New tomb for Malawi pro-democracy hero Chakufwa Chihana,  President Mutharika announces

President Peter Mutharika has announced plans that his government will construct a a high-tech tomb for Malawi’s pro-democrcay hero Chakufwa Tom Chihana.

Mutharika: Chakufwa Chihana deserves a decent tomb

Chakufwa Chihana victory salute to supporters in the fight for democracy

Chihana’s abandoned grave in Mzuzu

The mausoleum will include a library housing Chihana’s memorabilia.

Mutharika disclosed  this  in Bolero during a ground breaking ceremony for Rumphi,Nyika chitipa road
The President  said his government  recognizes the important role that  Chihana played in his brave fight against one party dictatorship  and champion multiparty democracy in this country as such he deserves to be honored.

“I knew Chihana back then, we once worked together outside this country and we have met several times when we were together in exile. As such I recognize the good works he has done for this country and hope every Malawian dose.

“Thus why we are to construct a Mausoleum in honor of Tom Chakufwa Chihana at that same place he is resting. We have already talked to the Chihana family and soon the project will commerce,” said Mutharika in a speech broadcast on national radio.

Commenting on the remarks, Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo said as president  of  Alliance  for Demcorcay (Aford)  he is thankful to the President and his government for considering his call to construct a Mausoleum for Chihana.

“As the president for AFORD which Chihana founded let me thank the President Professor Peter Muthalika, on behalf of all the members of AFORD we have been horned as you know Chihana played a big role as far as multiparty Democracy is concerned in Malawi,” said Mwenifumbo.

“This is also a sign of unity he has respected the people from the north for honoring their hero” he added. Muntharika has made the announcement just a few weeks after Mwenifumbo asked the government to
construct a Mausoleum for Chihana during the just closed parliament sitting.

Chihana’s tiny grave in the city of Mzuzu behind Reserve Bank of Malawi remains a desolate, abandoned site despite earlier government promises to erect a mausoleum befitting the fallen trade union, human rights activist and served as the country’s second vice-president.

The grave has a faded Chihana portrait hanging under a falling roof, marked with untrimmed flowers, overgrown grass, and heavy dust settling on the unguarded grave, conjuring an eerie image, especially at night.

Former president Bakili Muluzi in 2014 donated K1 million (about $2 000) towards the upgrading of the grave site of Chihana.

The late Chihana, is also among 37 individuals and organisations from 24 countries that were awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award since 1984. He got his award in 1992.

On 6 April 1992, Chakufwa Tom Chihana walked into the den of lions when he landed at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) and openly did the unthinkable. He challenged the entrenched Kamuzu Banda’s 31-year-old autocratic rule under the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Effectively, he put into motion, with others, a movement that saw the feared MCP regime crumble; hence entered into the annals of history as one of the founding fathers of Malawi’s multipartyism.

Chihana died in June 2006.—Additional reporting  by Judith Moyo, Nyasa Times

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LEGO
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Since 2006,now its when you recognise Chakufwa Tom Chihama the role he played to bring Multiparty in country.Don’t fool us because you want people to vote you.Only GOD knows what Chihana did to the people of Malawi not you.The freedom you are enjoying now it is because of HIM CHAKUFWA SIMBI CHIHANA.You were no where for this freedom and not you want to bring your dictatorship with your so called cadets,to hell.Your days are numbered.

Dangerous DPP
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Chilima wadula mavoti and now the north is important. Do not accept this thief please. He must go. There are better people than Pita Muthalika.

Our Country Our Blood Movement#2019
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Alomwe you did not fight for this country koma mukudyeleratu kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

pathfinder
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pathfinder

what do you mean alhomwe did not fight for this country? zooti ife alhomwe ndi amene tinayiyamba nkhondo sukudziwa? panyero pako iwe, ukuona ngati JOHN CHILEMBWE ndi mtumbuka? ndi mulhomwe amene uja aise wa ku Chiradzulo. kamba mfundo ina ada.

Charlie brown
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Charlie brown

4 years later grandpa promises the north a new tomb stone ,you guys from the north are very happy you will have a new tomb stone ..I wonder who is fooling who,mudzingopakidwa msuzi pakamwa Nyama atadya anzanu..The north should wake-up and realise that they are always used and dumped..He has also promised
a new road to link you guys with Mozambique (what’s going on here does he take you for idiots)..
Khaya zanu izo

CHIPYELERO
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CHIPYELERO

Indeed too late too little

QueenB
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QueenB

I guess Chihana will wake up from his grave just because he will get a new tombstone. Why didn’t the government offered one in the first place?

NyasaMana
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NyasaMana

Trying to score cheap points. This thief, where were you the past 5 years?

Chindere
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Chindere

Too little too late!

Wakukaya
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Mwenifumbo you not president of AFORD don’t deceive people. It’s better you keep quite on AFORD issues until everything is clear .

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

Why are people from the north always appeased by the government? So they will vote DPP just because APM has promised a new-tomb for Chihana. What benefit does it have? Heros are not defined by their tombs, but by their lives. Tomb or no tomb will not change who Chihana was. And the question we should be asking why now? Tomb for Votes? Shame

naphili
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naphili

Politics dont come as cheap as this! So Northerners are going to vote in large numbers now because of Chihanas new tomb, really! Is there anybody educated in Malawi who can stop his nonsense! I think Chilima can. Go young man and DO NOT allow any of the recycled politicians in your movement! Forget them. They have failed the country miserably.LEAVE THEM OUT COLD!

Desese
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Desese

Kungofuna kunamiza anthu “to win votes” from the Northerners. Zaka zonsezi osanena bwanji ?? A Mwenefumbo mwalowa liti upulezidenti wa AFORD. Munali kuti nthawi yonseyi. Mbava zokha zokha !!!!!

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