Malawi clocks 25 years in democracy, Mwenifumbo demands Freedom Day Holiday back

Malawians are today quietly commemorating 25 years of multiparty democracy with legislator Frank Mwenifumbo calling on the government to bring back Freedom Day Holiday and remember the gallant freedom fighter Chakufwa Tom Chihana.

Mwenifumbo: Bring back freedom day

Ex-president Bakili Muluzi pleased with democratic freedoms

Chakufwa Chihana victory salute to supporters

This day, 25 years ago, Malawians braved the chilly weather to cast their votes in favour of the multiparty democracy as the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) warned that multipartism was war.

Before June 14, 1993, Kamuzu Banda ruled with an iron fist, his critics whom he called dissidents were either killed or they went into exile as the MCP paramilitary wing, the Malawi Young Pioneers, the notorious youth wing of the party, the youth league and the now disbanded police secret intelligence, the Special Branch reigned terror and curtailed all birth freedoms.

In an interview, Mwenifumbo said the government should consider recognising the day by bringing back the holiday.

“This is the great day for Malawi. We should always remember this day, the freedom day, it changed the whole political ball game from one party rule to multiparty democracy,” he said.

Mwenifumbo, who now leads a divided Alliance for Democracy (Aford) founded by the father of democracy in Malawi said Malawians should always remember those who sacrificed their lives to bring about the hard won democracy.

“We should always remember the brave, selfless people who include Chakufwa Chihana. The MCP government warned him not to come to Malawi to fight for multiparty democracy because he would be meat for crocodiles but he defied that,” said Mwenifumbo.

Mwenifumbo, who was personal assistant to Chihana in the 1990s, said 25 years ago, it was unimaginable that Malawi could revert to multiparty democracy.

The government replaced the freedom day with Kamuzu Day in honour of a man credited of killing, jailing and exiling many Malawians for political reasons.

First president in Malawi’s multiparty democracy, Bakili Muluzi said he was impressed with the way Malawians are now enjoying the hard won democracy.

“I am satisfied with the democracy we have, I know we have some challenges; economic problems and lack of jobs but freedom is more important than money in the pocket,” said Muluzi who gallantly fought for democracy along side Chihana and was himself imprisoned for his fight against Kamuzu autocratic rule.

He however cautioned that freedom comes with responsibilities, saying there is room for improvement on the democracy.

Muluzi called on Malawians to work hard saying even in democracy, money does not come that easy and cheap.

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GONANI
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GONANI

I am not into these sentimental narratives. an abnormal out pour of negative emotions usually results into exaggerations of any situation.
However saturated with hatred for M C P some people may be, they will never succeed to demonise the good work which the M C P did.

Makolija
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Makolija

Akulu! Stick to stealing AFORD from Enoch Chihana!

Mumuva Kuwawa
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Mumuva Kuwawa

Are we free when we cannot have basic needs that we need everyday. If you ask me, Kamuzu days were far better than the 25 years you are mentioning . Be honest, Malawians are not free yet.

Chigoga
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Chigoga

Kamuzu Banda days were bad. Were we free under Kamuzu?

Popapo
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Popapo

Abolish this Kamuzu day and let us have Freedom Day.

Chikoka
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Chikoka

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gebuza
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Gebuza

Mwenefumbo, who took out freedom day? And where were you that time? Why didn’t you say that? Iweyo Nthawi ija munali ndi mbali ya bingu mumavomereza zimenezi. Bakili anchotsa maina onse a Kamuzu kuphatikizapo Kamuzu day. Bingu anabwezeretsa inuyu munali kuimbera mmanja, tsopano you have imposed kuti you are Aford president with confusion and conflict from pp then you say freedom day ibwerere. Achinyamata aku Mzuzu university anakuchititsa manyazi you don’t sit down and reflect for you to restart your journey.

M'Malawi Weniweni
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M'Malawi Weniweni

What is being missed by people talking about dawn of democracy is that about 43 people were killed and many injured and imprisoned in April 1992 when Malawians protested one party rule following arrival of Chihana to challenge the Ngwazi

Youna
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Youna

Which freedom?
Freedom to theft.

kadeti
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kadeti

Wasowa chokamba kadeti wa rulling party uyu. tazingodya chuma chako unapanga ndi malemu Bingu wa Muthalika. tikudziwa kuti ndalama zonsezo zither kulipilira mayi msungama ku hotel ndi ma airticket kupita ku London

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