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1959 Martyrs Graves Empty

It is yet to be established if history was distorted but the fact here is that the exhumation of mass graves for the 3rd March 1959 martyrs in Nkhata-bay has stopped because no single body has been found.

The Malawi government had ordered exhumation of the bodies to give the freedom fighters a decent burial.

Director of Culture in the Ministry of Tourism, Dr Elizabeth Gomani Chindebvu     told Zodiak Online that the department of Antiquities, which has been carrying out the works, is now waiting for guidance from the martyr’s memorial committee.

“Having done the work on two potential sites, nothing has been found. Now we are waiting to hear from the martyr’s memorial committee on how we proceed from here,” said Dr Chindebvu.

However, committee Chairperson TA Mkumbira says consultations on the possible burial sites are underway.

“We are doing our best to find out who can identify the exact site where our martyrs were buried,” said T.A. Mkumbira.

Fifty three years ago, 31 freedom fighters were believed to have been shot dead by colonial security forces and were believed to have been buried at the place where the exhumation was taking place, Heroes Garden at Kakumbi location.

The development, to find the graves empty, comes at a time when preparations for the 53rd anniversary of martyrdom commemorations to be staged on Saturday at Nkhata-Bay Community ground are also under way.—Zodiak Online

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0 #1 Kanyamula Banda 2012-03-03 09:21
I am flabbergasted that the graves that are clearly marked with the names of our ancestors do not have their remains. The country needs to speak to grannies who were around in 1959. Sukale kwambiri, apezeka.
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