Military parades in cities kick-start ‘celebrations’ for Malawi 53 years of independence from British colonial rule 

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers trooped into the cities of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu on Wednesday to match in a symbolic military parade to kick-start celebrations to mark  53 years of independence since the end of British colonial rule.

Malawi is celebrating 53 years of Independence from British colonial rule

Slow march: Malawi is celebrating 53 years of Independence from British colonial rule

Soldiers parade in cities as  Malawi is celebrating 53 years of Independence from British colonial rule

In the commercial capital Blantyre, the parade started from the Clock Tower Round About to the Independence Arch along the Chipembere Highway.

The former capital city Zomba there was also parades which will be followed by a free family music at Gymkhana Club.

In the capital city Lilongwe, the military parade took place from Crossroads complex to the memorial tower at Area 18 which will climax with a live music performance by the Black Missionaries Band later in the evening.

Mzuzu also had   a military parade from soldiers of Moyale Barracks, amongst other functions.

Malawi, which now faces a cash crisis and high unemployment, has cut most of the expenditures to mark the independence this year.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Joseph Mwanamvekha said President Peter Mutharika will preside over the main celebrations at Bingu International Convention Centre on Thursday, July 6 from 10am where there will be thanks-giving prayers.

Mwanamvekha said the prayers will be held under the theme ‘Thanking God for a Season of Plenty’.

We want to celebrate the good rains and the bumper harvest that Malawi has experienced in the 2016/17 farming season. Malawi is one of the blessed nation as some countries have not done that well,” said Mwanamveka.

The other event to celebrate the day is a football match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Big National Stadium.

Malawi attained independence from the United Kingdom on the 6th of July, 1964 and became a republic on the 6th July, 1966 with the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becoming the first president of the republic of Malawi.

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Nyasatimes you are also regionalistic. This is so because you don’t elaborate the events happening in northern region. For the army parade, when it comes to mzuzu city, you don’t say from this place to that place. Honestly speaking you are not giving full details of the events in the region hence rationalistic


Stupid malawians. You should have left the colonialists to continue ruling you. You might have been at an advanced stage by now, not like a society of retards. Realistically Malawi is still in 1985.


What is there to celebrate? Certainly not 53 years of progress. Be honest and accept that the British did and are still doing more for Malawi than any president or government has done over the past 53 years of self-government.

winston msowoya
Malawians,are we really independent in the real sense? 53 years after the departure of the British rulers ,we are still dependent on foreign aid otherwise,we could not run our economies.Thanks to DONOR NATIONS FOR THEIR tremendous hosipitalities that have enabled our economies to remain afloat at least hitherto.There are very few African States like Botswana which has at least,reached the position of being independent,WELL DONE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.The funds which are sent to us by DONOR NATIONS,are channeled to personal interests by the leaders and their serviles leaving a drop of it to the masses of our people.So long as… Read more »

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