Britain pay tribute to Tenthani: MCP says Malawi journo was ‘icon of monumental value’

Britain has added its voice to the growing tributes of prominent Malawian journalist Raphael Tenthani who was killed in a car accident along the Lilongwe-Blantyre M1 Road on Saturday night.

Tenthani:  The muckracker was killed in a car crash

Tenthani:  Malawi journalist par excellence is gone

Kizito Tenthani said his brother was killed in a car accident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday evening after sustaining head injuries when the car he was travelling in from Ntcheu to Blantyre overturned at Kammwamba along the M1 Road.

He was in the company of his cousin, his two children and a colleague, who all sustained minor injuries and were treated at Mlambe and Queen Elizabeth Central hospitals.

In a condolence message made available to Nyasa Times, British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin said it was a “great shock” to learn of Tenthani’s death.

“He was one of the region’s pre-eminent journalists, admired for his professional reporting not just to Malawians but to the world through the BBC,” said Nevin.

“I knew Raphael well from my days as a Political/Press Officer during my previous posting to Malawi. I will miss his insights and ability to take a broader view of developments as should befit a democratic country.

“My condolences extend to his family, friends and colleagues, with a call for Raphael’s fearless critique to be upheld by his fellow journalists,” said Nevin.

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has since described Tenthani as one of the freedom fighters in the country.

MCP spokeswoman Dr Jessie Kabwira says the MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera and the entire party leadership are “ shocked” over his demise.

Kabwira said Tenthani has gone at a time when Malawi needed him most, saying he was a journalist who was speaking for all the voiceless.

” Ralph Tenthani was a professional of unwavering objectivity, timely engagement and unparalleled commitment to speak truth to power,”said Kabwila quoting Chakwera, adding “Malawi has lost a true patriot, an icon of monumental value.”

Tenthani was one of Malawi’s finest and a model to many, according to a statement by Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) signed by its president Mtheto Lungu.

“His prolific, gallant and frank pieces of writing kept several duty bearers including our elected leaders in constant check in upholding our hard earned democracy. He leaves a legacy which challenges us from priotising individual interests at the expense of national good,” reads Juma statement.

Tenthani, 43, was best known for his weekly column “Muckraking on Sunday” in the Sunday Times newspaper as well as Nyasa Times online and was a contributor for The Associated Press and the BBC.

He was also known as a press freedom activist.

BBC Africa wrote on its Facebook page: “Raphael was a brilliant writer and journalist and reported not just for the BBC, but for the Associated Press as well. He was also a popular newspaper columnist at home.”

In 2010, Tenthani won a UN Media Award for his work on the Millennium Development Goals.

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32 thoughts on “Britain pay tribute to Tenthani: MCP says Malawi journo was ‘icon of monumental value’”

  1. mangochi kabwafu says:

    Bishop Zuza and now Ralp Tenthani, DPP WOYEEEE

  2. Owen Jeremy Kamkondo Phiri says:

    I knew R. Tenthani in year 1996 as brilliant, excellent and great reporter and editor @ the Business Telegraph newspaper. We will miss him. RIP

  3. bigman munthu waMulungu says:

    blessed are those who die in the LORD. R.I.P

  4. nachisale says:

    Although respected journalist he was a bit backward in his thinking – he foolishly criticised the Marriage Relations Bill calling it a feminist legislation- so what is going to happen to his wife? She needs to look after his children and she can only do so buy using the estate that Raphael has left. I was shcked to read that article from Ralph but I know most of our so called educated men are actually still backward and primitive in their thinking. I think this is a lesson to our Malawian (African) men – the stupiddly and with a bigoted mind continue to think that women and girls are second class-citizens like Raphael Tenthani did in his article – what they forget is that what is good for women is good for the family and children and that when the men do well (work) their wifes (working and non-working) make a vital contribution to family and society. Of course, we need to aspire to have all girls educated and all women working but at the time we need laws that address gender balance. SO let Raphael REST IN PIECE – but our loud-mouthed, bigoted men should learn a lesson that feminist work is good for families and society.

    1. ba chatola says:

      I don’t think its human to hold that view and empty it once Ralph is gone because that’s the most backward thinking I have ever seen. He had his email address on the articles he wrote and you could have sent that as a feedback. I wonder if you think the marriage act is foul proof because I don’t think so. There are many issues there that need sober minds and constant debate and its unfortunate that you had to wait until Ralph is gone to debate on that. Lets not hold issues until one is gone to air them out. speak and criticise when they are still alive.

      May his soul rest in peace!

