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    President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, has issued a directive that all families of political heroes that lost their lives in the struggle for independence at the hands of British colonial masters be compensated for what they went through.

    The news came at a time when families of our freedom fighters relentlessly pushed previous administrations for such compensation but to no avail.

    The Malawi leader revealed the good news at this year’s Martyrs’ Day commemorations in honor of the fallen heroes in Nkhatabay.

    “This is the only way we as a country can honor the families for the loss of their loved ones.

    “I therefore direct the Ministry of Justice to work in collaboration with my office to ensure that these families are compensated,” said Chakwera

    The Malawi leader discoursed that Martyrs’ Day should not be regarded in practice as a day of mourning but rather one for celebrating the lives of the fallen heroes. Chakwera also urged Malawians to wear the shoes of the Martyrs who possessed unique resolve to achieve what they deemed necessary for the nation. They depicted a spirit of bravery.

    “Their death brought us freedom that we are all enjoying today.

    “Therefore, we should celebrate this day with happiness.”

    “They showed bravery despite having no weapons against the colonialists. They taught us that a good citizen participates in the affairs of their country despite facing challenges,” he urged Chakwera.

    In his remarks, the Member of Parliament for Nkhatabay Central, Hon Symon Vuwa Kaunda, hailed president Chakwera for accommodating the opposition parties justifying that it allows them to express themselves in national functions. Apart from thanking him for practicing politics of inclusion, Kaunda also lauded the state president for initiating numerous development projects countrywide.

    Speaking in his capacity as Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture, Hon Richard Chimwendo Banda, was in all praise of the Martyrs for fighting against oppressors and liberate the country.

    “The beauty about these people is that they were selfless, they never fought for their own good but rather the whole Malawi,” said Banda

    Speaking on behalf of the families of the departed heroes, Mr. James Thawi hailed Chakwera for listening to their cries and promising to honour their requests.

    Senior Chief Mkumbira, who spoke on behalf of Chiefs, thanked the president Chakwera for supporting them with relief maize flour. However, Mkumbira pleaded for more relief food.

    In attendance at the event included the state Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, former Vice President Khumbo Hastings Kachale, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa, Chiefs and the Clergy.

    Martyrs Day is a public holiday observed in Malawi every year on 3rd March. The holiday was set to honor the political heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism.


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