Aford to observe ‘Chihana Day’:  Hero of Malawi multiparty democracy

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has said it will observe April 6 dubbed ‘Chihana Day’ in honour of Malawi’s hero of multiparty democracy Chakufwa Tom Chihana, saying his name should be recognised  in the history of the country’s politics.

Chakufwa Chihana victory salute to supporters

Aford VP Chiumia: Chakufwa Chihana deserves recognition

Mwenifumbo: Aford will reclaim its lost glory in the stronghold Northern region

Vice president of Aford, Martha Chiumia, said  in Mzuzu on Saturday during a fundraising dinner dance organised by Revamp Aford Movement.

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.

“Some few people dreamts and spoke about multiparty in the country. Chihana did not just speak but acted on his words. He fought for it and now we are enjoying his fruiyts. Democracy started with Chihana. Therefore we will continue  celebrating his life,” said Chiumia.

The event brought together Aford members  from all regions, the clergy from CCAP Livingstonia Synod and party sympithisers from abroad.

In his remarks, Aford MP for Karonga Central Constituency, Frank Mwenifumbo said the party has the “potential” to  be  strong again and do well in 2019 elections.

“During Chakufwa Chihana reign Aford  was sweeping all parliamentary seats in the Northern Region. We are reclaiming that glory  come 2019. Aford will be strong again,” said Mwenifumbo.

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.

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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Kholowa mkabudula
Guest

He was a party leader not a hero.

kaukonde
Guest

if we are to observe holidays for every jim and jack, Malawi will stop functioning. almost each and every day of the year somebody who claims to have done something for us died. its time we stopped these stupid and useless holidays that only make our economy to stagnet.

Mopiya Mulupare
Guest

Indeed Chihana was a hero but for a region. Heroes are classified into village, TA, District, regional, national and global. Chihana belonged to a regional category. Don’t mix up members of these categories. If indeed he was a national hero all corners of Malawi would have called for his national remembrance.

CHAMBU NJUWI
Guest

SALU PANGANI YINYAKHE IYI YAKONDA CHOMENE NDIPO YIKUWONEKA MAKOLA TAI. NALONGA BYADIDI.

dagobert
Guest

Please gentlemen of Aford give us a breake. Do something on the ground for the sake of development instead of wasting money for hero worshipping!
Do something new and make a difference as a party! Get your priorities right. This we had already all along the past 53 years….
It will not bring back the glory of the party, which would much more contribute to the remembrance of your founding father!

Muzwanya wa Mbiriya a Chewa-Mang\'anja and Sena
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Muzwanya wa Mbiriya a Chewa-Mang\'anja and Sena

AFORD is a dead party. It shall never win two seat in 2019.

nkatanala
Guest

Bravo Bravo AFORD, am by your side………..Tatopa ndi amlopwana wa

Abitilawyer
Guest

Zovuzedi. He deserves that respect

Kaitano
Guest

This means we will start next year? zilibwino

Kaisi
Guest

I would rather honour the bishops than Chihana. Where was he in the 80s 70s. He walked in the lions den when it had already lost the grinding teeth. Uja anali wa sakho. The whole executives were full of henyas except Peter Kaleso and Mekki Mtewa. That’s why UDF took advantage of that stupidity. Muzikasangala zimenezo ku mbwenu mbwenu land konko.

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