Tonse Alliance torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera has promised people in Nkhata Bay that he will make sure he honours the district’s men and women who died in the struggle for freedom once voted into power at the forthcoming presidential election.
Chakwera said Malawians who fought the colonial government sacrificed their lives for the sake of a better nation.
He was speaking at Maganga Ground in Nkhata Bay where he held a political rally together with former president Joyce Banda, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and other leaders in the alliance.
Chakwera said it is sad that families whose relatives were killed in 1959 have never been supported apart from the Kamuzu Banda administration which assisted some of them with education.
“Some people think [Malawi Congress Party] is a party for people in the Central Region only. But let me tell you that the first president of the party Orton Chirwa came from Nkhata Bay District. Even people who were killed by the colonial government, their sons and daughters later joined MCP. That is the reason I will respect and honour the martyrs,” Chakwera said.
He then pledged that if given the mandate to rule Malawi, he will respect its Constitution.
Taking her turn, Banda charged that the government should account for the billions of kwacha which donors provided to assist in fighting Covid-19.
“We know that there is Covid-19 in many countries but I think God loves us because there is no clear case that the government is telling us about. Therefore, the money that came to support the lockdown and other interventions on the virus should be chanelled towards other initiatives,” Banda said.
Kachali and MCP second vice-president, Harry Mkandawire, asked the people of Nkhata Bay to vote for Chakwera, saying he has their welfare at heart.