Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday led Malawians in paying tribute to the country’s first President Dr. Hasting Kamuzu Banda who was also the founder of the Party at a memorial ceremony held in Lilongwe.

This was the first memorial ceremony held by the Party since Banda died 19 years ago.

Chakwera was accompanied by his Vice President Richard Msowoya who is also the Speaker of Malawi National Assembly and former MCP President John Tembo.

In his speech, Chakwera described Banda as a leader who always placed the wishes of Malawians at heart.

“Kamuzu will always be remembered for his amazing leadership and national building,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera also disclosed that the memorial ceremony will be carried out every year on December 3 which is the day Banda was buried.

On his part, Tembo said Kamuzu served his country “with a lot of dedication and devotion.”

Tembo who retired from active politics earlier this year, urged MCP followers to remain united.

Banda, the life President ruled the country for 30 years and was succeeded by former President Dr Bakili Muluzi.

Banda died on November 15 1997 in South Africa at the age of 99.

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