‘Malawi sells part of Mzuzu hero’s acre’

The family of the late Chakufwa Chihana has accused government of selling part of what was supposed to be a hero’s acre to businesspeople in the northern Malawi city of Mzuzu.

The development has brought doubt to the Chihana family about a mausoleum that government promised to build at the same property.

Chihana’s son, Enoch, said in an interview on Wednesday that only a 10-metre radius patch of land has been left for the promised mausoleum.

But Minister of Information and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati on Thursday said government is not aware the land was sold. She said “government will seriously look into the issue” and find out what happened for the place to be sold if the allegations are true.

Said the minister: “Let me assure the Chihana family that when government says it will look into issues surrounding the Chihana mausoleum, it is not politics. It is only that there were some problems that government had to attend to.”

Kaliati urged the family to keep in touch with government on anything taking place at the site.

But she could not tell when construction of the mausoleum would start, saying the matter will be discussed.

But Enoch wondered how government would manage to build the mausoleum on a 10-metre radius land, arguing there is no commitment on government’s part.

Said Enoch: “The grave cannot be removed. Historically, people know the site to be the first place where my father held a multiparty rally in 1992.”

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