By Manasse Nyirenda – Mana.
Group Village Headman Jeka of Mwazisi has advised people of the area to take Covid-19 preventive measures seriously so that they protect themselves and others from the disease.
Jeka was speaking at Chiyeke Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chikulamayembe in Rumphi during the tombstone unveiling ceremony for Vailet Luhanga, lmother of the First Lady.
He said it is important that people adhere to all Covid-19 preventive measures in order to curb the further spread of the disease.
“I would like to urge all of you to be on guard so that we protect ourselves from the disease.
“Make sure that you follow all preventive measures to ensure your safety from contracting the virus. You never know, you could be sitting next to an infected person. So, wear a mask, maintain social distance and keep your hands clean by washing them,” he said.
Rev. Myson Mtumbuka of Mwazisi Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) who led the church service described the late Luhanga, who was also a member of the church, as someone who was very dedicated to serving God and asked the surviving members of the family and the community at large to emulate her in serving God.
Speaking on behalf of President Lazarus Chakwera, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President for the North, Harry Mkandawire, said the president was thankful for the life of Luhanga whose existence, he said, the president has hugely benefited from.
The church service was conducted at the home of late Luhanga.
Later the First Lady, Monica Chakwera, and other family members proceeded to lay wreaths at the tombstone at a graveyard not far away from the home.
Representatives of different political parties also attended the ceremony including Peoples Party, Freedom Party and MCP among others.
Mrs. Vailet Luhanga was born on 10th February, 1928. She died on 14th May, 2020 and was buried on the 16th of the same month just 44 days before her daughter became the First Lady.