Speaking at Bolero in Rumphi when he inaugurated construction work for Rumphi-Nyika-Chitipa Road, President Mutharika further disclosed that the mausoleum will include a library that will house Chihana’s memorabilia.
He said his government recognises the important role that Chihana played in his brave fight against one party dictatorship and champion multiparty democracy in this country as such he deserves to be honored.
“I knew Chihana back then, we once worked together outside this country and we have met several times when we were together in exile. As such I recognize the good works he has done for this country and hope every Malawian does.
“That’s why we are to construct a Mausoleum in honor of Tom Chakufwa Chihana at that same place he is resting. We have already talked to the Chihana family and soon the project will commence,” said President Mutharika.
Chihana’s tiny grave in the city of Mzuzu behind Reserve Bank of Malawi remains a desolate, abandoned site despite earlier government promises to erect a mausoleum befitting the fallen trade union and human rights activist and served as the country’s second vice-president.
Chihana died in June 2006.