First Lady hosts mothers at Kamuzu Palace: Ex-Malawi leader JB says ‘let us support one another’

First Lady Monica Chakwera on Thursday hosted women at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Mother’s Day and International Rural Women’s Day, committing to address the social problem of teenage pregnancies and ending child marriages.

First Lady celebrated Mother’s Day with women at Kamuzu Palace.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana
Cross section of women captured at the Mothers Day Celebrations at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa kadango 
First Lady Monica Chakwera presents a gift to Mary Chilima during the Mothers days celebrations at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa Kadango
First Lady Monica Chakwera presents a gift to former First Lady Anne Muluzi during the Mothers days celebrations at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa Kadango
First Lady cuts the cake  flanked by  Joyce Banda, Patricia Kaliati and Mary Chilima to mark the Mothers Day celebrations at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa Kadango
Kafita womens choir spices up the Mothers Day Celebrations at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa Kadango-pic by Lisa Kadango

Among her guests, notably were Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara, the Vice President’s spouse Mary Chilima, former first ladies Callista Mutharika and Anne Muluzi, Lilongwe City mayor, Juliana Kaduya as well as Ministers Patricia Kaliati, Abida Mia, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and Nancy Tembo.

Madam Chakwera urged mothers to reflect on serious issues affecting the Malawian society and should join hands to help girls get education.

“If it wasn’t my mother, 50 years ago, making a decision that I go to school while my brother stayed home the whole year due to lack of fees, I wouldn’t have been here,” said the First Lady, an auditor by profession.

The First Lady bemoaned that little Malawian girl “continue getting pregnant.”

She pointed out that teenage pregnancy is a significant public health issue that is both a cause and consequence of education and health inequality for young parents and their children.

Teenagers have the highest rate of unplanned pregnancy and young parents face a range of poorer health and socioeconomic outcomes in comparison with older mothers and their children.

The First Lady said the country needs an anti-teenage pregnancy campaign.

Former president Joyce Banda in her remarks said: “Let us support one another as women in all our endeavours. It is our duty to protect our girls and we all have a role to play.”

Banda branded the First Lady as “a champion of women”.

She encouraged Madam Chakwera to keep up her work in promoting girlchild to be educated.

“I have so much faith in you,” said Banda.

In an interview, former First Ladies,  Callista Mutharika and Annie Muluzi – mother to United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi – commended Madam Chakwera for her inclusive approach in tackling matters of national interest.

Malawi celebrates Mother’s Day on October 15. The day was initially set aside by former President Hastings Kamuzu Banda on October 17 and it was later celebrated on the second Monday of October. But former president Bingu wa Mutharika changed it to October 15 to coincide with the International Day of Rural Women, set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.

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Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

Let me warn Monica Chakwera to keep distance from Joyce Banda and she should also ask Lazarous to also keep distance from her. This women will spell your husband if you allow her close to the president.

8 months ago

Kulakwaaa kkkkkk

8 months ago

Joyce banda behaves like former first lady

8 months ago
Reply to  Manuel

What do you mean, you idiot. Joyce Banda is former First Lady as well as being former President. A president of a country is First Citizen. The president’s family is the First Family. If the president is a man, he is both President and First Gentleman. If the president is a woman, she is both President and First Lady. If the president is a man, his wife is First Lady. If the president is a woman, her husband is First Gentleman. The president’s children are First Children; even the president’s dog ( let’s call it Kaukutu) is the First Pet… Read more »

Henele Gopani
Henele Gopani
8 months ago

Akuti Chakwera anapasidwa mkaziyu ngati chachikhumi

8 months ago
Reply to  Henele Gopani

Chipogwe too much…

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