Malawi falls silent as Mutharika leads nation to remember the armistice, 100 years on

President Peter Mutharika led the nation in remembering 100 years since the end of the First World War 1 on November 11, 1918, during the Remembrance Sunday services held around the country.

Mutharika lays his wreath on Rememberance Sunday
Army and Police chiefs take their wreaths
Lilongwe Mayor Bikoko lays his wreath

A two-minute silence was observed before Mutharika laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in capital Lilongwe .

The function, which saw the soldiers and police clad in their uniform, was colorfully conducted to honour the fallen war heroes who died during the first and second world wars.

Spokesperson of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Major Paul Chiphwanya, said they are doing everything to take care of the welfare of living war veterans.

He said the world wars claimed lives of 10 million combatants and 7 million civilians.

“The wars involved nearly 19, 000 soldiers from Malawi alone. These world wars involved all African nations who fought for their colonial masters, except Ethiopia.

“Malawi has built war memorial houses in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Zomba where we look after the war veterans who do not have any relative to take care of them,” Chiphwanya said.

He further disclosed that MDF has been conducting a series of income generating activities to raise money. The activities include football and netball tournaments played on Friday between the Diplomats and soldiers.

“We expect to raise the sum of K12 million through some activities like charity golf tournaments and other sporting activities to support the health of our war veterans,” he added.

Among other key personalities who laid wreaths after President Prof. Mutharika included Defence Force Commander Supuni Phiri, Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose and Chief Secretary to government, Lloyd Muhara.

Others were, Robin Lowe who represented Leader of Opposition in Parliament Dr Lazarus Chakwera, while Esther Mcheka Chilenje represented Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya, Mayor of Lilongwe City Council Dr Desmond Bikoko and different members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Similar functions were concurrently held in Zomba where the president was represented by Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Cecelia Chazama while in Mzuzu, it was led by Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare, Grace Chiumia.

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Mafumu
Mafumu
2 years ago

It was slavery war. Westerners should compensate Africa

yusabu
yusabu
2 years ago

tisakambe za chilima no at all , iyeyu siwolakwa ayi ,mwana wolimbikila ameneyi

Abiti
2 years ago

They Never be forgotten.

Awanso
Awanso
2 years ago

A senseless war we should never have been involved in. We were used as pawns and we should be asking for compensation from those who dragged us to the frontline

ndele
ndele
2 years ago

kodi kumasowekela ma unifomu a udindo ngati mayor?

ok 100 yrs -kodi ana athu akudziwa bwino bwino za 1st ndi 2nd world war????????????????? mawasatane satane olo masiku ano akungoziwa za ma YOB A DPP KUMAZIPENTA?????????????/
KUMALANDILA ndalama pompo pompo???????/
just a thought

Limma
Limma
2 years ago

Yet another propaganda creation from the oppressors in the West. The so called ‘World War’ was only amongst a few handful countries, even much less when you exclude the other countries and poor individuals that were coaxed into it yet they make it so extremely grand, impossing and brain washing countries like ours to this agenda so that we don’t question nor register our disgust over their conduct in registering and forcing our great grandparents into this war of theirs. A practice which they continue to do today. The British Army has the highest recruitment military campaign in Africa. They… Read more »

psyuta
psyuta
2 years ago

Mwati Chilima waionela pa window function yaikulu ngati imeneyi!!!!!

Vyanunkha
Vyanunkha
2 years ago
Reply to  psyuta

Why and how is this a big function to Malawians?

Noxy
2 years ago
Reply to  Vyanunkha

Chilima is out of touch he is busy receiving free salary in the name of Crusader of Corruption up to May 2019 ife kumangoyang’ana iye akuthamangathamanga ndi zake za chipani.Crook weniweni.

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
Dipipi wa Yudiefu
2 years ago
Reply to  Noxy

Bwanji kumakhala ngati nkhuku kumangoyungwayungwa osadziwa m’mene malamulo amayendera. Umbuli stupid cadet. Muwerenge Constitution muwone zimakhalira kuti president ndi vice achoke paudindo. Simunawone anthu akulemba kuti Constitutional crisis kungomusiya Chilima pa list ya cabinet.

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