Chimulirenji makes no show as Chilima, JB  attend Martyrs Day remembrance

Organisers of Martyrs’ Day commemorations in Nkhata Bay  were on Tuesday March 3  left bitterly disappointed when their guest of honour  Malawi “vice president” from the May nullified presidential election Everton Chimulirenji,  who was recently appointed  Minister for Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events, failed to attend.

Minister Phiso shares light moments with State vice-president Saulos Chilima at Martyrs Day remembrance in Nkhatabay
The country’s vice-president Saulos Chilima and former president Joyce Banda as HRDC chairperson Mtambo greeting at Martyrs Day commemoration in Nkhatabay
Malawi vice-president Chilima laying a wreath during Martyr’s Day in Nkhatabay
Former president Joyce Banda laying her wreath during Martyr’s Day  in Nkhatabay

It was more than a little embarrassing for organisers  as there were murmurs of disapproval and contempt when director of ceremonies kept on only saying guest of honour without mentioning any name because the designated one, Minister Chimulirenji, did not show up.

Apparently the absence was expected after the ‘null and void’ vice president turned Minister faced attacks on social media as to why he had accepted to be guest of honour in the presence of the current State Vice President Saulos Chilima.

Chimulirenji got his role as Vice President relinquished following the landmark ruling by the country’s constitutional court to have the May presidential election nullified on grounds of “grave, systematic and widespread irregularities which undermined the credibility of the results”.

The court reinstated the presidency that was there before the May polls, a move that saw President Peter Mutharika and his former vice president, now turned political rival, Chilima, back at the helm of power as the country awaits fresh election

Despite Chimulirenji not showing up, Cabinet Minister Francis Phiso assumed the role of the guest of honour in the presence of the country’s second-in-command Chilima and former president Joyce Banda.

However, Chilima seemed unbothered as he kept sharing jokes with Phiso himself and President Banda as well as Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership of Timothy Mtambo and hid deputy Gift Trapence.

Chilima said in an interview that   Nkhata Bay holds unique history in the country, and people in the district must work with government to ensure that the 31 people who died on March 3 1959, did not die in vain

The event started with tour of the memorial pillar, then laying of wreaths and ended with prayers and speeches at Chirundu Point Ground.

Every year, on 3rd March, Malawians observe Martyrs Day. Whereas the day invokes sorrowful memories, it is the day the country  show respect for the magnanimous men and women who braved bullets, suffered imprisonment and all forms of humiliation during the fight for the freedoms and rights Malawians enjoy today.

It is the day citizens remember and honour its  freedom fighters and the values and ideologies they envisaged to make Malawi a better country for all.

Due to the growing strength of the Nyasaland African Congress (NAC), on March 3 1959, colonial masters declared a State of Emergency and at least 200 NAC leaders were detained.

In Nkhata Bay, NAC leaders were arrested and packed into Mpasa Vessel, ready to be transferred to various prisons. When their relatives heard about the arrests, they marched to Nkhata Bay jetty, to demand their release.

However, colonial forces opened fire and 31 protesters died on the spot.

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DPP-Zero
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DPP-Zero

well, a Dzozdi should just be at home basi iyah……………………………………………. SKC on duty

Chilipa Thako
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Chimulirenji apita kuti akatani ?akakhale pakati pa dzitsiru ?anthu ofunira anzawo zinthu zoipa zokhazokha anachita bwino kusapita Munthu wabwino angasekerere zifwamba ziwiri zomwe zinaphetsa Imedi zomwe zinaonongetsa katundu wa anthu ku Lilongwe shame on you .

Honestly
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Honestly

Tsizina mtole wina ameneyu. Billions missing, may be he was busy counting stolen money hence no show.

Chikoti
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Chikoti

Hhhhmmm as who.should.chimulilenji attend the function? Mmamufuna ndi inuyo not the organisers..cheap

Mwini muzi.
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Mwini muzi.

No wonder

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

This was a stupid organisation, it was a deliberate move by the organisers to humiliate Hon Chimulirenji. How can you invite ma Gandanga a HRDC, Joyce Banda who are the haters of Mutharika. Its quite appropriate that Chimulilenji did not attend, it served the purpose that the vice President was there and he did well to attend.

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Truth pains and that’s what happened – kuzemba

elicy ngwenya
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elicy ngwenya

you have a problem ,this is for everry malawian not fr dpp cadets ,go to hell

Honestly
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Honestly

Nobody hates them, they hate the people who are fighting and uncovering plunder in Malawi
Only a thief will back these plunders

Trust
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Trust

Ine Joyce Banda yekhayo ayi. aaah this woman is wicked

Manganya wagwa
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Mr Chilima that’s the last function for you. Others will be going it after 150 days

elicy ngwenya
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elicy ngwenya

just die

Ngbendu wa zabanga
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Ngbendu wa zabanga

The organisers are stupid and simply wanted to politicise the event. The forefathers who died in 1959 during state of emergency are turning in their graves

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
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Ngati Bakha wamkulu anathawa, nanga awa ndi ndani so, nyusensi yokhayokha

BigMan
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BigMan

That’s SKC, calm and collected.

Moto
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Moto

osatekeseka…ali duuuuuuu

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