By Chisomo Phiri
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday, May 14, 2022 directed Minister of Tourism Micheal Usi to engage the family of former President Bingu Wa Mutharika on how best government can come in and take care of his resting place ‘Mpumulo wa bata’ at Ndata in Thyolo.
Chakwera says as a nation Malawi would have no moral ground to preach about unity and yet fails to bury past political differences and accord the deserving respect and honor to past Presidents like the late Wa Mutharika.
The President was speaking during the commemoration of the first Malawi’s President Hastings Kamuzu Banda popular known as ” Gwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda” at an event that held under military honours and a memorial church service at Kamuzu Mausoleum in the capital Lilongwe.
Writing on his facebook wall after the event Chakwera also said the attributes of Kamuzu’s historic day invoke great memories of a statesman who laid foundations of the nation of Malawi on four cornerstones of Unity, Loyalty, Obedience and Discipline.
He said as a nation, Malawians should remain obliged to remember and celebrate his life and contributions for it is his legacy where they can draw a number of lessons that are key to Malawi’s progress as a nation.
He added that his life must impress upon all subsequent generations as a spirit of hard work, unity, nation building, contact and dialogue.
” It is my deep desire that as we remember him year in and year out, we must do so while building upon the good he left for the progress of our great land,” wrote Chakwera.
Meanwhile, the Malawi leader disclosed that he has directed the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife to engage the family of Malawi’s third President, late Bingu Wa Mutharika, to agree on how best government can help in caring for his resting place at Ndata Farm in Thyolo.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda was born in 1905.
He was a leader in Malawi’s struggle for independence, and he became the country’s first president.
As an acknowledged nationalist, he nevertheless frankly advocated trade and diplomatic relations with white-dominated African countries.
He died at the Garden City Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on 25 November 1997, from respiratory failure.