United Democratic Front (UDF) Spokesperson Ken Ndanga has said the Party wants the body of Martin Machipisa Muthali to be buried at National heroes-acre in Mzuzu.

Machipisa Muthali, a dedicated member of UDF died on Monday at Rumphi District Hospital at the age of 89.

Ndanga said Muthali is one of the country’s freedom fighters who needs to be recognized at all cost.

“At the moment UDF as Party is consulting the family members as well as the government to consider our request on the matter. No one in can write the country’s history without including Machipisa Muthali”, said Ndanga.

Commenting on the matter, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture who is also the government spokesperson Kondwani Nankhumwa said government has no problem the request.

Machipisa Mutharika was nicknamed “Nelson Mandela of Malawi” as he was regarded as malawi’s longest-serving political prisoner during the rain of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Muthali spent twenty-seven years in prison for his work toward multi-party democracy.

Muthali was among the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) bigwigs who struggle for independence from Great Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Meanwhile Machipisa Muthali will be laid to rest on Thursday at his home village Mlowe in Rumphi.

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