Malawi to have a heroes acre – President Banda

President Joyce Banda has disclosed that government will have a site for Malawi’s  first-ever national heroe’ acre.

Banda was speaking at Nkhata-Bay on Sunday during a Martyrs Remembrance Day Memorial Service. The theme for the service was: ‘With God, it’s possible to build and develop Malawi.’

The Malawi leader disclosed that she had instituted a Ministerial Committee to look into the possibility of having a heroes’ acre.

“We as government have constituted a committee to come up with a hero’s acre to honour those who have done great things,” she said.

President Banda and the First Gentleman lays a wreath on the martys memorial pillar in Nkhatan Bay
President Banda and the First Gentleman lays a wreath on the martys memorial pillar in Nkhatan Bay

“We want as a country to have a heroes’ acre where our fathers who fought for our freedom should be cared for and reburied at one place if their families accept. But if they will not, then where they are we will rebury them,” President Banda said.

President Banda said that the committee would go to Karonga where Dunduzu Chisiza is buried, famous pro-democracy campaigner Chakufwa Chihana’s home district of Rumphi to ask their relatives if they would rebury them at heroes’ acre.

“As a nation we must honour all people that have done great things for our nation,” she said, adding “I will not rest until I bring to fruition my dream of having a heroes’ acre.”

The President assured that the 2013-2014 financial plan, government would consider putting aside money for the heroes’ acre.

She cited as an example Zimbabwe which she said had a heroes’ acre where all heroes who fought for Zimbabwe’s freedom are buried.

Government insiders said the land for establishing the acre has already been identified.

The national heroes’ acre is expected to be set up along the M1 Road approaching Kamuzu International Airport [KIA], on the piece of land opposite to the site where American pop singer Madonna wanted to build a girls academy.

The national heroes’ acre is expected have an information centre, library and literature centre to enable people to easily identify Malawi’s great people.

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