President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday said Malawians are indebted to Nkhata Bay District, the home of some fearless fighters who led Malawi to independence from Britain.
The President said this during a whistle-stop rally at Chipambo in Traditional Authority Kabunduli (T/A).
The shoreline district is credited with March 3 1959 mass uprisings in which about 30 people were gunned down at Nkhata Bay Jetty while protesting the arrest of founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda and other Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) leaders in a curfew which forced Britain to proclaim a State of Emergency.
The district is also home to poster faces of the liberation struggle, Orton Chirwa, Manowa Chirwa and Aleke Banda.
“Their bravery earned us independence. As such, the district deserves development as one way of honouring the fallen heroes,” he said.
Mutharika promised that his administration will open a community college, better roads and seven modern secondary schools if he is re-elected on May 21.
He also pledged to end poverty if he gets a second term. Speaking earlier, T/A Kabunduli asked government to allocate the bare part of Chikangawa Forest to people displaced by 2016 floods in his area.