Secretary General of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Ecklen Kudontoni, has died in a car accident.
The accident occurred at Bua as Kudontoni was travelling to Kasungu for political errands.
Kudontoni, who once served as a member of parliament in the United Democratic Front regime, died instantly, according to police.
“When doctors checked him there was no spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse, no cardiac activity,” an eye witness said.
He was appointed DPP secretary general by President Peter Mutharika after the elected holder of the post, Minister of Gender, Jean Kalirani was unceremoniously removed.
President Peter Mutharika is “extremely saddened” and shocked by the demise of Kudontoni, according to DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila.
“His demise is a major loss for the party,” he said.
Malawi has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and accidents continue to claim lives of many people.