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By Kenson McCloud & Vyalema Kaluluma Phiri
President Lazarus Chakwera has called on Malawians to create a nation which would be enjoyed by all, as envisioned by the Martyrs when they fought for the liberation in the late 50’s.
The president made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace during the Ceremonial Guard Mounting as the country commemorates Martyrs day which falls on the 3rd March every year.
Among other attendees were vice president Saulos Chilima and Minister of Tourism and Culture Micheal Usi.
History tells us history over 51 people were killed and 1000 others detained after the British Government declared a nation of emergency in 1959.
Chakwera said, “It is important to reflect on the significance of this day as it laid the foundations and the birth of the republic five years later.”
He applauded different patriots in different districts who fought with bravely defying the system then to ensure the nation was saved from colonial rule.
“On this day, it is important to come together as a nation to honor the resolve and sacrifice these martyrs demostrated to free our country,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera then appealed that it is every person’s responsibility to take part in ensuring that people leave a better nation to the new generations.
Meawhile a renowned historian, Crispin Mphande has cautioned the Tonse Alliance led-government to tread carefully when coming up with a list of political victims for compensation.
For years the bereaved families of the Martyrs have been asking the previous governments to compensate families of the fallen political heros, but to no avail.