By Kondanani Chilimunthaka:
President Lazarus Chakwera has told people of Kenya that their country and Malawi have a lot in common since the early days of fighting for freedom and independence.
He was speaking in the morning of Wednesday, October 20,2021 in Kirinyaga County of Kenya, during the Mashujaa celebrations held at Ung’uru International Stadium.
Malawi leader who was the Chief Guest at the function described Kenya and Malawi as sister countries whose history goes in the same line, saying the struggle for independence in the two countries remains one of the things that bind them together, adding that the fight was against the same foreign oppression led by selfless people who sacrificed their own freedoms for the betterment of the generations to come.
Chakwera further told the Kenyans that the Kenyatta Streets in the three major cities of Malawi named after the founding father of Kenya is a clear evidence that the founder of the Malawi nation regarded the heroes who fought for independence in the two countries as one, worthy recognition even years after their life.
President Chakwera then told the gathering that the similarity in the histories of the two countries, is worth celebrating together during such ceremonies, as they renew the brotherhood between the two countries in struggles faced and shared during colonial rule, and maintain the love and friendship between the two peoples, while igniting the solidarity that the founding fathers for the two nations established. He has since urged the people of the two nations to continue working together in building the better future that can bring them prosperity.
Kenya and Malawi do share some common visions in the sectors of Agriculture, Health, and infrastructure development.
Mashujaa celebrations is a ceremony that recognizes and honors those who have contributed and sacrificed towards Kenya’s independence and development. At least 220 heroes and heroines have been honoured in this year’s celebration at a function that was patronized by different public figures including Kenyan politicians; William Ruto and Raila Odinga.