Mutharika gets first poppy, assures war veterans of continued support

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has pledged continued support to the welfare of war veterans who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Mutharika with war veterans
Mutharika with war veterans
Mutharika gets his poppy
Mutharika gets his poppy
Mutharika with a war veteran
Mutharika with a war veteran

APM made the pledge last Friday when he inaugurated the Poppy Week by buying the first remembrance poppy during a ceremony held at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

Mutharika noted with concern that in some instances war veterans have been ignored.

“Indeed from today in remembrance of the noble and gallant fallen heroes of the first and second wars, we will proudly wear the red poppy. Red is the colour of blood as well as sacrifice. This is also reflected on the colour of our Malawian flag.

“It is thus with great pleasure and pride that today I lead Malawians and encourage them to do something in support of the war veterans as symbolized by the poppy flowers,” said Mutharika.

While noting that scores of soldiers die fighting for peace, Mutharika called upon Malawians not take the prevailing peace in the country for granted.

“As we have worn the red poppy since 1921, this implies that we should not take peace for granted because throughout most of the human story, the norm for most of mankind has been war and suffering. It is for this reason that I commend CELOM members and all people of goodwill who have continuously given moral and general support to the war veterans in Malawi,” observed Mutharika.

Mutharika made K1.5 million donation to the Commonwealth Ex-Service League of Malawi (CELOM), a grouping of war veterans.

He also ordered Deputy Defence Minister Jaap Muhango to make a follow up on fundraising initiatives that were hatched by former president Bingu wa Mutharika.

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Nyamtawali
Nyamtawali
6 years ago

I like the comment that says Poly students and prisoners should help in moulding and building structures for the war veterans. I wanted to print this article but am failing. that’s a very good suggestion. Maybe the Deputy Minister can be given a copy of it so that he can see how to go about it. How do you assist Nyasa times?

Arthur G.M. Mtamboa
6 years ago

THANKS MR PRESIDENT FOR YOUR COLOURFUL REMARKS, BUT JUST TO PONIT OUT SOME OF THE SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN BURRIED TO THAT TICKET= FROM THE ISLANDS OF LIKOMA, CHIZUMULU TREASURE ISLAND, MAKANJILA, USISYA,JALAWE, NAMBUMA,
PLEASE MAKE RESEACH AND SUPPORT THEM THE DC S HAVE GOT LISTS.

Nyangabira
6 years ago

Zosangalasa zedi,Amalawi tiyeni titengerepo chisanzo.

Real help
Real help
6 years ago

Why not ask final year architect students and their lecturers at Poly to design cheap 2 bed roomed self contained building units for the veterans. We can then build 1000 standard units for them across the country. Get Malawi prison to mobilize prisoners from nearest prisons to mold and bake bricks, take off 10% of their prison time for all those participating in the brick making so they can be motivated to make good quality bricks. There after get builders and assistants, again prisoners, to build the units. Students from our technical school could then wire and put plumbing facilities… Read more »

Weniweni Balakasa
Weniweni Balakasa
6 years ago

Is he the president of malawi or of cholo and mlanje? I hear him always visiting these two districts like an MP.

Chemwali chimwene
Chemwali chimwene
6 years ago

Nthawi ya Kamuzu timagula the poppies ndalama imathandiza anthu a ku wounded ku Zomba koma multiparty inathetsa zonse. Now we are pretending that this is new. Tingobweretsa zomwe tinkachitazo basi. Ma poppy agulitsidwe November yenseyu. Tsiku la ku chipilalanso libwerere.

Mlazi Nkhoma
Mlazi Nkhoma
6 years ago

Mmmmmm that’s a good speech

shamela banda
shamela banda
6 years ago

Nice

Limbi
Limbi
6 years ago

Thanks for your kind assistance to these veterans

They suffer a lot in many ways and what you have done is a good example for all of us to emulate

Thumb up for APM

Maxi Luke
Maxi Luke
6 years ago

Zoonad mwanenazi bwana APM

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