Church and Society, a social arm of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, has embarked on an initiative to raise funds for Levi Ziliro Mumba memorial service.
Buried at Chidikalala Village in Mzimba, Mumba died in 1945 shortly after being elected president of Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) which was instrumental in the independence struggle.
The synod and other civil society organisations want to construct a tombstone befitting the “forgotten hero” almost 72 years on.
For two years, concerned citizens and organisations have been lobbying for belated and greater recognition of the former teacher who championed the fight against British rule.
In an interview, Church and Society programme director Moses Mkandawire asked Malawians to take part in remembering Mumba’s contribution to self-rule by contributing towards the memorial observance.
“It is our wish to have the memorial by September. Afterwards, we will start holding the memorial service annually,” he said.
Mumba is credited with spearheading the formation of native associations that fought for the locals’ rights, participation and representation during colonial rule.