Former President Bakili Muluzi has congratulated State President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice- President Saulos Chilima on their inauguration and commemoration of 56th anniversary of the country’s independence.
Malawi got its independence on July 6 1964 and Chakwera is the country’s sixth president.
Muluzi, who was the second Head of State since independence and the first in multiparty democracy, said he was ready to attend the inauguration ceremony which was initially scheduled for Bingu National Stadium but paved the way for the foreign dignitaries after Chakwera announced the change of the venue to Kamuzu Barracks and a reduction of attendees to 100 to fight the spread of Covid-19.
“For your own information, I am currently in Lilongwe. I came here to attend the inauguration ceremony and the independence celebrations but I failed after the State President shifted the venue to Kamuzu Barracks and limited the number of people to 100.
“I said I should not attend the ceremony physically but I wish to congratulate Dr Chakwera and Dr Chilima on being elected President and Vice- President of the Republic of Malawi, respectively,” he said.
Muluzi said the June 23 election presented a chance for Malawians to choose leaders of their choice which is one of the pillars of multiparty democracy.
“As someone who fought for the country’s multiparty democracy, I respect the democratic principles which vest the power of choosing leaders in the hands of the people. Malawians voted on June 23 and I wish the newly elected leaders the best in their work,” he said.
On the occasion of the Independence Day, Muluzi urged Malawians to protect the gains the country has made in the last 56 years.
He said independence celebrations should be happy moments for every well-meaning Malawian.