United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi has bemoaned that the current resting place for the country’s pro-democracy hero late Chakufwa Tom Chihana at Katoto in Mzuzu is a bush and promises to build a mausoleum for the departed president of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) if he is elected President during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Atupele made the promises when he addressed a political campaign meeting in Mzuzu City on Sunday at a venue which holds high value and significance as it is associated with Chihana’s political career and the fight for democracy in Malawi.
The UDF presidential hopeful said the mausoleum will be constructed at the current grave as he respects the Tumbuka culture which frowns upon the idea of exhuming and reburying a body.
“We cannot forget our heroes who fought for the country to attain the democracy we are enjoying today,” said Atupele.
“I will construct a mausoleum for the departed hero within the first years of my leadership,” he said.
The late Chihana, who died in 2006, was one of the freedom fighters during the transition from one-party State to multiparty democracy in the early 1990s.
He served as second vice-president in the administration of Atupele’s father – Bakili Muluzi.
Meanwhile, acting Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has welcomed the idea by Atupele to build mausoleum for Chihana – a true son of the soil.
Enoch Chihana, who is also the late Chihana’s son, also said his father should be accorded a good resting place.