Chakwera leads tributes to Lt. Col Tembo: Malawi soldier dies aged 48

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Sunday joined  his predecessor John Tembo in mourning Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Paul Tembo who died following liver complications  on Friday (3 Oct) in Lilongwe.

In his eulogy Chakwera said he was greatly touched over the demise of Tembo saying he was “thoroughly a professional military man,” who has served in different countries in peace keeping missions.col casket col tembo

Mourning period: Chakwera (left) and Tembo

Mourning period: Chakwera (left) and Tembo

Chakwera asked that God should comfort former MCP leader  John Tembo and his family during the entire grieving period.

The deceased was a son of John Tembo’s brother. He is survived by four children.

“He was a brilliant solider and patriot,” said Chakwera.

In his speech, John Tembo said he is loss of words with the demise of one of the pillars of his family.

“ It’s hard to describe the pain of losing you,” said Tembo at the funeral, as family members were  breaking down in tears.

Tembo commended President Peter  Mutharika for sending a condolence money to the family of  K200,000, saying the same gesture should be extended to other people caught in the similar situation.

He  also commended Malawi Defence Force( MDF) for taking care of his son when he started suffering up to the time that he died.

In their eulogy both Deputy Army Commander Sipuni Phiri and Deputy Minister of Defence Jack Mhango expressed sorrow and grief that MDF has lost a dissciplined and dedicated officer.

The deputy MDF chief promised to take care of Tembo’s wife and his children.

One of the deceased also paid tribute to the father, saying they have lost ” a great man and he will be missed dearly by all.”

The fallen soldier was born on 1 April 1966  and he joined MDF  on 19 May, 1986.

Late Tembo  was a recipient of various medals such as Nacala medal, United Nations Chad Medal, United Nations South Sudan Medal. He  has left four children and a wife.

Almost 20 Members of Parliament from MCP attended the burial ceremony which took place at Kapedzela Village in the area of Traditional Kalumbu in Lilongwe.

Other notable people who attended the ceremony include former speaker of Parliament Louis Chimango, Mama Cecilia Tamanda Kadzamira, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  Vice President for the central region Hetherwick Ntaba, busines tycoon who owns Kang’ombe House and Kalikuti Hote a Mr Khondowe and veteran olitician who is also father to former parliamentarian Jean Sendeza, Khuma Sendeza.

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56 thoughts on “Chakwera leads tributes to Lt. Col Tembo: Malawi soldier dies aged 48”

  1. Nankhoma says:

    Rest in peace munthu wamkulu tizakomana pa tsidya la nyanja Beat ndi ana Mulungu awayang’anira

  2. munyasa says:

    todays jornalism….rest in peace ……only the dead have seen the end of war ….

  3. Mr 264 says:

    hehehehe koma ndaseka..akuti WAWA(post32) akumwa ma ARV…..inetu ndimaona ngati mwano mwayankhula WAWA apawu ndi munthu wa bwino bwino…..zoona munthu wamkulu ngati iwe ulibe manyazi kumamwa ma ARV…ana akonso mahule ngati awo…….amuna anunso muwauze asiye kuyenda ndi tiana ..akutichitisa manyazi….anzanu anapuma kale kale mu barracks…nyanga eti?

    rest in peace LT Col.Tembo

  4. lopee says:

    This story is word by word identical to the one Maravipost copied and pasted on their website………no creativity at all in journalism. shaaaaameee but all in all, RIP our fallen hero Tembo.

  5. Efron kuwani says:

    RIP sir Tembo.

  6. kamwendo says:

    Very. Sad R.I.P

  7. thako la phalombe says:

    R I P

  8. Mdicai Longwe says:

    I know Ken, he was a very good Parade Commander and talented man. He had a commandive voice. RIP indeed.

  9. Abiti Mtila says:

    MC Chigubu umafuna appepese ndi zingati! Sikuphwandotu uku ndi kumaliro. Chipepeso ngakhale 1 tambala. Amati ndalama ya malodza. Ngati kuli kusauka ndi kwako. JZU is a well to do man and money can not fill the gap left by the son. Fotseki! RIP Colonel!

  10. ndadabwa says:

    lyolyolyo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mapurezidenti wokongola. muitaneni peter mutharika adzasokoneze akhale pakatipo.

