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Monday, November 12, 2007

Malawi to turn new 43-metre memorial tower into tourism centre

lundi 12 novembre 2007

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika said Sunday afternoon that his government was planning to turn a natural park area surrounding a newly opened 43-metre memorial clock tower into a recreation and tourism centre in the heart of the capital Lilongwe.

Speaking during the commissioning of the centre and commemoration of Armistice Day to mark the end of the two World Wars, Mutharika said the centre is a true expression of appreciation to those people who gave their lives to bring freedom to Africa and other parts of the world in general.

The president said his government was committed to fully honour the fallen heroes who played significant roles in the history of the country when they, under colonial master Britain, travelled to Kenya, Somaliland, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Burma to fight during the two wars.

\« This memorial centre will honour the fallen heroes of First and Second World Wars, including Malawians, who fought tirelessly and surrendered their lives to bring peace and freedom to us,\ » he said.

The 1.3 billion kwacha (US$24 million) centre will have statutes of the country’s heroes, recreation facilities and military rooms for the annual military parade that is part of Armistice Day.

Military representatives from neighbouring Zambia and Mozambique attended the event in the Malawi capital.

Malawians, then called Nyasas (from Nyasaland, as the country was known then), like their counterparts elsewhere in colonial Africa, were among those who joined hands with their colonial masters to fight in the two great wars of World War 1 from 1914 to 1918 and World War 11 from 1939 to 1945.

© APA News

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