Vice President, Everton Herbert Chimulirenji, on Wednesday led Malawians in remembering Reverend John Chilembwe in an event that took place at the Providence Industrial Mission in Chiradzulu.
Reverend Chilembwe led an uprising against white colonial masters in 1915.
Chimulirenji called upon Malawians in his speech to set aside their differences and embrace the hardworking and Umunthu spirit Reverend Chilembwe portrayed.
“Reverend John Chilembwe was a hardworking man. He wanted his people to be skilled. That is why he advanced skills development. His wife, Aida, also showed her character to advance women empowerment. Let us empower our women. Osamawakhomelera amayi (don’t discriminate our women),” he said.
The vice president also concurred with Reverend Wilson Mitambo, president of African Baptist Assembly, Providence Industrial Mission, in urging Malawians to love peace.
Reverend Mitambo said in his sermon that “it is sad that nowadays people have embraced a spirit of violence. You would see children and young people demonstrating and damaging property. This will in the end spread even in our families and will not take us anywhere.
“We must be peace makers especially when we await a court ruling in the elections case. Blessed are peacemakers because they will be called children of God,” he said.
Government officials, members of clergy and politicians especially from the governing Democratic progressive Party attended the ceremony that comprised prayers and wreath laying at a memorial tower.