    1. bodza says:

      AKULAMULABE OR NDIWONYA, OKONGOLAWO DZIKO SILINAWASANKHE MANYAZI BWANJI

  11. Frankly Speaking says:

    R.I.P we wl miss u owez

  12. femaleS says:

    A” Wawa” comment yanu ili out of context, madam ine ndikukudziwani inu amene mwalemba nkhani iyi, ndi zomvetsa chisoni kuti inuyo mmalo moti mudzikhala bwino ndi azimai anzanu mukulemba zinthu zolakwika. Posachedwapa mmene a Odillo, a Msonthi ndi a Kafuwa anawapumitsa ntchito inu munapanga mphwando ndipo mumalemba zinthu zowanyoza ndi kuwasemela zinyau. Ife akazi asilikali timafuna inu ngati mkazi wa senior officer muzitipatsa chitsanzo chabwino osati zimene mukupangazi. Ziwani kut moto umapita kumene kwatsala ntchire. Pajatu nonse akulu akulu mwatsalanu muli pama ARVs (mwandiyankhulitsa pambali). Zilemekezeni amai, inunso muli ndi nkhani migolomigolo kofunika ndikumapemphelerana!

  13. whoowa says:

    Comment number 19 and number 32, you really scums of this world. All the family members of late Kenneth Tembo(MHSRIP) r on social media, instead of grieving with them you r making their pain even more harder. No 1 c do u mean his children r snakes? And number 32 it is the usual practice in our army that the entire family escorts and welcomes their loved ones! I as a soldier condemn this uncalled for Satanic comments coming from a Devil worshiper! May the Lord forgive you!

  14. Wawa says:

    Rest well, Ken.

    1. Mr 264 says:

      mwaonekelatu mai..takuziwani…..ndikaona bwino ndingokutchulani dzina lanu anthu akuziweni kuti ndinu mayi opusa ……ndingopanga copy and paste ths whole nonsence that u wrote here nde ndipanga paste pa facebook page ya ana anu kuti aone okha…

  15. Patrck jumma Brown says:

    Pepan baba ATembo mukakhapo awir atatu mumadalirana,yarakwitsa apa nd imfa,tikakhala aTonga timatero

    1. nellie mwa says:

      Zowawa pepani banja lonse. May his soul rip
      In Haiti manda amanga tizipinda tanjerwa tosanjikana coffin ndikulowetsa mkati ndikutsekera. Sitingayambe ifenso zofotserazi zimaopsya ngakhale kuti wakufa sadziwa kanthu. KuTaiwaninso amakhala timanyumba banja lirilonse. Kutsegula kumangoyika mmodzimo. Bwanji tiyambenso nafe. Izi zimasunga malo popandanso anthu kukumba nthawi zonse.

  16. Tipepese kubanja lofedwa titi pepani timuikize mmapemphelo ena mukudabwa kuti bwanji wakaikidwa kwaakalumbu? Apapa akunena momveka bwino kuti malemu ndi mwana waakulu awo a tembo ndie paja ku chichewa kwanu nkwa omako ndie tisadabwe

  17. Wawaman says:

    Obaba ine nde ndapepesa m’theladi, apa nde mwataya nsanamira.RIP.

  18. nkhedu says:

    guys kumawerenga bwino. pali pamene alemba age 44 apa? tapangani masamuwo bwinobwino

  19. federal party says:

    munthu akhoza kuyikidwa pena paliponse. komanso mwina anakwala kumeneko paja chikamwini

  20. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    Where have you gotten your 44, you, stupid fellow? Moreover this is about mourning and not politicing. You must be brain drained.

  21. Alungwana says:

    So sad. I salute you.

  22. Mboba watani kodi munthu salakwitsa?

  23. Piper says:

    Lost For Words…Rest In Peace…

  24. Oyiya okomowondo says:

    Why was he burried in Tradiional Airthority kalumbu in LL? I thought Obaba is from Dedza? Or O Tembo odabereka mwana ameneyu from another woman?