  5. kelvimagola says:

    Zopusa zomangoti Dpp. Dpp nkachaniso akafuna kuba sakuganizila nkomweso amene umaika ka Dpp kako pamwambawe.Zopusa!!!! Kumaona poyankhulira za zipani zakozo anzako tili pa chisoni pano.May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Mc pherson Majawa says:

    May his soul Rest In Peace

  7. mkwenyane says:

    Nkuluyu kachasu amamupweteka kwambiri akapume kachasu atupe mudzimu

  8. Charombanthu says:

    MHSRIP…

  9. Kelvin says:

    RIP

  10. Thitherward Wendo says:

    When a giant of the forest falls, some are crushed. Those that are not can no longer blame the giant’s shadow for their stunted development.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Raphael Tenthani has bequeathed to you an honorable tradition that you must help to grow, straight and true. He has left you a great responsibility.

    Like our late friend, dare to be the best.

  11. wa jabari says:

    oh pephani chomene banja lose lakwa Tenthani.Mwakomoka,takomoka tose.We will miss him forever!!!!May his soul rest in peace

  12. chefourpence says:

    So the car overturned? You anti-DPP psychos have been hiding this fact all along so you could advance your “political murder theory”. Stupid! How is DPP linked to this then? Was the brother sent by DPP to cause the accident? Did DPP cause the car to overspeed? Did DPP cause the road to be wet so the car could lose grip and overturn? Did DPP cause the Ralph and driver to see an apparition, the spirit of Bingu maybe, such that all hell broke losse in the car leading to the accident? Maybe this last one did happen. And if it did, we demand that all CSOs hold international demos against the ghost that is Bingu to stop this careless return to haunt true freedom fighters: otherwise, even aeroplanes going down south carrying a certain international keynote speaker may begin to overturn. And the list is endless. All said and done, RIP Ralph Tenthani.

  13. johntembo Kuffor says:

    Are you sure he was 43 or 44 or 63years? Because he looked 73years old. kkkkkkkk. samasamba oro. beer beer beer basi

  14. mwinimbumba says:

    rest in peace

  15. SHAKA says:

    @ MIKE MALAKAMU
    RAPHAEL SAMANYODZA DPP OLO BINGU WAKOYO KOMA AMANENA CHILUNGAMO CHOKACHOKA AND YOU SHOULD NOT PRETEND TO WISH HIM WELL FOR THE JOURNEY TO HIS LOR
    LOOKING AT YOUR UGLY PICTURE ON FACE BOOK ALSO TELLS A STORY KUTI NDIWE CHIMUNTHU CHOYIPA NGATI KUNYELO KWANKHUMBA NDIPONSO ULIBE CHISONI NDIKUBEREKA KWANZAKO.
    PLEASE TATITSIYE IFE TIMULIRE NZATHU RAPHAEL TENTHANI MWACHISONI
    BY THE WAY A GOOD MAN IS A DEAD MAN

  16. Malawianmom says:

    THE NATION HAVE LOST AN ICON, ONE OF ITS KIND. RIP,TENTHAN

  17. CHEKUCHEKU says:

    Mkuthamavenda Zikugwilizana Bwanji Ndi Dpp? How Does Tenthani’s Death Relate To Dpp? Whts The Relationship? You Really Hate Dpp But It Is Here To Stay. Bingu Died But God Made Sure It Goes Again With His Brother. God’s Hand At Work! Nothing Else. May The Soul Of Our Brother Rest In Peace. Tikusowani Pa Kamba And Mainland Ku Chitawira.

  18. Stanley says:

    RIP

  19. DPP regimes are short and brutish.

  20. edda mwalweni says:

    R.I.P

  21. King says:

    He was indeed a freedom fighter.
    His soul should RIP

  22. opportunist says:

    Great /fearless man is gone. I will miss u on BBC. RIP

  23. prince says:

    He was darling to many,may his soul rest in peace.

  24. ujeni says:

    Shocking that this icon is gone. Malawi cries for Raphael Tenthani at this thieving, corrupt leadership of Malawi.

  25. Mphwache says:

    Somebody please compile all his writings, social and political commentary, its just too precious just to let go.

  26. nobel says:

    He really deserve to RIP.

  27. Kadakwiza says:

    May His Soul Rest in Peace

  28. milazi says:

    Very bad news y malawi accidents

  29. big testicles says:

    pepani a kizito and all the tenthanis for your loss, but ife tikufuna tidziwe nawo. was it a burst tyre, a stray goat, a full blast of headlights or a reckless overtake that caused this tragedy. i met the man once and i knew then that i was in the presence of greatness. please tell us.

  30. Andy Ndaonazino says:

    Angoni mudaika Ntcheu on top. Rest in Peace

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