Malawi commemorate Martyr’s Day in the height of power black out

Malawians are today, Friday commemorating Martyr’s Day, a day people who died for the freedom and improved quality life, are remembered.

The martys memorial pillar in Nkhata Bay

This comes amid heightened power black outs, one of the reasons the martyrs died for. Minister of Information, Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi said the government has not organised national event for the day.

However he urged Malawians to observe the day in silence and with solemnity it deserves. However, in Nkhata Bay, private citizens have organised a memorial service for the martyrs. Spokesperson for the organisers, Masozi Kasambara, said there will be prayers and people will visit Nkhata Bay jetty, where the colonial masters gunned down more people than any where in Malawi during protests for freedom.

He also said the people will visit a cemetary where those who were killed were buried. Finance minister Goodall Gondwe and Civic Education minister Patricia Kaliati will be in attendance.

The commemoration is observed as most parts of the country are going without electricity. Energy minister Bright Msaka said it would take years before the electricity problem is fixed.

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