Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has backed the call that the British government should compensate those people who were tortured during the 1959 uprising.

Chakwera said this on Wednesday March 4, 2015 when his visited families whose relatives suffered during the state of emergency of 1959 in northern district of Nkhata-Bay.

In his speech, Chakwera said at the moment he is consulting his legal adviser on the matter and if possible he will take the issue to parliament in the next sitting.

MCP President also urged all Malawians to emulate the spirit of patriotism of the departed freedom fighters in the country had so that their deaths should not be in vain.

On Tuesday March 3, 2015, the country celebrated the Martyrs’ day in Nkhata-Bay where renowned Lawyer and Nkhata Bay Central parliamentarian Ralph Mhone suggested that the British government has to compensate the war veterans.

“It’s high time Malawi should seek compensation from Britain because out martyrs died because they were fighting for freedom which we enjoy today. They were not criminals,” he said.

Mhone said Malawi is likely to get the compensation as was the case in Kenya where Britain has compensated thousands of people whose families were killed during the British orchestrated killings in the 1959.

Nkhata Bay registered 31 deaths in the fight against colonial rule on March 3 1959.

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