Incorporate martyrs commemorations in national budget-Malawians
People of Nkhata Bay district have asked government to consider including martyrs commemorations into the national budget as a solution to the challenges the organizing committee encounters every year.
Speaking during this year’s commemoration, the organizing committee chairperson Traditional Authority (TA) Timbiri expressed concern that every year they rely on financial contributions from well-wishers.
“Martyrs commemorations appears as if it is for people of Nkhatabay only because every year we rely on wellwishers thought it is a national issue,” TA Timbiri said.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe, who was guest of honour, said 3rd March is as important as 6th July, the Independence Day.
Leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera said there is no problem to include the event in the national budget.
State President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Chakwera contributed K500, 000, and K200, 000, respectively, towards this year’s event, among other contributors.
Martyrs Day commemoration is held to remember people who were killed on 3rd March, 1959 in various parts of the country by the British colonial government forces in protest against the oppressive rule.