LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Pressure mounts on Lilongwe city council on demands to remove statue at parliament roundabout.
This come as group of concerned youths petitioned Lilongwe City council in June to remove the statue saying it is dirtying the city.
The statue which is said to have cost MK110 million was built by Beam Trust of the former First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.
In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post by the petitioner who is also a concerned citizen Caleb Kawamba has asked the Lilongwe City Council Mayor Juliana Kaduya to remove statue arguing that is giving no meaning hence calling for its removal.
Kawamba has copped the letter to Chief Executive Officer John Chome and Inspector General Malawi Police Service
He added that if given go ahead by Lilongwe city council, as concerned group they are ready to solicit funds to take down the statue.
Below is the full petition:
CITIZENS ACTION, REMOVING OF STATUE AT THE PARLIAMENT
Following the petition to the city council written on 7th July 2020 that was delivered to your office that was signed by thousands of Malawians, and having met you personally on 30th July 2020 regarding this issue, although you and the city council expressed willingness to remove this embarrassing run-of-the-mill statue, I and all those concerned are dismayed by the delay to take action, and so it is for this reason that I write to notify you and the city council of citizens
action to demolish and remove this embarrassment from our capital city.
We have planned to take down this statue on Saturday the 7 th of November 2020.
I would like to propose a meeting on Monday 19th October 2020 to discuss the issue and safety measures to be put in place on the demolition day.
To all concerned Malawians, get your tools ready, it’s time to hammer that thing down and CLEAR THE RUBBLE! details of the demolition plan will be provided through media outlets.
On behalf of my fellow citizens of the city of Lilongwe and Malawians world over, I humbly request for your cooperation.
Caleb Bright Kawamba