Malawians silently commemorate Independence Day

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Malawians are silently celebrating the country’s 56th Independence celebrations today due to the alarming spread of the coronavirus pandemic as over 1,000 cases have been registered across the country.

The Independence Day is celebrated every year on 6 July as a public holiday to reflect on the country’s gains since 1964 after the colonial rule.

Traditionally, the day is observed by a number of entertainment activities, cultural dances and also a free for all football match.

The Malawi Defence Force and the Police also display their performances such as parachutes to spice up the event.

But this year, the day will not be celebrated that way due to restrictions over the coronavirus, and the government has cancelled the celebrations.

On Sunday President Chakwera held a press brefing informing Malawians that the celebrations had been cancelled and the funds that had been set aside for the event would be used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic through the presidential taskforce on Covid-19.

The celebrations were planned for the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe to include the inauguration of President Lazarus Chakwera.


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