By Senior Business Editor
Government has disclosed that it will spend K25 million of the budgeted K400 million on the 58th Independence Celebrations to save resources for other equally important programmes.
The Minister of Lands Sam Kawale, who is chairing the Ministerial Committee on July 6 Independence Celebrations, has also disclosed that this year’s commemoration will not feature activities that traditionally go with the day such as dances, football matches and merrymaking.
Kawale made the remarks when he addressed journalists in Lilongwe on Friday morning.
The Lands Minister, who was accompanied by the Minister of Information and Digitalization, Gospel Kazako, stated that President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has directed that the day should be commemorated with National Service of Worship at Malawi Square, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC).
Kawale said this demonstrates Chakwera’s commitment to living by the set austerity measures, adding that the Tonse Alliance government is everything possible to put available resources to good use.
“The celebration will honour the people of Malawi who are striving to restore an inclusive path to prosperity for all and rising up and working for a better nation,” Kawale said.
In his remarks, Kazako said 6 July is a historical day for Malawians; hence, the government could not just let it go without commemorating it.
“But in keeping with the austerity measures that President Chakwera has put in place, we will not have the usual celebrations,” he said.
The 58th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations will be commemorated under the theme “Rise For a Resilient and Prosperous Malawi.”