Bring back old Malawi flag -activist

Malawi’s new President Mrs Joyce Banda has been reminded to bring back the old national flag as she promised during the launch of her People’s Party in Lilongwe.

The old flag was controversially changed by Mutharika DPP government in 2009 but met so much public anger.

A full sun over reds, black and green replaced the independence black, red and green stripes with a rising red sun in the top black stripe.

Activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire told journalists in the capital Lilongwe that President Banda should live up to her promise to revert to the old flag.

Old flag (L) and Chiefs with new flag on the right

“We need our old flag back because Malawi is not yet there where we can change the flag,” he said.

“ We cannot boast of development whilst we have social, political and economic challenges facing the country,” he said.

Late president Bingu wa  Mutharika had argued that the independence flag was “inherited from the British as part of their claim that they had brought light in darkness”.

Critics slammed the change, saying consultations on the issue were biased and that the issue should have been settled by referendum.

The old flag was introduced by the Malawi Congress Party, led for decades by the late dictator Kamuzu Banda.

MCP Spokeswoman Nancy Tembo said the change was disrespectful to the nation’s history which the flag had symbolised.

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