Malawi president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has asked Malawians to emulate patriotism of Reverend John Chilembwe.
Chakwera made the remarks during a memorial and worship service held today at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) in Chiradzulu district.
“John Chilembwe’s courage in emancipating natives from inhumane treatment by colonial formations remains an indelible symbol of national sacrifice to this day,”
“We should, therefore, continue drawing valuable lessons of patriotism from 108 years ago and let the same orient our current quest of shaping a new Malawi with shared prosperity,” he sad.
On 15th January, every year, Malawians commemorate one of the nation’s pioneer freedom advocates , Reverend John Chilembwe.
Chilembwe is widely acknowledged as one of the first Africans to fight against colonial injustices in the 20th Century, staging an uprising against the British in Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) in 1915.
Among other high profile people who graced today’s commemoration ceremony include Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, Former President Dr. Joyce Banda and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa.