President Peter Mutharika Friday paid tribute

President Peter Mutharika Friday paid tribute to former Malawi leaders saying the country is on the right path of development because the previous governments laid foundation through the roles they played.
Mutharika was speaking in Mzuzu during the 54
th independence celebrations at Mzuzu Stadium that
were characterized by military displays, traditional dances and a football match.
“We are making progress worth celebrating and we need to pay tribute to the past leaders.
“Kamuzu Banda was the father and founder of this nation. Bakili led us into democracy and late Bingu,
through the DPP [Democratic Peoples Party], had set Malawi on the real path of development,”
Mutharika said.
Mutharika also praised other prominent figures such as Chakufwa Chihana whom he said was one of the
pioneers of the fight against Banda’s dictatorship during Malawi Congress Party (MCP) rule.
The President urged Malawians to learn to sacrifice for the country as was the case with other freedom
fighters such as Orton Chirwa, and Masauko Chipembere.
Mutharika said it is high time Malawians celebrated the rising again of social economic development
saying Malawi is moving in the right path.
He said in 2004, life expectancy was at 37 years but increased to 62 in 2017.
Mutharika added that Malawians are able to import an average of 5000 cars in a month and that filling
stations are everywhere across the country.
His said his government will continue with various developments for the wellbeing of Malawians.
The celebrations’ main organising committee chairperson, Minister of Agriculture and Water
Development Joseph Mwanamvekha commended the President for sparing time to celebrate the day
with Malawians.
Notable faces at the function were Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, former Vice-President Khumbo
Kachali and First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje and several cabinet ministers.
Conspicuously missing were Vice-President Saulos Chilima and Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Lazarus Chakwera.
Among other activities, the event was marked by a military parade by Malawi Defense Forces, displays
by Malawi Police Service, traditional dances and a football match between Moyale Barracks and Be
Forward Wanderers.



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