Mutharika seeks British compensation for Malawi war vets

Lilongwe – Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has asked the country’s law experts to investigate whether Britain compensated Malawi soldiers who fought in the two world wars. “This was a British war and some of our men died while others were severely injured but I want to ask: were we compensated by the British?” Mutharika asked in a broadcast carried by the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBCTV) during the inauguration of the Poppy Day on Saturday. “I would like our legal experts to open up investigations and find out if compensation was paid because some countries were compensated,” Mutharika, who chairs the African Union (AU). He requested the Commonwealth Ex-Service League of Malawi (CELOM), a grouping which looks after the interests of old soldiers who fought in the two wars to give government the records. “We know the records are there.” Mutharika said it would be “inappropriate not to compensate the country’s men who fought and died for a war which was not theirs.” Thousands of Malawians were drafted into the World Wars of 1914-1981 and 1936-1945 fought in Abyssinia, Burma among other countries.

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