Lilongwe — July 6, 2013 marks exactly 49 years since Malawi got its independence from the colonial rule. Commemoration for the day took place at Civo Stadium in the city of Lilongwe and it was graced by the State President Dr. Joyce Banda.
The weather was good with clear blue skies, sunny and Civo stadium the venue for the event was parked to the full capacity with Malawians from all walks of life that came to commemorate the day.
In her address, President Dr. Joyce Banda thanked all Malawians for remaining united and being hard working and urged them for the continuation of it.
Speaking on his behalf, chairperson of the organizing committee Dr. Ken Lipenga who is also Minister of Finance said in the past 49 years, Malawi has managed to achieve a lot in terms of development. He cited that among the breakthroughs that we are celebrating today include the stabilization of the kwacha currency by the current Banda administration.
The celebrations were spiced with different activities such as tradition dances and choirs from across the country, among them were the "Mapenenga" dance from Karonga district, "masewe" from Zomba and a choir that was sang by Ntchisi model choir.
The day also saw the award of medals to distinguished Malawians who have made tremendous achievements. Some of the individuals who were awarded with medals were, Chief Justice Dr. Anastasia Msosa who was recognized in her career of law, former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) personality who is also a comedian Smart Likhaya Mbewe popularly known as "kapalepale", boxer Isaac Chilemba, Dr. Beatrice Mtimuni who is associate professor at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and Malawi netball team's technical director Griffin Sayenda.
Speaking on her behalf a Malawian citizen who chose to remain anonymous said this year's event was very colorful as it drew Malawians from all corners of the country as well as the tradition dances that were showcased during the event, as well as recognizing Malawians who have achieved a lot which is unique.
This year's independence celebrations began with a nation service of worship which took place on July 5 at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe and it reached its climax with the main celebration at Civo Stadium that was commemorated under the theme "2013, Peace, Prosperity and Breakthroughs."
Activities marking the celebrations included tradition dances, a football match between Malawi and Mozambique and a netball match which was between Malawi and Zambia.