President Joyce Banda asks Malawians to respect their parents0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 at 3:35pm

Malawians should learn to honour their parents regardless of status, President Dr. Joyce Banda advised on Sunday

President Joyce Banda interacts with an elderly woman who benefited from the Mudzi transformation

President Joyce Banda interacts with an elderly woman who benefited from the Mudzi transformation

She described the introduction of Gray Mtila Gospel Music Trophy as one way of respecting her late father, who loved music.

President Banda said this at Zomba State Lodge when she presided over the presentation of awards and trophies to winners of 2013 Gray Mtila Gospel Music Competition of choirs from Machinga, Mulanje and Zomba from both Christian and Muslim denominations.

“My father was a great musician, who studied musicthrough reading classical musical books on his own, passed examination before he was sentto London in 1971 to study advanced music when he was in the then, Malawi Police Force Band,’ President Banda said.

The Malawi leader also said she remembers his father as one of the first famous Drum Major in the Malawi Police Band, music composer and also a person who encouraged his children to study hard in order to reach standard 10, meaning form four.

President Banda therefore called on all Malawians to respect their parents in anyway regardless of what they are or were, adding that her father played a role in her success and other children in their family citing as an example that the last born in their family has a Doctorate Degree.

“I think little did my father knew when we were in police lines, in those small houses that there was a president among his children, but I believe his soul is happy now with our successes although I feel the only thing that has never happened to my father’s wish is that among all his five children no one is a musician,” the President said.

The President also revealed that apart from remembering her father, she had also initiated the Edith Mtila Bursary programme which is sponsoring 350 university students, 23 students in technical colleges and 10 students at College of Medicine as oneway of remembering and respecting her mother who worked for 20 years at Mandala shop to get school fees for her children.

Speaking at the same function, the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Wildlife Moses Kunkuyu said the competition has assisted in developing of music talents while promoting spiritual unity among the people from different religious beliefs.

Kunkuyu also said music as part of culture attracts tourists from various parts of the world but bemoaned music piracy that has suffocated the music industry in the country.

This year’s competition drew 315 choirs from the three districts and 48 participated in the final performance which saw the first, second, third and fourth winners in each of the five categories receiving a trophy and cash of K200.000, K150.000, K 100,000 and K60.000 respectively.

There were also consolation prizes for all the remaining choirs that participated in the competition with 31 choirs receiving K40,000, a total of 164 choirs received K30,000, and 100 choirs received K10, 000.

In the women tradition category, St Cecelia Chiluwe of Zomba scooped first position while Limbikani ladies of Zomba CCAP took first position in the women classical category, and in the Muslim category Piyasi Likaba scooped first position.

The youth tradition category saw St. Charles Luangwa came first while in the youth classical category it was Holy Cross Choir of Zomba CCAP which scooped the first position.