Muluzi pays tribute to Aleke posthumously: ‘ Malawi govt should honour AKB’

Former president Bakili Muluzi on Saturday paid tributes to one of his former ministers Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, popularly known as AKB, saying  he remembers him for, among others, his unwavering efforts to bring about change in the country’s politics.

Unveiling of AKB  tombstone in a ceremony preceded by a prayer service.

Muluzi was speaking as a ceremony which  family members, friends and colleagues gathered at Chirimba in Blantyre to unveil AKB tombstone. Aleke  died on April 9 in 2010.

Said Muluzi: “Aleke Banda was one of the few great men I have ever worked with. He was very intelligent. We are supposed to name something, such as a road after him, to appreciate his work”.

Muluzi expressed worry that nine years down the line, government has not yet honoured AKB as his younger brother Dikani Banda, who represented the family, said AKB is one of the country’s heroes government ought to honour.

“This man deserves to be honoured. As a family, we have done our part by honouring him. We have named one of the roads in the village [Tukombo in Nkhata Bay] ‘Kadonaphani Avenue’ to appreciate the great work he did to our family and the nation as whole,” he said.

Mama Kadzamira also hailed Aleke as one of the three best people she had worked with during the late Kamuzu Banda’s regime.

While Minister of Information  Henry Musa, who is also government spokesperson, described AKB as a very patriotic citizen who wished his country well.

The deceased’s first-born son, Masankho Banda, remembered his father as one of those prophets whose prophecies have been fulfilled.

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There Truth Shall Free Malawi
There Truth Shall Free Malawi
1 year ago

Muluzi did not allow UDF to pick its own leader but imposed Bingu as the UDF Presidential candidate. Muluzis have no shame. Muluzi is the father of corruption in Malawi. Muluzi has destroyed Malawi’s democracy.

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
1 year ago

Another big FART from BAKILI Muluzi playing his political pranks. How desperate are the Aleke family to rope in this rogue into such a function? Aleke has many studs to his belt while Bakili was busy stealing £6/0/0 six pounds Aleke was busy building our nation.with our despot Kamuzu. Cecilia Kadzamira attending the function in her capacity as Conspirator in chief by sending Aleke to Mikuyu jail she is in twilight of her days every gathering matters seeking adulation a bit of whitewashing. UDF is now in tatters owing to Bakili dynastic ambitions as he frustrated and broke the presidential… Read more »

Kaka
Kaka
1 year ago

Orton Chilwa, lyabunya just to mention a few

Nganga B
Nganga B
1 year ago

Bakili Muluzi bodza silizamthera. He was President of Malawi for 10 Years. Why did he not find it fit to honour AKB that time.?

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
1 year ago
Reply to  Nganga B

In fact Muluzi ignored AKB and Malewezi for presidency rather opted for an outsider Bingu. That’s why UDF ikutha ngati makatani. Selfishness of the Muluzi family, his son is the only cabinet minister in APM government

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
Gerald Mapanga Phiri
1 year ago

Its very strange from government not honouring Aleke Banda. He has long history from liberation to multiparty. He fought all those struggles on front line and won. He never run away to foriegn nations, he prepared to die inside the country even he had opportunity for exile, He has better history than other presidents who ruled the country without creditual struggles who just stole opportunity for being the leaders. Government must look on his name should not just be burried like that

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Koma munthu, Mama akuti he was one of the best people she worked with….yet she watched as her husband locked him in a cell for many years. Imagine what the MCP did to Orton Chirwa and his wife Vera. MCP assasins kidnapped them from Zambia in 1981 and locked them up in Solitary confinement. Orton was kept in arm and leg chains all the time until his limbs couldn’t move, the room was so dark that he became partially blind and deaf, he was only allowed to see his wife for a few minutes in 1992 thanks to British legal… Read more »

Yohan
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

We did not need there political ideologies at that time ( way too early) , it was not the right time; they could have caused civil unrest (my be a war) because there were sponsored by the colonist. ‘You can’t murder, kill, rape and plunder thousands of your countrymen’ …that’s true but this did not happen here in Malawi just your exaggeration and personal anger; but yes in neighboring countries like; Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa,Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria and others. At that time Kamuzu as an individual (not as MCP) was on the onset developing Malawi and it’s… Read more »

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
1 year ago
Reply to  Yohan

What do you mean you did not need those political ideologies that time? Just accept zinali nkhanza zofuna kupepetsa basi. That’s what scares some people with such adamant nonrepetant attitudes with some MCP diehards

Yohan
1 year ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

It’s very unfortunate and sad that they had to through that; but many did not die nor villages perish because of a war here in Malawi ever since: this is a very remarkable and beautiful thing. Right know all we need is an honest dialogue on how we can transform Malawi e.g diversifying farming and come up with a real and effective cash crop to replace tobacco. Let’s learn from countries like Canada, Paraguay, Lesotho and even the US. Let’s put away stereotype and face it, Malawi will never develop and will remain poor if we don’t find a way… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago
Reply to  Yohan

I was there, you cant cheat me on Malawian history. This is why i am saying we cant let MCP people who would love to deny their dirty past to lead this country. As long as you defend MCP atrocities you cannot lead this country.

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

Sorry because you were there, but why they didn’t kill you, are you not the one who was killing them for you to live? What is MCP and what are leaders? If you have the answer, tell me something here, was it leaders who were wrong or a party? If your answer is what I have, LozanI amene anapha anthu in MCP, Kukula kwinaku kopanda nako nzeru eti? Ati tinalipo nthawi imeneyo, ndiye ife tidwale nanu poti munalipo?

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
1 year ago

This man indeed was simply a genius and true to Muluzi’s observation as a country we are failing to honor him by naming any of our public structure after him. And even Muluzi himself had his presidential ambition saved by Aleke Banda and others. Sometime in March 1994 MEC had rejected Bakili Muluzi’s nomination papers because he had a criminal record dating back to the 1960s. Aleke, as the first vice president of the party, led a high powered team of the likes of Brown Mpinganjira, Cassim Chilumpha, Elda Chitalo and others to persuade MEC change its decision. That same… Read more »

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

I met Aleke several times and always admired his intelligence and modesty. I am interested, however, to read the words of praise from Bakili whost style of corruption-politics was totally different

Bule
Bule
1 year ago

Doesn’t Muluzi feel guilty considering the way he treated Aleke Banda in 2003-2004

richard mwandira
richard mwandira
1 year ago

a boma mitu yawo njeee kusaganizirana kukondera thoo thanks a chair pa mfundo yanu

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