Chakwera says Orton Chirwa is founding father of Malawi: MCP made him die as political prisoner

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has paid special tribute to Orton Chirwa, the country’s  first attorney general after independence, as the founding father of the Malawi nation but died as a political prisoner during the MCP dictatorship.

Chakwera in Nkhatabay paying tribute to Orton Chirwa.
Chakwera speaking at Maganga Ground in Nkhata Bay where he held a political rally together with former president Joyce Banda, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and other leaders in Tonse alliance.

A British-trained lawyer,  Orton Chirwa and his wife, Vera, had been jailed since their abduction from exile in Zambia in 1981. They went into exile after an abortive Cabinet revolt against the country’s longtime President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

“Orton was and remains the founding father of Malawi nation because it is him who formed the MCP and invited Kamuzu Banda from England to come and lead this country.

“He was selfless and a true hero.  Orton came from here [Nkhata Bay District],” said Chakwear at Maganga Ground in Nkhata Bay where he held a political rally together with former president Joyce Banda, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and other leaders in the opposition Tonse alliance.

Orton Chirwa  died in prison in Zomba on 20 October 1992. Aged 73, he had been imprisoned for nearly 11 years for non-violent opposition to the MCP autocracy.

At various times during his imprisonment he had been kept in leg irons and much of his imprisonment was spent in solitary confinement.

His wife, Vera, is still alive and very old.

Chakwera, who quit the pulpit as head of Malawi Assemblies of God in 2013 to join frontline politics, said it is time to heal about the past atrocities and have a new Malawi that has bound together nine political parties in an electoral ticket branded Tonse Alliance.

He promised to  make sure he honours men and women who died in the struggle for freedom once voted into power at the forthcoming presidential election.

Chakwera pledged that he will ensure that if elected, his government will institute a brand of servant leadership that promotes national development and universal respect for the law and human rights.

The MCP presidential hopeful said  he will not ask Malawians to praise him for promoting development in the country as it is the duty of a national leader to govern in a way that promote and safeguard the interests of his citizens.

Other alliance partners in Tonse, include Alliance for Democracy, People’s Progressive Movement, Freedom Party, Umodzi Party and Malawi Forum for National Development.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
0 0 vote
Article Rating

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
41 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
timothy
timothy
8 months ago

Chakwera chindere cha munthu chotembereredwa.

Che Peter
8 months ago

Trust is a big thing and when an individual betrays that trust he can never be trusted again. In this case it is true with Chakwera who ditched God in search of new spoils in politics by quitting the pulpit when he was head of Assembiies of God in 2013. By doing so , he has demonstrated that he is a man who does not respect commitments,he is only there for what he can get and he will leave all of us in the cold. Leopard never changes its skin and that is the evil MCP , rebranded as Tonse… Read more »

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
8 months ago

Atumbuka musayankhire nkhaniyi. Chakwera has started rewriting history before he is even president. Dziko liri pamoto ili

Jaunky
Jaunky
8 months ago

Anthu onse ankhaza anali Ku MCP moved to form other political parties and turned against the name of the party,yet they were the ones anali ankhanza,to mention a few :-
Elson Bakali Muluzi anali wamkulu wa MYP
Nicholas Dausi
Hertherwick Ntaba and many more

Amthunu musanamizidwe ndi DPP and UDF,
Alliance imeneyi ndiyomwe inaliu MCP and today MCP is a new cream of people, tandiuzeni mu cream imeneyi yemwe anali nawo mumthawi ya a Muluzu ,a Dausi, a Ntaba.Tisanamizidwe,time has come imene God of Israel want to deliver this Nation, through his man o servant, Dr Lazarus Chakwera

Nyekhwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Jaunky

Umbuli

Yona Gondwe
Yona Gondwe
8 months ago

Imwe a Malawi, uyu Chakwera ndi CHINDERE NADI. We malawians have heard for ourselves from him MCP CHINDERE CHAKWERA kuti ali mu chipani cha kupha waka. This is not propaganda machinery but Chakwela is telling people of Malawi himself via Nkhata-bay rally. This is true now I believe this party kills people.
PLEASE MALAWIANS DONT VOTE FOR THIS EVIL PARTY.

