MDF shoot Malawi into Independence Celebration mood

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The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on Tuesday paraded in the Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre, marking the beginning of Independence celebrations, which fall on July 6 every year.

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The colorful street carnival brought business to a complete halt, as Malawians of all ages paraded alongside the soldiers on a stretch covering Clock-tower in Blantyre CBD up to the Independence Arch at Chichiri in the City.


The Malawi Prison Services, clad in white tunics, red-stripped black pants and red boots, provided the brass band to the soldiers-themselves clad in both Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and Black-red tunics, with those in ACU flaunting some of the military hardware Malawi currently posses.


Local Government Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa on the Saluting DiceWhile the young could not resist the temptation of taking ‘selfies’ with the soldiers’ background, the old paraded along-with some literally abandoning their vehicles just to watch and photograph the historical parade.


Standing at a mini saluting dice, planted at the Independence Arch, Local Government and Rural Development Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said the parade was meant to kick-start the 6 July celebration mood.


“Yes the economy is recovering, but we cannot afford the luxury of spending huge amount of money hence the decision to hold the independence celebrations in individual cities, with the main one at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe to be presided over by the State President,” said Nankhumwa.


Independence celebrations in Blantyre will reach its climax tonight with live band performance beginning 8 O'clock and a 30 minute-long fireworks session from 12-mid-night at the Independence Arch.


Malawi gained her independence on July 6 1964 from Britain.

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