Bingu honoured, as APM calls for unity of purpose

Written by  Sungani Nyoni

President Professor Peter Mutharika has called on Malawians to renew their pledge by uniting and working together in addressing challenges currently facing the country so that Malawi becomes a better place to live for all.

Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum

The President was speaking on Saturday during a Mass Memorial Service at Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum, Ndata Farm, Thyolo in remembrance of the late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika who died in April 2012.

He said through partnership and togetherness, Malawians will be able to build a better life for all and achieve the socio-economic dreams that the late Bingu wanted every Malawian to have.

“As we renew our pledge on this third anniversary of our loss, we also take pride in the progress we are making in building on his socio-economic dreams towards a better life for all and a more united society,” he said adding, “today must be better than yesterday and tomorrow should bring more joy than today."

He described late Bingu as a selfless man whose sacrifices made it possible for Malawi to rise from her knees and become the second fastest growing economy in the World after Qatar.

“We are here to remember Bingu who was a selfless man and we salute him because through his determined struggles and efforts, he put our country on the promise of a just, united and prosperous country."

The president, while asking Malawians to emulate the life of the late Bingu, also assured the gathering that his administration would do everything possible to ensure that they have access to basic services and more economic opportunities.

Mutharika called on Malawians to expose and report all criminal activities to relevant authorities in order to have a free and secure country.

“Together let us identify those who steal and sell stolen goods, let us expose those who sell and use drugs, let us expose those who rape and abuse women and children and let us report them to police, “said Mutharika.

Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa described the late Bingu as a hero, a patriot and a legend who taught Malawians that the reward for public life was public progress.

“The late Bingu saw opportunity where many of us just saw obstacles and impossibilities. This is why in a short time he was able to develop the country tremendously,’ said Nankhumwa.

Earlier, Archbishop Thomas Msusa who was leading the Mass said the late Bingu was a man of virtue who always dreamt in colours.

“The late Bingu was a man of vision who was dreaming in colours. Let us all emulate his life if we want to develop the country,” Msusa said adding that the country was enjoying some of his achievements such as the new parliament building, MUST and green belt initiatives.

Msusa therefore asked the president to continue where the late Bingu stopped especially by ensuring that Malawi was a hunger free nation.

Other dignitaries who attended the memorial service included former president Dr Bakili Muluzi, former leader of Zambia Lupiya Banda and former president of the opposition Malawi Congress Party-MCP John Tembo.

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