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Aford pushes for Chihana’s recognition

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Alliance for Democracy (Aford) party members have asked Malawians to remember the party’s founder, the late Chakufwa Thom Chihana, saying he was a genuine politician who fought for Malawi’s democracy.

The members said government has in recent years failed to recognise Chihana as a national hero, citing politics of regionalism that has characterised the past and present regimes.

Aford vice-president, Martha Chiumia, said the party will continue honouring Chihana to ensure his name remains in the history of the country’s multiparty politics.

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She was speaking in Mzuzu on Saturday during a Chakufwa Chihana’s fundraising dinner that was organised by Revamp Aford Movement.

Chiumia said the country’s political history will be incomplete minus Chihana’s political achievements.

“Some few people dreamt and spoke about multiparty in the country. Chihana did not just speak but acted on his words. He fought for it and now we are enjoying his fruits. Democracy started with Chihana. Therefore, we will continue celebrating his life,” Chiumia said.

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Karonga Central Constituency Member of Parliament, Frank Mwenifumbo, echoed Chiumia’s sentiments, adding Chihana was a clean politician who contributed a lot to the country’s development.

Mwenifumbo said it is high time Aford members opened the party’s door to allow other people to join it, arguing politics is a game of numbers.

“We have potential to do well in 2019 elections, only if we can work together and ask some people who dumped the party to rejoin us.

“Aford had one voice in Parliament during late Chihana’s leadership. We were able to sweep all parliamentary seats in the Northern Region and others in the Central Region. We were very powerful and we are reclaiming that glory come 2019,” he said.

The event brought Aford members from all the regions, the clergy from Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and other people from South Africa, Switzerland Zambia and Tanzania.

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