Chakwera says people made sacrifices ‘God bless Malawi as you keep it Warm Heart of Africa’

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday addressed the nation during the “ceremonial guard mounting” by Malawi Defence Force soldiers at Kamuzu Palace  in Lilongwe observing  Martyrs’ Day when the country honours political heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism.

Chakwera: God bless Malawi as you keep it the  Warm Heart of Africa.
Vice President Chilima observing Martys Day at Kamuzu Palace parade ground
Presidential press secretary Brian Banda was director of the event
Major Mlelemba was director of the event during the military parade

Dressed in black suit with white shirt and black tie, Chakwera who was accompanied by First Lady Monica Chakwera, Vice President Saulos Chilima and Minister of Tourism and culture Micheal Usi, among other top government officials, watched the soldiers parade.

In his address, the President said people in the country were determined to sacrifice their lives which have led to the freedoms being enjoyed today.

“The 3rd of March 1959 is a day that we do well to  remember and reflect on. The uprising that unfolded  around the country that day was not only significant as  a matter of history, but also the pangs that harbingered  the birth of Malawi five years later,” said Chakwera.

He said the  uprising was but the harvest of  seeds of liberation that had started germinating in the  years immediately after 1891, when Britain established  the British Central Africa Protectorate, which was  renamed Nyasaland in 1907.

On March 3 1959, British forces declared a state of emergency and orchestrated Operation Sunrise, arresting prominent Malawian nationalists and other dissidents.

Fury over the arrests of these resistance leaders precipitated the deaths of more than 20 demonstrators. In total, 51 were killed, over 1 300 were detained, and many more were wounded during the state of emergency, which lasted until 1960.

Chakwera said a better way to honour the people’s sacrifice and resolve is to  build the new Malawi they dreamed of and died  for.

“It is not only a Malawi we inherited from the  sacrifice of our forebears of yesterday, but a Malawi we  owe to the promise of our children of tomorrow. ”

Chakwera, who quit the pulpit as president of Malawi Assemblies of God in 2013 to join frontline politics, used his signature closing remarks: “God bless you and God bless Malawi as you keep it the  Warm Heart of Africa.”

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3 years ago

Mr President u not serious on building a new better Malawi if u keep on shielding ur Minister’s and arresting small officers and if u keep on shielding ur office assistance on their wrong doing be serious urself first

3 years ago

Mr. President, the shameful decision that you took in interdhcting Controlling Officers is unheard of. This is the first of it’s kind. Had it been it was during DPP’ era we could have said that it’s because of the rough administration we were having, but look, we now believe kuti nkhaza za MCP sizinathe. What wrong did the Controlling Officers did to put them to shame like that? But other Ministers are being shielded. Time will tell.

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