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Peter Mutharika honours fallen soldiers

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By Faith Kamtambe:

President Peter Mutharika has urged Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to continue honouring 22 soldiers who lost their lives during an accident that occurred at Mapanganjira in Mzimba on November 22 2017.

Mutharika made the remarks Friday during a ceremony that was held in Lilongwe with the aim of remembering the departed soldiers.

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Three instructors and 19 recruits died after concluding their training.

Mutharika pledged to continue providing support to MDF during good and bad times.

“Let us honour their lives by continuing the primary duties they started. As a Commander in Chief, I will always march forward with you in happiness and sorrow. Government will also make sure that the welfare of MDF soldiers is taken care of,” he said.

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A representative of the bereaved families, Violet Kasunda, said the families are grateful to the government for honouring them with such an occasion.

“We are very thankful to the government for coming with this event, so we can remember the souls of our beloved ones. To us, it seems like yesterday when the tragedy occurred,” she said.

MDF Commander General Griffin Spoon Phiri said the death of the 22 soldiers remains the biggest tragedy that MDF has ever experienced. He urged Malawians to pray for MDF soldiers that are in various missions.

Mutharika laid a wreath at the memorial tower that has been built at Kamuzu Barracks where the names of the 22 soldiers have been inscribed. He also read a sermon from Hebrews 11: 3 – 4. Senior government officials and Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera attended the ceremony.

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