The organising committee of this year’s commemoration of Martyrs’ Day has only secured K1.5 million out of its K5 million budget.
The committee’s vice-chairperson, Mavuto Kaunda, said only two companies and individuals have supported the event.
Kaunda said they have not yet received financial support from the government.
“We made a budget of K5 million but during our recent committee meeting, we noticed that we have only collected close to K1.5 million. We are currently brainstorming on how we are going to proceed with the function. Otherwise, we are crippled financially,” Kaunda said.
He said the budget covers hiring tents, transport, food and others necessary materials to be used at the event.
He then said it could have been good if the government accepted to take over the event to justify that it is a national ceremony.
Historian Benga Chiume said the event is important to the nation as it is one way of respecting the country’s heroes.
But government spokesperson, Mark Botomani, said the government has always supported the event.
The committee has said the government has communicated that Minister of Disaster Management Affairs, Everton Chimulirenji, will represent President Peter Mutharika at the event.
Other political party leaders will also attend the event but they have been urged to refrain from politicising the ceremony.