By Chisomo Phiri
Government says MK 100 Million will be used for the first ever Umodzi Day commemorations, a National ceremony at which stakeholders will make commitments meant to enhance national unity and peace in the country.
The commemorations are slated for November 2,2023 at Chilimampunga Ground in Mtandire, Lilongwe.
The ceremony will bring together authorities drawn from different fields of the society including political parties, cultural groupings and religious groups.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Richard Chimwendo Banda Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture said apart from the ministry pumping in resources, the United Nations will support the event with finances.
Chimwendo Banda called on every citizen and every community to come together in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable nation.
He said: “The Umodzi Day seeks to sustain peace through promotion of inter-faith, inter-political and inter-cultural co-existence.
“The celebrations will bring all Malawians together regardless of their political, religious and cultural
He said President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera is expected to grace the event.
Chimwendo since then expressed optimism that the commemorations will mark a fresh drive to enhance unity, tolerance and peace across divides.
In March last 2022, Parliament passed the Peace and Unity Bill in March and President Chakwera assented to it in May 2022.