Independence Day donation irks Malawians

Malawi flag

Malawians have expressed disappointment over donated Malawian flags which have been erected in the capital city, Lilongwe for the 54th Independence Day celebrations.

On Thursday, Economist Henry Kachaje noted on Facebook that flags which have been erected in the Lilongwe for decorations have been donated by Pakistan Welfare Association in Malawi.

In a post, Kachaje said it is shameful for a country to receive flags which it could have bought with its own funds.

Kachaje: I am deeply embarrassed

“As a citizen of Malawi I am deeply embarrassed with these donations of decorations. I wish we had leaders with a sense of National Pride. The cloth that has been used as our national flag on these roundabouts is cheap and seriously, we can afford it with our own taxes.  It’s shameful, very embarrassing to say the least. This didn’t need a donor,” he said.

Many commenters also condemned government for receiving the flags saying a lot of countries would not accept such donations.

Why should Pakistan donate this for our independence, are we really independent? Zina inu,” Chifundo Malunga said.

While Mwafulirwa Frank said: This is a sad country truly. The leadership of this nation is in the custody of people who think like dogs.

Malawians are today celebrating the countrys Independence Day with the main activities being held in Mzuzu.

This morning from 9am there will be a National Service of Worship at Mzuzu State Lodge in Mzuzu where President Arthur Peter Mutharika will be in attendance.

In the afternoon, Mutharika will lead Malawians in celebrating the day at Mzuzu Stadium where various activities will take place.

At the stadium, there will also be a football match between Mzuzu based side Moyale and Super League champions Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.



  1. Malawi has been surviving on donations for more than half a century from the west and many other countries. I find that the concern here is not about receiving the donations but more to do with who donated. Had these same flags been donated by the west, this issue wouldn’t have been such a concern. We are sovereign country and need to cut on donations with we are to be taken serious. Malawi need to look at direct foreign investment which will create job opportunities and develop the culture of small and macro businesses. Small and macro businesses will help with job creation for the poor majority and those with less skills. Malawi can learn so much from the east than the west on how those countries changed from being recipient of aid to independent, sovereign creators of sustainable life for their citizens.

  2. Kodi ku mangotitu Peter! Peter! Kodi chenicheni ndichani a malawi? Inu ngati mumadziwa kuti kufuna mbendela bwanji simunagule nkuwaletsa amene a zipezeka, ngakhale lero mukudandaula za mtsogoleri simunati yemwe mukumufunayo munamuonapo kagwiridwe kake kantchito muzalla nayeso mmene munali lira ndi joice

  3. Is very sad to my nation,but those who are on high ranks one to blamed for these nonsense.Tatiyeni tizipanga zinthu pathokha A Malawi

  4. That is being foolish and ignorance of the minds of the leaders of the government, like this then they call themselves leaders, they must leave this leadership to the youth, Peter You are tired pack your head and go we want people who can change the image of Malawi that you and your si called brother have destroyed

  5. Why didn’t Mr. Kachaje donate proper flags as a proud Malawian? Pride without works is dead.

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