The opposition Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and People’s Party (PP) have called for the establishment of a July 20 2011 Killings Foundation to help bereaved families.
The two parties made the call during this year’s memorial service and tombstones unveiling ceremony at Zolozolo Cemetery in Mzuzu where most of those that were shot dead in the July 20 2011 demonstrations were buried.
PP representative at the event, Agnes Nyalonje, who is also Mzimba North member of Parliament (MP), said it is high time a foundation was put in place to support bereaved families.
She donated K100 000 to kick-start the foundation.
“It is high time we had a foundation in place for our brothers and sisters. They cannot be suffering when we can do something about it,” Nyalonje said.
Aford president Enoch Chihana said his party is ready to pump funds in the foundation once it has been established.
Synod of Livingstonia Church and Society Programme director Moses Mkandawire described the idea as ideal.
Twenty-one civilians were killed by armed police during anti-government demonstrations on July 20 2011. n