Malawi remembers fallen soldiers

A two-minute silence have been held and services took place across the country on Sunday to remember  the country’s war dead during the annual Remembarance Sunday event.

The silence was followed by The Last Post, sounded by the Malawi Defence Force.

President Mrs  Joyce Banda led the nation in paying homage to the fallen heroes of the two world wars by laying the first wreath at the Zomba War memorial cenotaph near Cobbe Barrack and Malawi ‘s Maximu Prison.

Malawian soldiers were killed in both World Wars when they joined Britain as Kings African Rifles.

Among the dignitaries that also laid wreaths of during the function were the Malawi leader of opposition, John Tembo and Chief Secretary to Cabinet, Bright Msaka.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Chimunthu Banda pays respect to the fallen heros after laying his wreath.

Members of the diplomatic corps such as the British High commissioner, Michael Nevin, envoys  from Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa also laid their wreaths.

Reverend Daniel Gunya of the CCAP church led members of the clergy in offering prayers followed by Sheik Adima Yasin of the Muslim community and Father Dennis Kamalo of the Catholic Church in Zomba diocese who prayed for peace in Malawi as well as the world.

Other events were held in the capital Lilongwe and Mzuzu in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Malawi asrmy spokesman said the commemorations this year were “as important as ever”.

In Lilongwe, Vice president Khumbo Kachal laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in the city centre where Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda, Deputy MDF Commander Lieutenant  General John Nsonthi  jr, Malawi Police Service Commissioner Nelson Bophani, two =War Veterans retired Brigadier Kadzuwa and retired Warrant Officer  Suwedi  Suleya,  representatives for countries such as Ireland, China, Japan, the United States of America, France, Norway, India, Zimbabwe, Red Cross Society and St. John’salso laid his wreath.

In Mzuzu, Minister of Defence, Ken Kandodo  led the event and laid wreath at the Stone of Remembrance.

Staff Sergeant Mohande, who fought in the Second World War of 1939-45 laid a wreath on behalf of all the old soldiers.

Currently, Malwi army has over 20 wounded soldiers in its memorial homes.

Remembenrace Sunday is also observed in other parts of the world and the Queen of Bratain led the  event in London where Malawi High Commissioner Benard Sande also laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

Representative of the War Veteran and a serving Soldier lay their wreaths. Pic by Felix Washon, Mana
President Mrs.Joyce Banda laying her wreath at the war memorial pillar in Zomba.-Pic Francis Mphweya-MANA
Leader of opposition John Tembo (left) and retired General Namwali looking at the pillar during the function.Pic Francis Mphweya/Mana
Commander of the Defence force General Henry Odilo Wecoming the state President Mrs.Joyce Banda at the Zomba war memorial pill
The British High commissioner Michael Nevin on his way to lay his wreath during the function.Pic Francis Mphweya-MANA
Vice President Khumbo Kachali lays the wreath at the Lilongwe War Momorial Tower. pics by Felix Washon, Mana

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