As Malawi today is commemorating Chilembwe day, people in the country have been asked to treat the day as of vast significant since it symbolizes the genesis of the freedom that citizens are enjoying today.
President of Chiradzulu Foundation for Development (Ciffode), Richard Karim made the call in an interview with Malawi24.
Karim however expressed dissatisfaction that the district where the fallen hero was coming from remains undeveloped up to date, a thing which he said is a result of negligence and lack of interest from top country officials.
“It is worrisome to see the district where John Chilembwe was coming from in undeveloped state like this up to date. A lot has to be done that can mean Chilembwe commemoration,” said Karim.
Chiradzulu is a privileged district where three current cabinet ministers, Minister of Labour and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa; Minister of Trade, Joseph Mwanamvekha; and Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano come from but it still has no bank and shopping outlets such as PTC.
Lack of these essential developments in the district has led to some top district officials such as the District Commissioner, District Health Officer and civil servants to be residing in Blantyre.
Chilembwe is celebrated as a hero of independence and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi. Among other activities during the celebrations, prayers are held at his Presbyterian Industrial Mission in Chiradzulu district.
Reverend John Chilembwe was born on February, 3 in 1871 and is believed to have been killed in 1915. He was a Baptist pastor and educator, who was trained as a minister in the United States, and he returned to Nyasaland in 1901.
He was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism in Nyasaland – now Malawi – opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government’s failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans.
Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organised an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule.