Malawi govt to construct mausoleum for pro-democrcay activist Chihana

Government says plans are at an advanced stage  for the long awaited mausoleum for one of the architects of the country’s multiparty democracy late Tom Chakufwa Chihana after it  received cabinet approval  during the previous regime and the work will start soon at his cemetery in Mzuzu City.

Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo laying a wreath at Late Chakufwa Chihana cemetery -Pic by Salome Gangire

Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo, disclosed this Wednesday in Mzuzu when he paid homage to late Chihana at his cemetery behind Reserve Bank of Malawi in Mzuzu.

He said: “The Tonse Administration under the leadership of Lazarus Chakwera would like to respect our heroes.

“This is a lesson to young people and the nation that if we respect our heroes, we encourage the living to work hard so that they can be recognised in future.”

Late Chihana, who championed the fight against the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s autocratic rule in 1992 after the Catholic Bishops issued a Pastoral Letter titled ‘Living Our Faith’ died of brain tumor on June 12, 2006 in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

The construction of the mausoleum was approved by Malawi Parliament in 2009 but lacked political will to take shape until in 2012 when  the Joyce Banda  administration through its Cabinet approved its construction.

Mtambo said the construction of the Mausoleum will not only bring the much required dignity to late Chakufwa Chihana as a freedom fighter in the country, and the Cultural Centre will not only enhance the country’s rich culture, but also add beauty to the fast growing City of Mzuzu.

“We need this place to be worked on and give him a befitting burial. This government will make sure that we set a heroes acre where all our heroes can be put so that they are all honoured in this country,” he said.

Church and Society representative, Paul Mvula, asked government to come up with a Heroes Act to ensure all heroes in the country are honoured.

“We have a number of heroes in Malawi and we need to have a proper law that governs on how to deal with them for posterity,” said Mvula.

Chihana’s family representative, Gerald Banda asked government to consider deploying security personnel at Chihana’s resting place.

In his remarks, Mzuzu City Council Mayor, Kondwani Nyasulu said the council is ready to provide land if government want to establish a heroes acre in the city.

Late Dr Chihana was the first President of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) before becoming the country’s second vice president in the Bakili Muluzi government.

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Black berry
Black berry
14 days ago

Good to have him honored. Don’t listen to tribalists. His flight benefitted all of us.

WA KU DOWA
WA KU DOWA
15 days ago

you must be very stupid,fuck THE DIRTY ASSHOLE OF YOUR MOM,,,IDIOT

Al-Baghdad - The Caliph
Al-Baghdad - The Caliph
16 days ago

This a family business why waste Public resources. Heroes are in several categories ie global, national, regional, district, Area and village. Chihana was a northern region hero and not a national. He never acquired national status.

Not my money
Not my money
16 days ago

This is tribalist who sacked non northers from ministry of Agriculture during his time. Even driveres he got from the North. Let notherners contribute to their nepotistic regional man. Not my mkwacha, fotseki

Yeremua
Yeremua
15 days ago

Don’t waste money on this nepostic bamboon

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
16 days ago

This nepotist

Scooby
Scooby
16 days ago

Can you focus on programs that develop the country osati zimenezo. kenako we will hear Orton Chirwa, John Chilembwe etc.

Not my money
Not my money
16 days ago
Reply to  Scooby

Tell them, fools

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