Mutharika pays tribute to ex-Malawi leaders at 54th independence celebration: Hail Kamuzu, Muluzi, Bingu

President Arthur Peter Mutharika Friday paid tribute to former Malawi leaders, saying the country is on the right path of development because the previous governments laid foundation through the specific roles they played.

Mutharika waves at the crowds on arrival at Mzuzu Stadium

President mutharika inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Malawi Defence Force

President Mutharika talking to Army Commander Griffin Supuni Phiri

Traditional dances during the celebrations

Mutharika was speaking in Mzuzu during the 54th Independence Celebration’s at Mzuzu Stadium that were characterized by military displays, traditional dances and a football match.

“We are making progress worth celebrating and we need to pay tribute to the past leaders.

“Kamuzu Banda was the father and founder of this nation. Bakili Muluzi led us into democracy and late Bingu [wa Mutharika], through the DPP [Democratic Peoples’ Party], had set Malawi on the real path of development,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika also praised other prominent figures such as late Chakufwa Chihana whom he said was one of the pioneers of the fight against Banda’s dictatorship during Malawi Congress Party (MCP) rule.

The President urged Malawians to learn to sacrifice for the country as was the case with other freedom fighters such as late Orton Chirwa, and late Masauko Chipembere.

Mutharika said it is time for Malawians to celebrate the rising again of social economic development saying Malawi is moving in the right path.

He said in 2004, life expectancy was at 37 years but increased to 62 in 2017.

Mutharika added that Malawians are able to import an average of 500 cars in a month and that filling stations are everywhere across the country.

His said his government will continue with various developments for the wellbeing of Malawians.

The celebration’s main organising committee chairperson, Minister of Agriculture and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha commended the President for sparing time to celebrate the day with Malawians.

Notable faces at the function were Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, former Vice-President Khumbo Kachali and First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje and cabinet ministers.

Conspicuously missing were Vice-President Saulos Chilima and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera.

Among other activities, the event was marked by a military parade by Malawi Defense Forces, displays by Malawi Police Service, traditional dances and a football match between Moyale Barracks and Be Forward Wanderers.

 

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

All political leaders have failed Malawians full stop. to celebrate successes at the time when people are dying is one of the highest sins any human being can ever commit. Mr President, please admit your failures (and also do the same for those before you) so that we can move forward. If what you see and witness today is development then my lord have mercy. Mr president, anthu akuvutika osati masewera. Just ask your wife…he will tell you the truth a bambo. Malawi is rated as one of the poorest country in the world with the worst gene coefficient. As… Read more »

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Kufuna kupusitsa ovota, tiziti ali ndi chikondi ndi atsogoleri akale, watha fasho uyooooo!

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Muthalika I have to be honest to you.The fact is that,there has never been a lucid development in Malawi since the first despot came into power in 1964.If by building the sanjikas,you mean development? if touring the country from South to North for crop inspection,accompanied by the horde of prostitutes singing for the bloody Wamuyaya(immortal),is that development,wasting millions of public funds is that development guile? In fact most of these women,were married so it means these women were used by the Party officials who accompanied the shameless despot. and most of them returned diseased with gonorrhea and the husbands could… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

It wasn’t the time and place to mention their failures. All human beings have their faults and their good side. This time around Peter was focusing on their good side. In most cases Peter has been castigating these old rulers from 1964.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

That included your mom, maybe you were conceived during that time

Mmalawi
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Mmalawi

You are obviously blinded by deep hate for Dr Banda. It’s a fact that he laid a foundation for a better Malawi even though there were lots of other things he didn’t do well. Talk of the Chiweta road, Mzuzu City, the various TTCs, secondary schools and district hospitals in the north; were they not developments?

Cim
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Cim

JB told us that you are a thief.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

Why was not Joyce Banda mentioned? You think she contributed nothing for the two years she was in power? This means that your tribute was not sincere.

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