Blantyre City Deputy Mayor Wild Ndipo on Wednesday evening switched on Christmas lights to mark the beginning of celebrations in the City.
In his address, the Deputy Mayor preached love for less privileged and also appealed for peace during the festive season.
Said Ndipo: “Christmas is a time for reaching out the hand of friendship and reconciliation and to making sure all members of our community are included. It is time for giving and receiving, a time for sharing and for caring for each other.”
He added: “Christmas is a very special time. It’s a time for family and friends to get together and reflect on the year gone by and celebrate the New Year. That celebration should extend to the good fortune and blessings that we share and appreciate.”
He encouraged residents to reach out to the less privileged with whatever they could afford.
“A special attention should be given to those that are in hospitals and those that are sick at home. Our very best wishes go to them and prayers for quick recovery,” he said.
“Allow me to appeal for peace and order during this festive period. I would like to urge all residents to strive for a crime free festive season. I am happy that our partners, Malawi Police Service, have already started giving the public tips on how we can protect and safeguard ourselves and our property during this period,” said Ndipo.
Ndipo also said people of Blantyre City and those visiting should continue observing a DO NOT LITTER policy.