By Malawi News Agency
President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday inaugurated the Poppy week at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and bought a Poppy flower at K1 million calling on the public to fully assist the retired soldiers who fought in two World Wars.
In his remarks, Mutharika said he was aware of the challenges the war veterans and ex-soldiers are facing and that he will do anything possible to support them while they are alive.
He emphasized the need for the war survivors to get the best support from government and all citizens for their improved welfare.
President Mutharika noted that while other countries are doing remarkably well in honoring their war heroes, Malawi cannot afford to lag behind hence the need to scale up the support rendered.
“I appeal to all Malawians to support this noble task by buying poppies and wear them with pride,” said Mutharika.
Currently, there are no more soldiers who fought in First World War which took place from 1914-1918 but those who fought in the Second World War which ran from 1935-1945 and are still alive.
Veteran Ex-Soldiers League of Malawi (Velom) Chairperson, Major Fr. Martin Mthumba concurred with the president on the need to support the war heroes.
He called on other well wishers to join hands with government in making efforts to improve the ex-soldiers lives.
Malawi Defense Force (MDF) Deputy Commander Clement Namangale said every year in the month of November reminds them of the people who sacrificed themselves for the world peace.
He said, November this year would be a bit unique whereby they would be witnessing the birth of a large organization whose mandate is not only to look at the welfare of war veterans but also the welfare of those military personnel who served patriotically and retired honorably.
“As you are aware the remembrance day also known as the Poppy day is a memorial day that is observed by the commonwealth nations and nowadays even wider than that,” said Namangale.
This year’s Poppy day will be commemorated on November 12, 2017 in all the three regions of Malawi.