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National Planning Commission honours Kamuzu

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ATTENDED THE CEREMONY – Some Malawi Congress Party members

By Deogratias Mmana:

The National Planning Commission (NPC) has presented to the family Malawi’s founding president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, a certificate that posthumously recognises the inter-generational development efforts he put in place for the country.

The event took place in Lilongwe Tuesday.

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NPC board chairperson Richard Mkandawire said the efforts include Banda’s strong belief in long-term planning and development.

Mkandawire cited the designing of 10-year development policies and the championing of strong agricultural development infrastructure as some of the initiatives that Banda ought to be remembered for.

He further said the former president, during his time, made efforts at inclusive development such as a good and well-staffed and equipped hospitals and secondary schools in every district with almost similar

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“In presenting the certificate, the commission hopes that you will, as family members, be encouraged to do more and be ready at every opportunity to remind Malawians about working together in achieving the Malawi we want.

“We bank on your influential positions to promote a new mindset of inclusive wealth creation and self-reliance—away from hand-outs so we can fund our development needs primarily by ourselves at household, community and national levels,” Mkandawire said.

He urged Banda’s family and the government to effectively champion a self-reliance vision and promotion of intergenerational policies and programmes.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Ken Kandodo, who is also Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central, said the certificate was a testimony that the current administration recognises achievements made by the former president.

Kandodo urged leaders at all levels to be development conscious and seek to produce quality results in their development efforts.

He said the family will continue supporting the current government’s development agenda, which is aimed at improving people’s lives.

“Kamuzu was well brought up and educated. He grew up with discipline and that culture characterised his administration. There are many lessons people can learn from his life.

“We ask leaders at all levels—be it ward councillors, members of Parliament and others— to love their country by developing and implementing development plans that will benefit the nation,” Kandodo said.

In August this year, the Southern African Development Community also honoured Banda and seven other former presidents who founded the regional bloc.

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