Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has asked Malawians to remember Kamuzu Banda on his birthday May 14 – a public holiday in Malawi – by massively voting for the party’s presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera next week.
Benson Onjesi, chairman for the southern region wing of the party said all his successors honoured Kamuzu in various forms so Malawians should vote back the MCP on May 20 so that the good things that people remember Kamuzu for should come back.
“Bingu honoured Kamuzu by bringing back his names in all places or infrastructure named after him, Dr. Joyce Banda has named the New State House after Kamuzu. This shows that Kamuzu was no ordinary person. As people celebrate his legacy, they should vote for the Malawi Congress Party back into power because that is the party that sponsored him to be the first black president of Malawi,” said Onjesi.
Onjesi was speaking ahead of roadshow activities organized by the youth wing of the MCP in the south.
In his last leg campaign activities, Chakwera said he would bring visionary and transformation leadership to bring back Malawi as the land of milk and honey, rekindling the days of Kamuzu.
He said after 50 years of independence, it was pathetic that the public schools which Kamuzu constructed, the health facilities and other public infrastructure are now in sorry state.
Chakwera blamed successors of Kamuzu for not bringing visionary leadership in the country, saying Malawi is not poor but lacks leaders who have the welfare of Malawians are at heart.
Kamuzu died in 1996 in South Africa due to old age and the Bingu administration declared May 14, his official birthday a holiday in 2009.
The whole country, especially major cities which are usually busy with various activities were relatively quiet and in Blantyre there were some cars mounted with public address systems which relentlessly played old Kamuzu songs and part of his historic speeches.
MCP says the party will be back in power on May 20 after 20 years in opposition.