Kalindo accuses MCP of politicizing Cyclone Freddy Memorial service

By Vincent Gunde

Political activist Bon Elias Kalindo, has accused the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of politicizing Cyclone Freddy Memorial Service in Mulanje describing activities marking the day as a lost opportunity for Malawians to unite.

Kalindo said the Memorial Service was full of politics claiming that instead of the speakers asking God not to send another Cyclone Freddy, they were busy praising human beings President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his Vice, Dr. Saulosi Klaus Chilima for coming to visit them.


He said there could have been an independent committee to organize the function inviting all political party leaders but on the surprising note, Dr. Bakili Muluzi, Dr. Joyce Banda, Enock Chihana and Atupele Muluzi were not in attendance meaning that the function was pure MCP.

Speaking through an audio clip circulating in various social media platforms, Kalindo said to prove that the Memorial Service was organized for MCP campaign in Mulanje, Brown James Mpinganjira announced that 620 members of the DPP has joined the MCP.

Kalindo said it was shame and disappointments to see people from other areas coming in lorries while the owners who could have walked on foot to the venue, such as people from Njeza, Chisinkha, Chitakale, Kumwamba, Chisitu, Mulanje Mission, didn’t come to the function.

He said only those from Limbuli could have been the ones to come to the function on lorries but they too, didn’t come saying the Memorial Service could have been held in Limbuli, Chiladzulu, Sochi in Blantyre not Mulanje stadium but the MCP was afraid that they did nothing to the people of these areas.

The activist said Cyclone Freddy caught Malawi unprepared saying had it not been for Prophet Shephered Bushiri, Cyclone Freddy Ambassadors Dr. Bakili Muluzi and Madam Dr. Joyce Banda, the Government of Tanzania and Zambia to come in, there could have been no day the MCP could ask its party supporters to clad in their attires to grace the Memorial Service.

He thanked church leaders for coming to the function and chiefs for being directed on what to speak praising Chakwera lamenting that T/A Mabuka, GVH Njeza and Member of Parliament for the area Santiago Phiri were not invited.

“Malawians should be praying hard for God to give them a President to unify the country that Malawians are one people regardless of political party affiliations,” said Kalindo.

He has since advised the organizers of the Memorial Service that if there will be another one next year, they should invite all to attend and not to come in their party colors and if they cannot do this, it is better to stop conducting the Memorial Service claiming that those that died are not their relatives.