Events marking the day started with a wreath laying ceremony at the late President’s Mausoleum at City center.
Speaking at the CIVO stadium in Lilongwe where he represented the Head of State Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe described Kamuzu Banda as a man who set standards which are still applicable today.
He said among other things Kamuzu instilled a spirit of hardworking among Malawians. Gondwe hailed Kamuzu as a man of the people with zeal to prioritize people’s welfare.
A representative of the Kamuzu family Ken Kandodo said the fallen leader was a pillar of strength who lifted the standards of education and agriculture and heath among other things.
“Kamuzu was a hardworking and principled man: a man who lived his word; a man who loved his people.” Kandodo said.
Taking his turn, Leader of the Malawi Congress Party Dr. Lazarus Chakwera said Kamuzu laid a foundation for many of the good things that Malawi is enjoying today.
Other prominent people present were former head of State Bakili Muluzi, Former Vice Presidents Khumbo Kachali, Dr. Justin Malewezi and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Former President John Tembo.
The late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda was born on 14th May in the year 1898. He assumed Malawi’s presidency in 1964.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda died on 25th November in 1997 and was laid to rest on 3rd December.
The event was spiced up with traditional dances and a football match between the under 17 and former national team players.