Lucius to headline Yadema’s fundraising gig for July 20 victims

Youth Association for Democracy (YADEMA) has engaged the services of Malawi music icon Lucius Banda to perform at a fundraising gig scheduled to take place this coming Sunday at Mungo Park-Munali in the capital city Lilongwe.

According to YADEMA Vice Chairman Alexander Mkandawire, the show is aimed at raising funds for various activities lined up by youth moment next month in honour of the 20 people who were killed July 20 last year while holding a mass protest against the poor leadership of former president late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Tentatively the prayers have been scheduled to coincide with the first anniversary of their death.

Lucius Banda: To headline the gig in Mzuzu

During the ill fated demonstrations overzealous Police shot to death 19 people all together in the cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Among other things on the day of the commemorations, YADEMA in conjunction with the C.C.A.P’s Livingstonia Synod is expected to hold  prayers in remembrance of those that fought for what others have dubbed the “third liberation for Malawi”.

There will also be  a debate at the Mzuzu University under the theme “How can we heal the
wounds”.  The debate will be broadcast live on a local radio Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS).

“We hope to get something from well wishers so that we can share to the families of the victims and it is on this debate where we will give pressure to the government to compensate these families,”
Mkandawire told Nyasa Times.

During the Sunday gig, apart from Lucious Banda, the famous Akamwire stars Fikisa will also perform alongside Lulu of the Bondiya and Wachenjera Darling fame, Sam Simakweli and the sensational reggae star Apatsa Kwilimbe.

The charges for the show are pegged at K1, 000.00.

On a bigger scale the activists are proposing that Malawi should have a “Heroes Day” in remembrance of all those who sacrificed to bring freedom and liberty at all levels of our society.

Ironically, not many people have heeded calls for donations to the 20 July Victims account opened shortly in the aftermath at IndeBank in Mzuzu. The account number is – 0109476410116.

“The death and suffering of those individuals have made us who we are as a people and have also given us hope. Hope is the biggest investment in that it can bring peace, creativity and development,” Church and Society Programme of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Director Moses Mkandawire told Nyasa Times.

There is also an  appeal for the construction of tombstones for those that lost their lives that day and compensation for all those who lost property, life and sustained injuries.

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