Zambia’s 2nd lady in Malawi, pays tribute to late Kamuzu Banda

As Malawians were last week celebrating the life of the country’s founding leader, Dr Hasting Kamuzu Banda, Zambia’s Second lady, Charlotte Scott, silently flew into the country to join in the revels and pay tribute to the fallen ruler.

Madame Scott, who arrived in the country Monday this week through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), remembered late Kamuzu by laying a wreath at his mausoleum in the capital, Lilongwe on Tuesday.

According to Press Attaché at the Zambia High Commission in Lilongwe, Chansa Kabwela, after visiting Kamuzu’s mausoleum, the Zambian Second Lady, accompanied by Zambia’s High Commissioner to Malawi, Billy Munyumbwe, diplomatic staff and other government officials, also visited the War Memorial Tower.

The tower, constructed a few kilometers from the mausoleum, is a cultural landmark where Malawian fallen heroes who fought in the First and Second World Wars and the struggle for the country’s independence are remembered.

Mrs Scott: Paid a visit to Malawi
Mrs Scott: Paid a visit to Malawi

Later in the afternoon, Scott graced the official launch by President Joyce Banda of a maternity waiting home in Dowa District, some 70 kilometres North East of the capital.

Every year, Malawians celebrate the legacy of Kamuzu on May 14 (his birthday) and this year, President Banda led thousands of people at the main event held in Kasungu district, home of the departed leader.

Kamuzu Day was set aside for Malawians to celebrate the life of the late president whose reign ended ignominiously in 1993 after Malawians resoundingly rejected him having ruled the country for 31 years before his death on November 25, 1997.

During his reign, Malawians lived under what many considered an autocratic state.

Charlotte, the wife of Zambia’s second gentleman, Guy Scott, a white 69-year-old Zambian, is also a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex in Britain and was again scheduled to interview President Banda on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before returning to her home.

“The interview with President Banda will be published in the September 2013 issue of the IDS Bulletin [where Scott is the co-editor] and will consist of other papers from other influential people from Africa, Asia and Latin America, with special focus on the MDGs and what happens after 2015, the target date for meeting the eight goals,” stated the press attaché.

According to Kabwela, the publication is being timed for release prior to this year’s UN General Assembly and will be launched at the House of Lords in London.

Since taking over reigns, the Patriotic Front (PF) government of Michael Sata has played a benefactor role to Malawi by giving huge donation of fuel despite the commodity also being scarce in his country then.

Sata also ordered his government to export maize to Malawi at a time when hunger was also looming in his country.

Furthermore, Sata appointed a Malawian Judge, Lovemore Chikopa, to chair a special tribunal of the three suspended Zambian judges and has been staying in a Hotel in Zambia for almost a year with the said tribunal reportedly yet to kick off.

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