Piper
Piper
8 months ago

Of course do not forget our dark history but we need to move on. Nothing will ever change those national tragedies and everything that happened with it but we can change the course of our future. The choice is ours. Mpatseni madzi amwele !!

Nyekhwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Piper

You can’t move on from Nazism or fascism by voting nazis or fascist back into power again. That is the ultimate stupidity. Kulowa Kachiwirii mphechepeche Mwa njobvu. They had more than 30 years to change. They didn’t. You can’t tell me they have changed now. Chilima goofed joining these guys

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

Chakwera is talking about pre-,1993 MCP, the one Dausi and Ntaba left. You cannot distort history. We now have a rebranded MCP operating in a multiparty democracy.

Wawa
Wawa
8 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Ask Chakwera, Why is he distorting History then? All along we were told Kamuzu was the founding Father of Malawi. Now Chakwera wants us to blv that is wrong?

Mangochi boi Advocate
Mangochi boi Advocate
8 months ago

There’s something dt i won’t andastand evn if mutandiuza mobwereza bwereza. When you mcp idiots trying to decorate mcp you say dis is a new mcp. Nosense. Mboli zanu nonse mwamva.Wht is new here coz wht i c from d angle where i am is d same flag same tambala same slogan. Still supported by ppl from central region. Zizukulu za Kamuzu zili mommo. Dts d same dt is happening in other parties cz leaders of each party come n go.Regionalism is every whre evn in mcp. You ppl from central region u wnt 2 tell me kuti its only… Read more »

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
8 months ago

Tambala family inapha ndi MCP
Ndicholinga azipeza zonena nthawi ya capaign
Pomasinjilila ndi kuipitsa omwe akupikisana nawo
Za Orton Chilwa
MCP ku khatabay sadzaiwala
Mankhata osaika voti yanu ku utsogoleli
wa MCP NJOKA NDI NJOKA

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

INU NDIYE MUTSALIRA M’MBUYO. Chakwera Chilima will rule Malawi from 24 June. I assure you that you will notice the difference from what plunderer APM and his gang have done to Malawi.

Bakali
8 months ago
Reply to  mtete

I would take corruption over dictatorship and one party system mentality any day. Bola ndizimwa tea omwela chimanga chophika

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago

Cadet iwe ukuona ngati taiwala imfa ya Njauju, Chasowa and the Tambala family zomwe zachitika pompano? Ukuoneka kuti wagundika ndi makadeti anzako pano. Tere mukuona ngati mwapeza nkhani? God is not on your side, cadets.

Wawa
Wawa
8 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Zimenezo mumufunse Noel Masangwi. Ndi amene akudziwa zonse

Lameki
8 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Za mmaluwa. Mcp however was systematic blatantly murderous system for 30 years. What’s next a Chakwera ulurani zones adachita Tembo. Raping women, and killing their husbands. Tell us pastor

Okay
Okay
8 months ago

Lots of northerners had to change their surnames to get selected into unima and other government schools. Up to now they are using adopted surnames just to beat the evil mcp system. A child born of the mwambetania clan but now known as bauleni, chinkhandwe, mzumadzi, mzengo etc just to get a foot in the door. We say shame! shame to mcp!!!

Frank Underwood
Frank Underwood
8 months ago
Reply to  Okay

Dont remind me of my father who has a Chichewa name to date in official documents just to go to secondary school. I WILL NEVER EVER VOTE FOR MCP. My vote would rather be reserved am sorry. Coz I dont trust DPP aswell

shares
Read previous post:
Msuku to miss in KB technical panel

Coach Temwa Msuku will not be part of the technical panel for Kamuzu Barracks Football Club this season, Nyasa Times...

Close