By Audrey Kapalamula:
The family of the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Malawi’s founding president, has said as the country commemorates his life through prayers and other activities, they should also pray for the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
One of Kamuzu ’s family members, Rosemary Kazombo-Chilemba, Monday said all was set for the commemoration activities.
“We, as a family, have prepared prayers in the morning whereby we expect so many people to come around the area. We will have other activities including a luncheon,” Kazombo- Chilemba said.
The prayers will take place at Kasungu CCAP Church.
Malawi Congress Party president, Lazarus Chakwera, said people must appreciate that Kamuzu was beyond the party but a national hero who had vision for this country.
“We need to respect our entire leaders; not just pick and choose. Kamuzu’s place can never be taken by anybody else. It’s a good thing to remember some of the things he stood for. We had the best civil service in this country, education system, an agricultural system that was functioning and serving Malawians and everybody was growing and prospering but services have deteriorated,” he said.
Chakwera said people should learn from history and recognise those that have served this country.
Kamuzu, who led Malawi to independence in 1964 and was in power for 30 years, died in 1997 at Garden City Clinic in South Africa.