First Couple Inspires Kids at Chikoko Bay; Encourages Studies and Good Manners

The First Couple flanked by spouse to Rt Hon Chimulirenji pose with some of the children after the pre-Christmas get-together

Mangochi, December 23: President Professor Peter Mutharika and the First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika on Monday December 23 hosted over two thousand kids drawn from Mangochi and Machinga districts, at the Chikoko Bay State Lodge in Mangochi.

Speaking to the joyful gathering of young ones with potential, the President interacted with the audience in a very rare way – through an interactive question and answer format. President Mutharika urged the children to aim high and concentrate on their studies if they are to achieve great roles in leadership in the future.

President Mutharika has a talk with the children at Chikoko Bay State Lodge
President Mutharika has a talk with the children at Chikoko Bay State Lodge

“Holiday time is a time for family and celebration, therefore we must all celebrate in style and as one big family,” he encouraged.

Before the President surprised everyone by showing up before the kids, the First Lady of Malawi and also Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust patron, Professor Gertrude Mutharika encouraged children to work hard in their studies.

Professor Gertrude Mutharika talks to the children at Chikoko Bay State Lodge
Professor Gertrude Mutharika talks to the children at Chikoko Bay State Lodge

“You must always prioritize your studies. Your vast knowledge in our traditional riddles is one testimony that you are being passionate in your studies. Keep it up!” she encouraged.

The First Lady joins the children during dancing time
The First Lady joins the children during dancing time

‘Avoid littering in your surroundings’

The BEAM patron further reminded the children that they must be extra careful during the rainy season and avoid littering if they are to prevent the spread of cholera and other related health problems. She reminded them that BEAM has sanitation and hygiene as one of their goals and children must be ambassadors of cleanliness and good sanitation for a healthier and cleaner Malawi.

President Mutharika shares a light moment with one of the kids during a special question-and-answer session
President Mutharika shares a light moment with one of the kids during a special question-and-answer session

The pre-Christmas get together was also graced by other dignitaries including Madame Judith Chimulirenji, spouse to the State Vice President; Hon. Bright Msaka, S.C., Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs & Vice President of the DPP (Eastern Region); Apostle Timothy Khowiva, Presidential Advisor on Religious Affairs; Hon Ralph Jooma, Minister of Transport and Public Works & Mangochi Monkey Bay MP; Hon. Aisha Mambo Adams, Second Deputy Speaker; Hon. Victoria Kingstone; Hon. Benedicto Chambo; Hon Shadreck Namalomba; Hon. Francisca Masamba Theula; Hon. Kalitende; Hon. Fyness Magonjwa; Hon. Cecilia Chazamba, Director of Women in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Hendrina Kampaza who represented her fellow children and sat at the high table.