Hundreds view Chakuamba’s body to pay last respects to Malawi veteran politician

The mood was sombre and wails engulfed at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Wednesday when the body of veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba was brought from the College of Medicine mortuary to allow the public pay their last respects.

Forner president Bakili Muluzi oay last respects to Gwanda

Forner president Bakili Muluzi oay last respects to Gwanda

Malawi political leaders gather to pay last respects to Chakuamba

Malawi political leaders gather to pay last respects to Chakuamba

Mourners who included family members, former president Bakili Muluzi, government officials, and political leader qued up at  Comesa Hall to pay their last respects.

Chakuamba is expected to be interred at his home Chinyanje Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo in Nsanje District on Friday with full State honours,  according to government.

One of the few remaining longest serving politicians, Chakuamba died aged 81 after a long battle with chronic diseases. He succumbed to heart complications on Tuesday while receiving treatment at Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH) where he was admitted on October 13.

Described by President Peter Mutharika as “a selfless Malawian nationalist” who was among the earliest to join, at a tender age, the struggle against colonial rule in Nyasaland and went on to serve the country in various high ranking public portfolios before being imprisoned for many years by the Malawi Congress Party,  Chakuamba be buried with full military honours.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Malison Ndau government was according the fallen hero a State funeral in recognition of the enormous contribution he made to the nation.

A State funeral is a public funeral service that observes strict rules of protocol held to honour deserved citizens of national significance.

 

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3 thoughts on “Hundreds view Chakuamba’s body to pay last respects to Malawi veteran politician”

  1. Harawara says:

    Mbuya, its too sad you are gone. History however should not be forgotten that Bakili at public rally called you a murder. He alleged that you killed Solobala with a nail and hammer. Today he shades croc tears and calls you a fallen hero. Hypocrisy!!! We also forgave you for the atrocities of MYP which you commanded. Many Malawians including my grandfather who was a Jehova’s Witness were slaughtered and their property grabbed by your henchmen. I trust you will all meet them either in Paradise or Hade. The military parade will escort there.

  2. Charlie Hebdo says:

    Why is it that when one dies we try to paint them as saints even if they were none. Chakwamba “a selfless Malawian Nationalist!” my foot. He kept changing parties in search of his own comfort. Which selfless man would urge his followers to beat up Lhomwes wherever they found them.

    1. observer says:

      Charlie-Hebdo- I think he as selfless- when he called for beating of Lhomwes- it was because of the greed Lhomwes had shown in plundering Government Resources and taking up all positions in Government- Lhomwes have become so huge than Malawi itself- we need people like Chakwamba who can stand up and say -this is not the Government that we were fighting for Independence- i think i have made a point- RIP Chakwamba

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