Gondwe leads Malawi in remembrance tribute

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Goodall Gondwe led the nation in remembering the country’s war dead during the annual Remembrance Sunday event.

At 11am there was a two-minute silence as hundreds paid their respects to those Malawian soldiers who were killed in both World Wars when they joined Britain as Kings African Rifles.

Gondwe laid a wreath of poppy at the capital city Lilongwe Cenotaph as part of Remembrance Sunday events in Malawi where dignitaries including diplomats attended.

Other events were held in Mzuzu and Zomba in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Gondwe:Led the honour of paying tributes

Malawi Defence Force deputy spokesman Major Kakhuta Banda said the commemorations this year were “as important as ever”.

He called on Malawi to help ex-service men, about 27 remaining, saying they were living in harsh conditions.

In Zomba, Minister of Internal Security Aaron Sangala laid a wreath at the Cenotaph outside the Cobbe Barracks near Zomba Central prison.

In Mzuzu, Speaker of Parliament and Malawi Army chief of staff Major General John Msonthi Jnr were some of the people who laid wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance.

President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is Commander-In-Chief of Malawi Defence Force, is on holiday “somewhere” in the world.

He had delegated Gondwe to lead the Remembrance Sunday events.

Reememberance Sunday is also observed in other parts of the world and the Queen of Birtain led the  event in London.

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