The Minister was speaking on behalf of State President of the Republic of Malawi professor Arthur Peter Mutharika during special commemoratory gathering organised by Dr. Banda’s family in respect to the former head of state held in the Capital, Lilongwe.
Gondwe told the gathering that Kamuzu was great and disciplined man and that if he was to be emulated by the current generation of lreadership, then the development of the country will be taken to another level.
Said he, Kamuzu was a determined person who always put the welfare of Malawians at heart and when he believed that what he was doing was right, there was no stopping him.
“He was imprisoned, his people were imprisoned, some of whom were killed; but he still met his objective.
“This is a great lesson to all Governments, present and those to come, but we can’t emulate and achieve what he did without the discipline on which he insisted.”
Also addressing the people during the event, former State President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Bakili Muluzi hailed Kamuzu as a champion of unity in the country hence calling upon Malawians to make Kamuzu Day a Malawi Day.
“Let us leave all our political differences aside and make Kamuzu Day ‘Malawi’s Day’ celebrating his life as one family because he was a father of the whole Malawi who represented oneness,” said Muluzi.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President who is also leader of opposition in the Malawi National Assembly echoed Muluzi’s sentiments saying that Dr Banda would always be remembered for the efforts he made to develop the nation.
“We are all Malawians and it is our collaborative efforts, irrespective of different political affiliation, which can push our country forward,” said Dr Chakwera.