasas have a life! Look at what’s happening now and act. Osati blaming HKB to this day and being blinded. These so called democratic leaders are killing you in a different way – denying you rights through rampant corruption. This country is in reverse gear since BM took over. I still have to be convinced that democracy has benefited us. Our neighbouring countries are now way ahead of us and yet we were sending soap and toothpaste to them. Panopa kudakali kwakuda ku MW. KWACHA 2019!!!!

  19. MAN says:

    kamuzu is a man of honour not mapwevupwevu of today. istead of running the govt they are busy cashgating

  20. This is a joke right?

  21. Zagwa says:

    This is not only distasteful But nauseating as well! What will we honor next? Poverty? Apartheid? Nepotism?

  22. stanly nkunika says:

    Who would argue on that one,we Kasungus are proud of you

  23. Kafodya Imdzomdzo says:

    Indeed a statesman, even just looking at him as he walks, earnest lookers will note statesmanship in him. Nanga ndi zinazi, kapena titi zamasiku anozi, Nidkungodutsa, sindikuthyola mnkhwani.

  24. Zondiwe says:

    But Kamuzu became a ruthless dictator, responsible for thousands of unexplained deaths and disappearances.
    Mkwapatira Mhango family bombed in Lusaka, Dr Attati Mpakati bombed in Mozambique and murdered in Zimbabwe, Henry Masauko Chipembere poisoned in California, etc, etc. The list is endless. Sweetman Yadoda Kumwenda and many others. The trouble is that Malawians are very good at forgetting important events.
    Anyway, let Kamuzu’s evil deeds be honoured. What else can we say?

  25. Wilhelm says:

    Seems Mugabe is looking forward to SADC funding his retirement.

    Of course we must honour them. But a fund? Will Kamuzu or his family receive the same funds? And the other deceased leaders of Lesotho, Tanzania, etc. ?

    Somehow it seems His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe is simply looking out for himself..

  26. Kadushu says:

    Lets honour those who killed our brothers and sisters. koma dziko lapansi likomera anthu oyipa mitima ngati Kamuzu

  27. THE NGWAZI WHO SPOKE ENGLISH TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF EVERY ONE WHO WENT TO SCHOOL. BUT TODAYS PRESIDENT AMAYIENEEEEEEEOGOOOOOO SORRRY YYYYY ENGLISH I DOUBT IF PEOPLE WILL EVER DARE TO HONOUR THIS CURRENT SITTING PULEZIDENTI WA CHILOMWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE MKAMWAAAAAA MWAKEEEEEE.

  28. Ndoda yabwandila says:

    O Ngwazi sodzayiwalika ngati
    zinazi mngakhale oli ndi moyo, By
    the kodi o Mjomba che Sofa olipo
    kwangoti ziii . Komatu mzobvetsa
    chisoni pa Malawi otsogoleri omwe silitha tsiku osawatchula
    ni o Ngwazi – Jenuwini ni Chitsulo
    cha Njanji ka Ngwazi kakan’gono
    BASI =kaya Abiti ni o che Sofa
    odatani kuti oziyiwalidwa ? ? ?

  29. VIYAZI TEMBO says:

    DOES HE DESERVE THAT? APARTHEID SUPPORTER? KAYA………….

  30. phodo says:

    Contributor # 4 dr Henzie, you are crazy or you dont know the history of Malawi. Who constructed the Mosolium for late Kamuzu Banda? Did John Tembo dare to sell some properties of MCP inorder to raise money for that purpose? In short it is the same Peter family who took initiative of putting up Mpumulo la Bata at LL City Center as a final home for Kamuzu. Uzilankhulako za nzeru nthawi zina.Kupanda nzeru kumeneko. Kapena ndi iwe Dr Laza or Dr Jessie.

  31. Henry Banda says:

    In all fairness their deserve to be honoured.

  32. Joseph Mponda says:

    Ngwazi was apresident and needs to be honored and honored again not these thieves such as Bakili Muluzi,and Peter Muthalika….Bingu wa Muthalika tried his best to put Malawi on the map…..

  33. auuaua says:

    Kamuzu was the deal. He did not play. I recently came across an archive of the letters that he corresponded with others. He was a real statesman who knew the game.

  34. chepetsani says:

    I miss the guy. Though he was brutal

  35. opportunist says:

    O Ngwazi .Father and founder

  36. Dr Henzie Mussa-Chemical Engineer says:

    Pitara kudzatsekula mmimba nthawi yomweyo

  37. Mwitiwa says:

    Enatu samva kukoma koma nkhani ndi imeneyi. The man must be honored.

  38. Joseph says:

    Good idea but it should not have been raised by Mugabe, especially if he is going to be one of the benecifiaries. it might be construed as one of those self enrichment schemes well associated with African leaders..

  39. Truck says:

    KWACHA!KWACHA!UFULU!WANANGWA MALAWI!MTENDERE!HONORABLE MINISTERS, MEMBERS OF EXCETIVE COMMITTE OF MALAWI COMCRESS PARTY ,MEMBERS OF DIPLOMAT CORPS, LEAGUE OF MALAWI YOUTH AND LEAGUE OF MALAWI WOMEN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THAT WAS MOST FAVORABLE WORDS OF DR BANDA DURING PUBLIC FUNCTION THE GUY WAS A REAL STATESMAN EH!

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