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Your Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi,
Madam Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika

Excellencies Heads of State and Governments;

The Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Right

Honourable Saulos Chilima and Madam Mary Chilima;

Speaker of the National Assembly, Right Honourable

Richard Msowoya, MP;

Your Lordship, the Chief Justice Honourable Andrew

Nyirenda, S.C;

Honourable Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers

present here;

The Commander of the Malawi Defence Force, General

Ignasio Maulana;

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Loti Dzonzi;

Justices of the High Court and the Supreme Court of


Your Excellences, former Presidents of the Republic of


The Leader of Opposition, Honourable Dr. Lazarus


Honourable Members of Parliament;

Leaders of Political Parties Represented in Parliament;


Your Excellency, Madam Thandiwe Dumbutchena, Dean
Of the Diplomatic Corps and Heads Of Diplomatic Missions;

Chief Secretary to the Government;

The Chief Executive of Blantyre City Council

Distinguished Invited Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.


I would like to begin my address this morning by wishing you all

a happy 51st Independence celebration.

My Fellow Malawians, as we look back at the road we came

for 51 years, let us also lift up our eyes to the horizon where
we are taking Malawi. Contrary to those who want to look at
everything negatively, I look at our past and see the road of
progress. We have achieved a lot in the last 51 years. But it has
been slow progress. And we are not where we should have
been by now.
But, Malawi is undergoing exciting times. After 51 years of
independence, we are re-making history. The whole world can
see that Malawi is on the road to transformation. Only last
week, hundreds of foreign investors from all over the world
came to Malawi because they can see hope and opportunities.
All the international and local speakers at that meeting agreed
that we have a better economic outlook ahead of us.
But the economic transformation towards which we are going
must benefit all Malawians, whether you live in town or in the






development. We fought for independence together. We must


develop this country together. We must all be part of the

economic growth.
In fact, the struggle for independence was a popular movement
of the people. It took the cooperation, sacrifice and involvement
of the masses for us to attain this liberty that allows us to create
a greater future.
At the highest peak of nationalism, especially between 1953 and
1963, it was villagers who fought for emancipation. These were
smallholder farmers labouring across the country. They were
barefoot workers toiling on the railways. They were labourers
plucking tea on the estates.

These are the Malawians we

honour in our national memory today.

Ladies and gentlemen, our road to economic transformation
is very clear now. Our vision is clear. Let me outline the four
things we are doing to turn around this country. First, we are
creating a local business environment and attracting foreign
investors to bring their money to invest in Malawi. With Direct
Investment, we will undoubtedly create wealth, create more
businesses for Malawians, create jobs and create a better life for
all. As I said, the response of the entire world is extremely
overwhelming. Secondly, we have launched a Skills Development
Programme. This is a process of creating a skilled labour to

support the industry. Wherever you go in the world, skilled

labour is thrust of development. Within this programme, we are
building community colleges. With this programme, we will
create a skilled labour market to support the expanding
Investment. We want this programme to help us create jobs for
the youth and the rest of us. Thirdly, we have also undertaken
serious Public Service Reforms because we must have a public
service that supports our investors and serve the public
efficiently. We need a public service that works, and a Malawi
that works! But above all, we have undertaken a people-centred
approach to inclusive development. The Green Revolution we
undertake with the Green Belt Initiative, supporting farmers
with inputs and the Malata Subsidy programmes will ensure that
this country has sufficient food and Malawians must sleep in
descent houses. All Malawians must rise together with the
economic growth that is coming. We are all moving towards a
better life for all.
But there is one immediate challenge facing us all. The human
factor! Umunthu wathu! This is where the problem is. We
cannot do with people who are irresponsible; dishonest; lazy
wanting results for which you have not worked; wanting things
to be done for us than us doing for others; we cannot develop

Malawi if we dont love our country! We need to be a nation of

responsible and patient people. Rome was not built in a day.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I fully agree with our religious
leaders, our moral custodians, that we cannot change this
country if we are not a responsible nation. We cannot change
anything unless we change ourselves. We are the foundations of
change, and the pillars of progress on which the future rests.
We are now launching a mind-set change programme which
must make us a responsible nation.

My Fellow Malawians, ladies and gentlemen, I am

delighted to inform you that Government wants to promote
three pillars of progress that support our reforms and
national development. The pillars are Patriotism, Integrity
and Hard work.
1) We must be patriotic! We must love our country; be
proud of her. Be proud to be Malawian. This is our only
2) We must be a people of high integrity. We must
be a highly principled and honest in whatever we do.
There wouldnt have been cashgate if we were a people

of integrity. Corruption would be history if were a

people of integrity.
3) We must be hard working people. Work for the
results. In whatever we do, let us do it to the best of
our ability whatever the circumstances. Whatever you
do, do it with all your mind, soul and strength. There is
no other road to success!
My Fellow Malawians, ladies and gentlemen, Today, I am
calling upon all political leaders, educationists, investors and
captains of the corporate world, traditional leaders, religious
leaders, Civil Society Organisations and the public at large to
embrace these pillars of progress as the core values of our
national character. If we ever differ, let us unite on this common

At an appropriate time, we will organize a national conference

at which we must draw up a national plan of implementation.
We must agree how best we should inculcate these values in
every Malawian. I want these values to be collectively owned by
all Malawians.

Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and

selflessness of former Presidents of the Republic of Malawi in

serving this country. They served Malawi to the best of their

abilities and we thank them for their sacrifices.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank our neighboring

countries with whom we live in harmony. We are what we are
today because of their support. In a special way let me thank
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Vice President of the
Republic of Kenya Mr. William Ruto for sparing time to
celebrate with us today. We cherish the cordial relationship that
exists among our countries.

Lastly, Tiyeni tiyende pamodzi ndi mtima umodzi. United,

we will cross any river of challenges; cross any mountain of
hardships; and march every mile until we have conquered.

May God bless us all and may He bless Mother Malawi! Thank