Malawi will on Independence Day hold multi-denominational prayers aimed at thanking God for the good rains during the past growing season.
This has been disclosed by Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Joseph Mwanamvekha during a press briefing in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.
According to Mwanamvekha, the prayers that President Peter Mutharika will grace will be part of Independence Day celebrations in the country.
Mwanamvekha who is also the chairperson of this year’s Independence Day celebrations said the prayers are aimed at thanking God for bumper harvest this year.
“The theme of this year’s commemoration is thanking God for a season of plenty. We want to celebrate the good rains and bumper harvest that Malawi has experienced in 2016/17 faming season. Malawi is one of the blessed nations as some countries have not done well,” he said.
Malawi’s 53rd Independence Day celebrations will be preceded by mini celebrations in major cities of the country.
According to Mwanamvekha, the mini celebrations will be held on July 5 before the main event in Lilongwe.
“We would like people in the Southern, Northern and Eastern regions to join us in marking our 53rd Independence Day celebration. This is why we have organised these events in the cities,” Mwanamvekha said.
The other event to celebrate the day is a football match that will take place between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Bingu National Stadium.
Malawi attained independence from Britain on 6th July, 1964 and became a republic on 6th July, 1966 with Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becoming the first president of the country.