Blantyre, June 22, 2015: Government has earmarked close to K300 million for this year’s independence celebrations scheduled to take place at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Chair for the main organising committee for this year’s Independence Celebrations, Dr Goodall Gondwe who is also the Finance Minister told the Media on Friday that the amount has been increased by K50 million from last year’s event which took place in the Capital, Lilongwe.
“For last year’s independence celebrations we had an allocation of K250 million. However, the amount has gone as high as K300 million because we would like to cater for various necessities as a number of people will be travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre to attend the activity,” said Gondwe.
He further added that this year’s event will be commemorated under the theme ‘Towards Economic Transformation in Malawi for Inclusive Development’.
According to Gondwe, the theme has been chosen to reflect on the need to involve everyone in every activity happening in the country to change Malawi’s economic situation.
He then expressed optimism that through the theme, Malawi, at 51, is likely to economically transform in all aspects of development.
Gondwe added that currently all the preparations regarding the event are at an advanced stage and that the country is expected to host foreign dignitaries.
“We are expecting to have foreign delegates, although it is too soon to indicate where the delegate will come from,” said Gondwe.
Malawi celebrates Independence Day on July 6 every year and the event is normally spiced up by various activities which include military displays.