Gadama family gets court order stopping Chakwera from paying tribute to ex-minister brutally killed by MCP

The family of  late Aaron Gadama, a former  minister who was brutally killed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) regime has rushed to court to obtain an injunction stopping  MCP presidential candidate Lazrarus Chakwera from going to his grave this Tuesday to lay wreaths.

These four were brutally killed by MCP

Chakwera has planned to visit the grave of Gadama in Kasungu on Tuesday to pay tribute and lay wreaths before proceed to Chiwengo Village to mark Kamuzu Day, a public holiday to remember the birthday of founding president Kamuzu Banda.

Aaron Gadama  is one of the three Cabinet ministers and a legislator murdered under the MCP administration in 1983.

Gadama is  believed to have been assassinated alongside Twaibu Sangala , Dick Matenje and former member of Parliament (MP) David Chiwanga during MCP’s one-party era in 1983 in Mwanza.

The Gadama family through Aaron Edward Gadama and Mary Gama (nee Gadama)  took an injunction stopping Chakwera to enter the place of residence  of Gadama at Mphezi Village , Traditional Auhtority Mwase in Kasungu and from laying wreaths on Gadama.

Law firm Taulo and Associates confirmed to Nyasa Times that the injunction has been granted by the High Court and served on MCP.

This effectively means Chakwera will not go to Gadama’s grave as scheduled but will proceed to attend Kamuzu’s memorial.

Commentators are arguing that  tossing around Kamuzu’s name and image as a political tool is making Kamuzu into a heroic saint that bears little resemblance to the historical record.

A university of Malawi  lecturer in media, communication and cultural studies at Chancellor College, Jimmy Kainja, simply reminds Malawians that Kamuzu Banda was a ruthless authoritarian that caused a lot of pain to many people whose relatives and parents languished in jails, exile and some were killed without committing any crime at all.

In a published article, Kainja states that Kamuzu ran a state without a justice system.

“He was the sole arbiter of truth. This is the side of Kamuzu that is slowly being erased from nation history, deliberately or not, and as we blur the lines of our past, it becomes more and more difficult to understand our present.

“ Airbrushing Kamuzu’s legacy and creating false nostalgia that is only aimed at diverting the national psyche from current leadership failures is not only injustice for those that suffered during his reign, it also stifles national progress and development,” he pointed out.

Kainja states that Malawi will not develop if nostalgia and hero-worshiping are drivers of its leadership.

“The country needs visionary leaders ready for public service. Leaders with policies that can drive the nation forward; this has nothing to do with anybody’s age, gender or tribe. Here the electorate have a role to pay: look beyond personalities and focus on their policies instead.”

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OSCAR ASIMA TAULO
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OSCAR ASIMA TAULO

For confidentiality reasons , I will not disclose what really transpired in Court but you have presented completely a wrong version of story.

MBUMBA
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MBUMBA

KHULULUKANI OSAKHALA NDI MKWIYO NGATI WA CHILIMA……

BigMan
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BigMan

MCP supporters just dont understand the votws they lose whenever they start defending and excusing or downplaying MCP atrocities. You will never lead this nation ever again.

MBUMBA
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MBUMBA

Kkkkkk …Chakwera akulamula dzikoli week yamawa yomweyi… ..DPP is finished…..

mulumuzana
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mulumuzana

koma ngati eni ake sakufuna nde inu mukukakamila chani…..mcp nde imeneyo yeniyeni timaidziwa ife

Malemu Pulofesa nkhungu ya K145 million
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It’s very unfortunate that the Mwanza three are used for political mileage by first by the udf and now by dpp yet nothing has been done to the family members. Even the commission of inquiry was politically assembled just to incarcerate JZU and Mama. That’s why everything collapsed. Why do parties like dpp come to sympathise with the deceased family members during the elections year. Is it not possible for the families to get a permanent court order to stop this nonsense. Dpp and udf want to be seen to be with the families. This is like “chikondi cha pa… Read more »

GRM
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GRM

Eeesh. Can someone pay tribute to Kamuzu and Gadama on the same day?
This is an insult to Gadama family. It opens old wounds

BigMan
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BigMan

Kodi a Chakwera, mwayamba kutamba masana? Ku manda a bambo awo akuti musakapondeko agalu inu, leave the family alone please, they have suffered enough.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

At least MCP acknowledges the Past …I am actually Surprised that So Many Bad Things have happened in the Multiparty Dispension …Watching the Boy Who Harnessed The Wind there is a Scene Where Chief Wimbe is beaten by UDF cadets….he later Dies….Mwana Anatondifunse Kodi Zinachitika Nthawi ya Kamuzu? I hope the Other leaders after Kamuzu will also acknowledge the Brutalities that have Occurred during their Watch .

Kandawe
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Kandawe

Or muononge mbiri ya MCP koma ife timuvoterabe chakwerayo amene adapha anthu aja Lero ose Ali Ku DPP

Observer
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Observer

The family has lost an opportunity in our Christian values of forginess. Never the less it’s not Chakwera and any of the MCP administration nor a party member today committed it. God knows who did it popeza dziko lidampeza Kamuzu and other suspects that had no case. Kamuzu himself apologised and hope he repented from deep down heart for any atrocities. Ngati tivomereza machimo God cleanse us. Ndiye inu muzingochedwa. How have you blindfolded dont you see the writings on the wall It also sounds ackward for Kainja statement. You better read well or ask what Kamuzu was for this… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

I hope you are a youngster.