Thousands of mourners from all walks of life witnessed the burial of the country’s most decorated female freedom fighter Rose Chibambo in Mzuzu on Saturday.
Chibambo was buried with full military honours on an isolated spot near Admarc regional offices on the southern margins of the leafy city.
However, what was meant to be a solitary way of honouring the superwoman who personifies the female folks’ involvement in the independence struggle provoked a scathing rebuke on how government keeps dumping heroes all over the country.
Speaking at St Andrews CCAP Church before she was interred, Livingstonia Synod general secretary Levi Nyondo made an impassioned appeal for government not to dump the iconic freedom fighter in the middle of nowhere as is the case with the gravesite of Thom Chakufwa Chihana, who led the battle for multiparty democracy.
“You gave Chihana a heroes acre, but it has become a cattle grazing zone. If you want to make Rose Chibambo’s burial site a grave site, you must mean it. We are giving you one year to show you are serious” Nyondo stated as Vice-president Saulos Chilima looked on with a blank face.