By Tione Andsen, MANA
After participating in the annual Military Veterans charity golf tournament at Lilongwe Golf Club on Friday, Vice-President, Saulos Chilima assured Malawi Defence Force (MDF) that government would continue supporting the military in any endeavour for the well-being of its soldiers and the veterans.
Chilima said the golf tournament was aimed to commemorate and celebrate what the senior citizens of the country did in fighting for the country’s freedom.
“We want to appreciate the commitment that our fellow citizens — living and departed — did to protect our country by participating in the two World Wars. We are cheering their lives,” he said.
Applauded the organizers and sponsors — NBS Bank, Toyota Malawi and others — for joining hands to support the noble cause of raising funds to help the War Veterans and to the golfers themselves, saying the tournament would have not being a success if they had not come out to support the noble event.
“Today, was a playing day and we have enjoyed a 7 kilometre walk both for the love of the game and in turn as a charity for the War Veterans.”
“British High Commissioner to Malawi, David Beer said his country and the MDF will continue working together in many endeavours, including participating in joint peace mission trainings.
Commander, General Vincent Nundwe said MDF was committed to assisting the War Veterans’ welfare at various levels, saying that was why they established the veterans Ex-service League of Malawi (VELOM) to be responsible for the veterans’ affairs.
“Government has stepped up its gear to ensuring that the concerns of our veterans are addressed,” he said. “We wish to appeal to corporate world and well wishers to help both MDF and government enabling war veterans to live decent lives through the provision of any assistance.”
NBS Bank acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Benadicto Nkhoma said the Bank “appreciates what the soldiers did to the nation that’s why we have peace.
He applauded MDF for being a good in the past 10 years. For this year’s event, the Banks invested K15 million to organise the tournament and also presented a K1.5 million to the War Veterans kitty.
Chilima auctioned a return air ticket to Johannesburg at K15.5 million and which was bought by Member of Parliament for Blantyre City South, Noel Lipipa.