Chakwera wants revolution, visits families of Malawi martyrs in Nkhatabay

Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Rev. Dr Lazarus Chakwera on 3 March,2015, visited the families whose relatives suffered during the state of emergency of  1959 in northern district of Nkhatabday and said the struggle for a better Malawi continues.

Chakwera: CThe struggle for a better Malawi continues
Chakwera: CThe struggle for a better Malawi continues
Chakwera paying respects to the freedom fighters
Chakwera paying respects to the freedom fighters

Nkhata Bay registered 31 deaths in the fight against colonial rule on March 3 1959. The fight was also aimed at pushing for the release of leaders of the Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) arrested during a state of emergency.

Chakwera was accompanied by MCP executive members, members of parliament, ward counsellors and ordinary party supporters.

During the visit Chakwera visited the places where epitaphs containing names of slain people have been written.

Chakwera also  attended the memorial service held in Nkhatabay to appreciate the role the martyrs played in fighting for the country’s independence.

He said all Malawians should emulate the spirit of patriotism the departed freedom fighters in the country had so that their deaths should not be in vain.

Chakwera said he was overwhelmed that the fighters wanted freedom and independence as a means for securing better living standards for the entire nation and the next generations.

The MCP leader said  patriotism drove them into the  fight and they never doubted their ability to succeed in the struggle.

Chakwera said he is not happy that after over 50 years since the struggle leading to independence, the plight of the majority of our people has worsened contrary to the dreams and aspirations of the freedom fighters.

“Today our people continue to be exploited, now by fellow citizens, who by using power and positions, abuse and misuse public resources meant for everyone. Today a new click of individuals continues to amass too much wealth at the expense of the majority poor. Where is the change our freedom fighters wanted? What have we done to compensate the families of the freedom fighters including the veterans that are still around?” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said there is need for a new revolution to take this country out of perpetual poverty to perennial prosperity.

The leader of opposition said as Malawi is  commemorating  martyrs’ day there is  need to re-launch the freedom fighters’ agenda.

“We cannot continue to corrupt and being corrupted, we dare not continue to defraud ourselves and think somehow a miracle will save us. We are racing against time and we cannot afford to continue with experimental development programmes that are not achieving results,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera saidthe best way of honoring the freedom fighters, is to attend to the needs of the bereaved families, invest in programmes that aim at achieving economic freedom for everyone, and by serving  people with diligence and prudence.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said the freedom fighters died because “they wanted the country to develop.  This is why today I am saying every Malawian should strive to do something that will help in the development of the country.”

Said Gondwe:“Let me ask all civil servants, religious leaders, business persons and all Malawians to make sure that they do something for their country and not wait for their country to do something for them because this is the heart that freedom fighters had.”.

Earlier in the day, people visited memorial site where the actual massacre took place in 1959 and while there one surviving witness of the massacre, John Chunda moved the people with his step by step analysis on what actually happened on that material day. The commemoration proceeded to the memorial cemetery at Kakumbi where the 33 martyrs were buried in a mass grave.

 

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Bengo kanjati
6 years ago

Iwe Critician you have a serious mental problem, there is no you can blame Chakwera for what he did

Bengo kanjati
6 years ago

DPP people how many people have you killed secretly let’s talk about Robert Chasowa including July 20 people. What about cashgate involvement and all DPP party executive members has cases to answer . Tell us if Chakwera has a case to answer? Let him free Malawians from this Death Directors Party (DPP)

Bengo kanjati
6 years ago

In 1915 Rev. John Chilembwe fot for Malawians, 2015 its time for Rev. Dr Lazarus Chakwera to change things for better, nothing

critician
critician
6 years ago

Chakwera and your late grandfather Kamuzu Banda now in repetance mood. How many political leaders from dead north did you Chakwera, John Tembo and Kamuzu Banda and MCP machinery in general kill from that dead poor north. So many of them. You cant be good today. you are the KILLER. Your hands are bloody. Don’t dare to score a point out of martyars. DPP will be in the government for ever. If we did it when we were outside the government who can dare us when we are enjoying inside it. I mean we did it that time why cant… Read more »

chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa
chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa
6 years ago

The issue is people should respect or honor the people who fought for freedom. As for the bereaved let them work hard on their own just as good as everyone else who did this. Freedom fighters had also support from other people whose generation exists. Can all these generations be supported? I don’t think this is feasible.

chigawenga
chigawenga
6 years ago

What this country needs is a coup d’état. Get rid of the clueless and corrupt leaders who are in government to enrich themselves. I hope some day we will be liberated from DPP cash gaters.

aphiri
aphiri
6 years ago

Haters ignore chakwera for your own risk. Free and fair elections u cant win the mcp

one malawi one people
one malawi one people
6 years ago

am impressed with the comments on this issue. pple r honest & straightforward in their comments. I wish we had politicians of similar mentality in analysing national issues….and action oriented..

visulo
6 years ago

He should visit and compensate those killed and tortured by his master Kamuzu Mulderer Banda

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
6 years ago
Reply to  visulo

Agreed. The call for compensation by oChakwera runs hollow, when he does not champion the same for the life and human rights abuses by that notorious, brutal and murderous regime of HKB, aka Jumani Kamuzu Banda.

Greencardless Malawian
Greencardless Malawian
6 years ago
Reply to  visulo

Achutsilu inu, still living in the past. Tell Pitala Zomwezo regarding the July 2011 incident. Kamuzu apologised himself for all the evil things he did…go hung yourself fool!

Mccarthy
6 years ago

God bless Chakwera & MCP.

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