Fombe rejects lavish wedding spending: ‘Correct maths for budget is under K10mil not K69mil’

A Lilongwe socialite couple has dismissed social media gossips that their wedding at lakeshore resort Livingstonia Beach Hotel in Salima on Saturday  is budgeted at K69 million, saying the arithmetic is wrong as they have restricted spending on “wild partying” to less than K10 million.

Fombe and Mphatso: Saturday is a wedding day

James Jimmy Mac Fombe, head of procurement at the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) will be wedding his sweetheart Mphatso Tiyankhulenji Kadzamira after the two engaged recently in Lilongwe.

Social media was awash with rumours that the wedding will cost K69 million but Fombe denied, saying they are not planning an exorbitant wedding.

“No way we can spend K69 million. We want to do something unique but not extravagant,” scoffed Fombe when he spoke to Nyasa Times.

Asked to give details of his budget, Fombe was upfront: “For preparations we booked 35 rooms at the place for Friday and Saturday at a weekend rate of K65, 000. One can either do the simple mathematics or call the hotel to verify.”

He said other expenses are the bride’s wedding gown and the groom’s suit.

“Two maids will buy their own clothes. Two best men buy their own suits,” he said.

Fombe said other costs will be photography and videography at K500, 000 and entertainment at K90, 000.

“In short the whole budget is under less than K10 million including a donated decorator,” said Fombe.

“I surely can’t understand why one would mention a K69 million figure for the wedding, certainly not ours,” he added.

Fombe, 38 is a former football player and administrator who once served as Mighty Wanderers FC secretary general and then chairman in 2010 season.

Before joining CMST, Fombe worked as head of procurement for SADC headquarters in Botswana.

A holder of MBA from University of Strathclyde in Scotland, Fombe has previously worked for Carlsberg Malawi Breweries and United Nations.

Apart from work, a chartered fellow of Institute of Logistics and Transport in UK and a chartered procurement specialist of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply UK also have 70 percent shareholding in air travelling Botswana under Eagle Target Group.

Asked when he was lured to his sweetheart Mphatso, Fombe said they met seven years ago while she was working for Auction Holdings Limited. She resigned last August to concentrate on her business and further education studies.

His best man at the wedding is Tadikila Mafubza.

The cost of tying the knot is modern-day weddings is mostly lavish with expensive venues, mind-boggling vehicle fleets, extravagant photography budgets, large cakes, expensive golden rings, imported garments among other items that feature in the budgets.

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nobody can leaave sadc and join cms


wasnt @sadc but CARDESSA and fired for misappropriations end of story


Eeee anthu akumva moyo kukoma. Pamene ena akudya money ngati a Fombe wina akusowa ndalama yolipira mwana fee ku Community Day, wina akusowa pokhala eee dziko li penapake. but anyway its your money zidyeni, mukabwera ku honey moon ko, ine muzandigaireko mpamba ndiyambe yogulitsa kaunjika mwina nane nkutukuka. Zabwino zonse a Fombe ndi madam anu, koma pano muikize m’banjali mmanja mwa Chauta kuti mukasungane abwana.


Anyone who has ever had an official or private event at Sunbird Livingstonia would agreen with Fimber that even at full board the 35 rooms can not result to a MK69 million bill unless if the guests will be there for a month. Amalawi penapake…

Kalizgawana Mavwende.
Kalizgawana Mavwende.

Namwe watolankhani mukusowa vyakulemba nkhanila so nthe zowala za munthu mbwe zitipe nthangwanika kuwazganga ise, muwengeko na soni na.


Fombe just concentrate on your big day. Do not let evil minded people to spoil your wedding mood and fun. One day this evil kampanikiza will reap what he is sowing. He has got no heart. If not him his children will surely reap the cruelty he has planted


The most important thing is that he is a civil servant dealing with procurement of public drugs from govt coffers, what he needs to do is to prove that what he has is his hard earned money otherwise don’t legalize thievery here. Ndakwiyananu heavy nonse mwapanga comment seems ndinu mbava zinzake shame on u….


shame on u too bra…u feel lyk just because everyone including u steal then if pipo hv dea own money is the same case…wake up ma men….pipo a different..the guy is an entrepreneur

mmalawi saiwala
a malawi musati fombe ndalama ndi zake achite zomwe akufuna. there is there is in this issue: 1. this young man is working for central medical stores 2. he is head of procurement 3. the country faces constant drug shortages 4. most suppliers of drugs and other medical supplies are malawians of asian origin (who have a reputation for under-supplying, supplying poor quality products, corrupting the procurement processes 5. the best man is the president’s step son 6. the president’s step son was involved in an attempt to force the government to procure a plane for the president 7. a… Read more »

Fombe.Where is your first wife?As far as I know if you married before and abandon your first wife,usova because the other hand is asin.Any way lets the money speak about your life

Sam jefferson

Mwana anadya inki uyu..mulekeni

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