    1. yohane says:

      Remember achewa kwawo ndi mayi so it might be his mum is from ta kalumbu. I think you are not Malawian

    2. Wailing Soul says:

      He was son to the late D.Z.U Tembo not JZU. D.Z.U was JZU’s brother. So Kenneth was JZU’s nephew. I knoew this soldier. His late father was once the CEO of ADMARC in the 1980s

  25. mboba says:

    WA 1966 akhala bwanji 44? Masamu ake a tally centre ya daud suleman eti?

  26. Kidjo says:

    Rest in erternal peace, Tembo.

  27. Only once says:

    RIP
    njoka yinachoka yitasiya mazila

  28. moses says:

    RIP a well disciplined solder.

  29. I am coming to terms with failure why JZU did not groom one of his kids to takeover mantle
    of MCP leadership
    Imagine the son of prominent politician who once ruled this country indirectly dying while serving as a soldier!!!!!!!

    1. Yahwe angoyang'ana says:

      What are you trying to imply here? Is it wrong to be a soldier or children of politicians are not supposed to be soldiers or what? I hope you are aware that JZU has a son,John Tembo Jnr,who is not a soldier. As such,I don’t see any connection in your argument. After all,who told you that all political leaders must groom their sons for party leadership? Though its been a trend kwathu kuno with Muluzi groomingAtupele,Chihana grooming Enock,Bingu grooming Peter(though not a son),JB grooming Roy,it doesn’t mean all should do the same. And,this id one reason most of our parties are becoming a family property.

    2. abdulhassan says:

      Imraan Sadick you do not know what you are talking about. What’s wrong with John Tembo’s child being a soldier? And who has control over death? Kukwinu mukufwa chara? It’s either you do not have respect for death or you do not understand issues.

  30. Citizen says:

    RIP. Thanks for the services you rendered to our Nation.

  31. Akilly 2 says:

    REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!!!

  32. SALOME says:

    chiyambi cha moyo wina. R.I.P.

  33. caleb says:

    my condolences to JZU. now if this man was born in 66 then his age cant be 44.

    1. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

      The subject says soldier dies aged 48, so where is 44 coming from. Mukundiwawitsa mutu. RIP Tembo DZU not JZU.

  34. Kaya says:

    RIP man……….

  35. Akuliainga says:

    RIP Lt col. you were indeed a dedicated officer.

  36. Malodza says:

    Mzimu wawo uwutse mumtendere

  37. Malota says:

    Pepani kwambiri Mr JZU Tembo chifukwa chotaya mwana wanu wokondeka Col Paul Tembo, Pepani Dr Chakwera mtsogoleri wachipani cha Malawi Congress, Mama C Tamanda Kadzamira, Mr Khuma Sendeza, Mr Khondowe, Mkulu wachiwiri wa MDF,Vice President wa DPP chigawo chapakati Mr Hetherwick Ntaba,Ma MP Onse amene mwafika pano,

    Malawi wataya mwana wake wokondeka Col Paul Tembo,amene wagwira ntchito ku MDF modzipereka…

  38. Mr.Bambo says:

    Pepani kwambiri.

  39. Choncho says:

    Izitu ndi za ndale. How many soldiers die in a week, month, year? Muzipita konseko?

    1. wian says:

      my friend…social status lives on even after death……….connections……who are you…who do you know matters most nowadays.

    2. yuona says:

      Kodi mumalemba musanaganize?! Iweyo ngati Lt.Col. Tembo sumawadziwa ndiye kuti ndiiwe otsalira zedi ndipo sudziwa zochitika mMalawi munu. Iweyo ngati supita ku maliro a abale ako sindiye kuti anzako onse alingati iweyo.

  40. Pitala says:

    May his soul rest in heaven.

  41. Nkhalamba says:

    A Peter ndi president wa umunthu.Zimafunika choncho.

  42. RIP #SORRY ,MAY HIS SOUL RIP

  43. Bristol says:

    I condole the Tembo family for losing Kenneth. RIP. At the time of his death, he was aged 48 and not 44 as reported here.

  44. Mc Chigubu says:

    The whole president kupepesa ndi K200000? Shame on Peter Mutharika

    1. Alfred Minjo says:

      Inu a Chigubu, m’mati apepese ndi zingati? Ndi business? Nawonso awa, ngati mwasowa cholemba osangokhala bwanji,,,,,,May Col. Paul Tembo’s Soul Rest In Peace.

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