By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
Malawi Congress Party Vice President Harry Mlekanjala Mkandawire says President Chakwera prioritizes unity as a tool for national development.
Mkandawire was speaking on Friday, August 5,2022 at Kasoka Village of Traditional Authority Fukamapiri in Nkhata-Bay where family members, chiefs, religious leaders, politicians and villagers gathered to celebrate the life of late Wellington Manowa Chirwa and also unveil his mausoleum.
“I have been sent by President Lazarus Chakwera to thank you the Synod of Livingstonia and the Manowa family for raising one of the great sons of the nation. Late Wellington Manowa Chirwa played a big role in liberation of this country. This is history that can never be deleted, and President Chakwera is aware of that, hence sending me to represent him and deliver this message,” said Mkandawire.
“President Chakwera wants this country to be united, he does not want us to be divided either through tribalism or in any other way, for we are all Malawians. Everywhere even in churches, let us preach unity and emphasize on that.”
Mkandawire who is also Deputy Minister of Defence said late Manowa Chirwa also preached unity as a church leader.
He added that the departed freedom fighter was passionate of his country and as a politician, he preached contact and dialogue all the time.
Mkandawire compared late Chirwa to African icons like Abel Muzalewa of Zimbabwe and Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
The MCP vice president told the gathering that Manowa Chirwa left a good legacy that shall forever reign saying Malawi’s history can not be written without Nkhata-Bay district being mentioned.
Nkhata-Bay is well known for raising and producing icons in politics and law like retired justice Richard Banda, late Aleke Banda, Clement Kadali, Orton Chirwa, and Manowa Chirwa himself who also did constitutional law, just to mention but a few.
Late Wellington Manowa Chirwa was born on December 25,1916 and died on June 4, 2004.