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Chakwera urges diligence

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By Matthews Kasanda

President Lazarus Chakwera has called on Malawians to be responsible citizens who can contribute to national development.

Chakwera said while it is not easy to take responsibility for oneself, Malawians should take the responsibility for the rebuilding of their country.

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He was speaking at Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu yesterday during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the institution.

The school, modelled on England’s Eton College, was founded by Malawi’s first president Hastings Kamuzu Banda and first opened its doors to students in 1981.

In his statement at the ceremony, Chakwera said many Malawians sacrificed their lives for the good of the nation but that their contributions fell into the hands of irresponsible people who failed to utilise them.

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He condemned irresponsible acts such as vandalism of street lights, failure to attend school, pilferage of drugs in hospitals and siphoning of taxes.

Chakwera challenged both public and private schools to aim high by producing responsible citizens who will contribute positively to the country’s development.

“We cannot have a good government if our schools do not produce public servants who regard public office as a sacred responsibility.

“We cannot have good roads if our schools do not produce engineers who regard the lives of motorists as sacred,” the President said.

He then challenged Kamuzu Academy students to be ambassadors of development, peace and unity when they graduate from the institution.

Kamuzu Academy Head teacher Andrew Wild said the school has tried to maintain the legacy that was left by the founder and promised that it will continue to maintain its standards.

Chairperson of the institution’s Board of Governors Francis Perekamoyo said Kamuzu Academy has over the years maintained its philosophy of achieving academic excellence and educating the whole person.

“The Board of Governors, therefore, oversees and ensures that that philosophy is achieved and realised at all costs,” Perekamoyo said.

Some of the alumni that graced the commemoration were Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale and Speaker of Parliament, Catherine Gotani Hara.

Like its model, Kamuzu Academy is said to be a progressive school forever committed to independent thought and the pursuit of excellence “in providing a well-rounded education for the whole person”.

When it opened, Banda directed that a minimum of the three best students— two boys and one girl— were to be selected on merit from each district to start Form One at the institution.

Now, it is a private institution which relies on school fees and donations for the running of its day-to-day affairs.

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