Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji has called for peace among Malawians as the country awaits the outcome of the presidential election case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe.
Chimulirenji said this when he presided over Reverend John Chilembwe’s memorial service at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) in Chiradzulu District Wednesday.
Chimulirenji, who was elected Vice-President alongside President Peter Mutharika in the disputed May 21 tripartite elections, said Chilembwe was a peace loving person and that was why he laid down his life to ensure Malawians live in peace.
“Chilembwe loved peace and that was why he could not stand seeing black Malawians being oppressed. We must remain peaceful as we consolidate the development gains we have made under His Excellency Professor Peter Mutharika’s leadership,” he said.
Chimulirenji described Chilembwe as a selfless leader who put the interests of people he served in the country and the church first.
“It is difficult to imagine a leader encouraging his wife to train women in skills development in 1915. That spirit must be encouraged today. We must promote our women and not blocking them all the time,” he said.
Speaking earlier, President of the PIM, Reverend Wilson Mitambo, concurred with Chimulirenji, saying peace is an important pillar of the country’s development.
Mitambo then hailed the government for supporting the vision of the Chilembwe family in skills development by constructing the Ida Chilembwe Technical College.
“As a church, we are thankful for the support the government of Malawi renders to us,” he said.
Chilembwe was born in 1871 in Chiradzulu and was killed in February 1915 at the height of the uprising he led as he rejected the oppressive white man’s rule.
During the commemoration, Chimulirenji read the Scripture from the book of Matthew 5, verses 3 to 11.
The Vice-President and wife Judith laid their wreaths at the Chilembwe Memorial Tower at the onset of the service.
Village head Kumitete, former Cabinet minister Henry Mussa, Grey Kufa and Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha also laid their wreaths at the place.