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Peter Mutharika leads in world wars commemoration

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By Faith Kamtambe:

President Peter Mutharika Sunday led the nation in commemorating the two world wars.

Mutharika marked the day by laying a wreath at the Lilongwe War Memorial Tower in honour of soldiers who died in the line of duty during the first and second world wars.

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November 11 2018 marks exactly 100 years since the First World War ended and Sunday was a remembrance day for the soldiers who were wounded and killed during the wars.

First World War started in 1914 and ended in 1918 while the Second World War ran from 1939 to 1945.

Over 19,000 Malawian troops participated in the two world wars.

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Some of the notable figures at the ceremony were Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander Griffin Supuni- Phiri, Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose and members of the diplomatic corps.

Retired soldier, Bines Man’ganda, who took part in World War Two, also laid a wreath on behalf of fellow servicemen who took part in the wars.

During the two wars, 10 million soldiers and seven million civilians died.

During the day, the country also remembered MDF soldiers who died in the United Nations Force Interventions Brigade.

MDF spokesperson, Paul Chiphwanya, said surviving war veterans are facing several challenges and need to be assisted.

“We have a responsibility of looking after these people and we also get engaged in different activities to raise funds for these people,’’ he said.

Similar functions took place in Zomba and Mzuzu.

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