President Peter Mutharika has directed that the funeral of veteran and longest serving politician Gwandangulube Chakuamba commonly known as Gwanda Chakuamba should be conducted with full military honours.
A military funeral is an honour accorded by state to deserved citizens but different from the state funeral.
According to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) through Malawi’s Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa, the body of late Chakuamba will lay in state on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at the Comesa Hall in the Commercial City of Blantyre for viewing and to allow Malawians pay their last respect to the fallen hero.
Chakuamba, who died after a long battle with kidney died on Monday at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.
On Thursday, the body will be taken to Chinyanje in the area of Traditional Authority Mlolo in Nsanje for burial on Friday.
Meanwhile, Mutharika has joined the rest of Malawians in mourning and and paying tribute to Chakuamba who was among few notable remaining politicians to have fought for the country’s independence.
In his condolence message, President Mutharika said together with the First Lady Getrude Mutharika just like any other Malawian are saddened
with Chakuamba’s death.
According to the Malawi leader, the departed political champion will be remembered by many generations for his struggle for Malawi’s
“He is to be remembered by many generations as a nationalist who played a great role during struggle of an independent Malawi in the late 50’s and early 60’s,” said Mutharika.
“As a nation, we must choose to celebrate his life for the many fruits brave character bore. He will remain as Malawi national legend. May
his soul rest in peace,” mourned Mutharika.
Chakuamba was born on 4th April 1934 and served different ministerial and top government positions in his political career.
He is survived by a wife Raima and children who include, Gwa Chakuamba Jnr, Kwafwani and Zuwere Chakuamba, three grand children and four great grand children.
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