Mr President last year we converged here and you made a commitment that from this year going forward Kamuzu Day will be a national event organised under your office and here we are celebrating this day together as you promised and for that we say thank you your Excellency
By Malawi Exclusive
Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu has commended President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera for bringing back Kamuzu Day commemoration as a national event.
For more than a decade previous governments have been neglecting the day, leaving all the arrangements to remember the country’s independent President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda in the hands of his family.
Speaking during Kamuzu Day commemoration event on Saturday in Lilongwe, Senior Chief Lukwa said it was sad that despite Kamuzu Banda being an important icon in the history of Malawi, all along the year’s activities marking the day were being organized by the family of the late president.
Senior Chief Lukwa represented Chiefs from Kamuzu Banda’s home, Kasungu.
“Mr President last year we converged here and you made a commitment that from this year going forward Kamuzu Day will be a national event organised under your office and here we are celebrating this day together as you promised and for that we say thank you your Excellency,” said Lukwa.
According to Lukwa, several administrations have come and gone but none has paid special attention to the Kamuzu Day.
on Saturday led Malawians in commemorating the life of the country’s first President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda with a call for citizens to remain united if the country is to achieve national development.
May 14 every year is Kamuzu Day during which Malawians commemorate the independent leader and the first President of the Malawi Congress Party.
The commemoration this year also marks 25 years since Kamuzu died in September 1997.
This year the day is commemorated under the theme ‘Reflecting the culture of unity for national building’.
Addressing people that gathered at the Kamuzu Mousoleum, President Chakwera stressed on the need for the country to remain united despite differences over religious, cultural and political affiliations.
Chakwera said he knows that there are some people who believe that celebrating Kamuzu Day is a waste of time but to him it is a time to reflect on the life of the only president who led this country for a long time and ruled based on the four pillars of Unity, Loyalty, Obedience and Discipline.
“Dr Kamuzu Banda led the country on these four pillars but it was Unity that he prioritised most hence commemorating this day under a theme that reflects on the need for national unity,” said Chakwera.
Meanwhile Chakwera has emphasized on the need to balance between freedom and law.
“When Kamuzu left office in 1994 we made a mistake that the freedom we attained was a license to do whatever we want and that freedom without responsibility has led to lawlessness in several sectors. Just two days ago I assented to 15 bills and those bills are meant to end lawlessness and not an intention to limit one’s freedom. Lawlesseness guarantees freedom for a few individuals while the majority suffers and we must bring an end to that,” said a highly charged Chakwera.
President Chakwera has since directed Minister of Tourism Michael Usi to engage the family of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika on how best government can also honour the late former president.
Others that also spoke at the event were Tourism Minister Michael Usi, a family representative Ken Kandodo and Reverend Francis Mkandawire, Chairperson of the Evangelical Association of Malawi representing the clergy.
During the function Dr Chakwera also made a donation of K1.5 million to the late Kamuzu Banda’s family.