CCAP Livingstonia Synod general secretary Levi Nyondo has threatened the church would exhume the body of heroine and historic figure Rose Chibambo if government does not build her a mausoleum within a year.
Rev. Nyondo said this during the burial ceremony of Chibambo at a new Heroes Acre in Mzuzu.
He said the church was giving the government an ultimatum of one year from January 16, 2016 to maintain the place and construct her mausoleum or the church would exhume her body and rebury it at the church’s grave yard.
Nyondo said the new Heroes Acre was deserted and needed to be worked on to show that it was a Heroes Acre.
Vice president Saulos Chilima who represented President Peter Mutharika at the funeral ceremony did not comment on the ultimatum.
However, Jappie Mhango, minister of Information said in an interview the government does not recognise the new Heroes Acre which is behind Admarc offices in Mzuzu.
He said the government recognises only one Heroes Acre in Mzuzu where Chakufwa Chihana, another fierce and aggressive freedom fighter credited for multiparty democracy in Malawi, was buried.
Mhango said he has no knowledge that the government recently approved a new site as Heroes Acre.
There is also a state Heroes Acre in Lilongwe where the first head of state Kamuzu Banda was buried, just a stone’s throw from parliament building.
Chibambo, who was born in 1928, was in the first cabinet of Kamuzu Banda. She was also the first woman to sit on Nyasaland African Congress executive committee. Her picture is on Malawi’s K200 bank note.