JB mourn Nga Mtafu: Tributes pour in on Malawi ‘distinguished neurosurgeon’

Tributes continue to pour in on the death of Chief Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Health, Dr George Nga Mtafu, with former president Joyce Banda also expressing her shock at the demise of Mtafu who died Tuesday in Blantyre when his car was involved in an accident along the Chileka road and sustained serious injuries.

Mtafu: No more

Mtafu: No more

In a condolence message on Tuesday evening, Banda said she learnt about the death of a neurosurgeon and former politician with “great shock”.

“The late Dr. Mtafu was one of the most distinguished neurosurgeons on the African continent. His colleagues in SADC and Africa usually consulted him for expert advice on cases relevant to his field. Therefore, Dr. Mtafu had been instrumental in saving many lives through his expertise not only in Malawi but in other countries in Africa and beyond,” said Banda.

“Apart from being a neurosurgeon, I shall also remember the late Dr. Mtafu as a dedicated and patriotic politician who selflessly served his country for many years. He was detained during the one-party dictatorship. After his release from detention, Dr. Mtafu could have chosen to leave and work anywhere in the world. However, Dr. Mtafu stayed in Malawi and fought gallantly for democracy in the early 1990s and thereafter served in the first democratically elected government as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Likoma and cabinet minister,” Banda said in her tribute.

Mtafu was arrested and imprisoned without trial for making a statement disagreeing with President Hastings Banda’s pronouncements.

Upon his release in 1991, he became active in reform politics, later associating himself with the new United Democratic Front (UDF).

He served in various ministerial portfolios during the UDF regime under Bakili Muluzi presidency.

When Joyce Banda was in power in 2012, she invited Mtafu back into government where he served as an advisor in the Ministry of Health.

“ Throughout my interaction with Dr. Mtafu, he came across as a man who had deep passion for his profession and his country,” said Banda.

“I wish, therefore, to convey my deepest condolences to his dear wife, Elvy, children, relatives and the entire nation during this moment of sadness.I pray to God that He may allow Dr. Mtafu’s Soul to Rest in Everlasting Peace,” Banda said.

Mtafu was born at Likoma and trained at a medical school in Germany.

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31 thoughts on “JB mourn Nga Mtafu: Tributes pour in on Malawi ‘distinguished neurosurgeon’”

  1. zimatero says:

    sad to know,life is short indeed,RIP

  2. Blessings Kaweru says:

    R l p Dr. Ntafu

  3. Konyapapa Nyapani says:

    Am not Mr am Dr,ndidzawakumbukira ndi mau amenewa.RIP

  4. g alfred jb says:

    Pali nthawi yobadwa ndi yakufa.ntafu rip.only remembered by wat u hve done.

  5. ganganfuno says:

    RIP Doc

  6. General Joseph Mwamsamale says:

    These were real doctors. Specialists I respect. Really used to work unlike what we see today. MHSRIEP

  7. tonde wa tonde says:

    please atolankhani come up with real imformation .How many children mr Nga NTAFU have
    left? How old was mr Goerge Ntafu? was born to whom and in afamily of how many?
    Mind you atolankhani the late Bingu wanted to school you because u dont come up with
    completel imformation.Please dont attack me ndangodusamo.

  8. mutu wa mbuzi says:

    Pepani ananfedwa

  9. tonde wa tonde says:

    Anga Ntafu tikusawani ife amupesa anzanu ,

  10. Two weeks ago it was Victor Mbewe and now Mtafu. UDF yamala nadi. RIP Mtafu.

  11. nyamama says:

    Doc I will miss you in the hospital corridors. I remember you as a man who refused to take fun of the Holy Bible when you were telling me that you don’t swear by the Bible because si book loseweletsa anthu amalumbila but go to parliament and act to the contrary. we thought your were a pagan but little did we know that you could preach and sing in the SDA church, I will miss you, the ward rounds and your jokes sir. may your soul RIP.

  12. Mike says:

    Dr Joyce Banda,you say you are praying to God to ‘alow’ his soul to rest in peace?? are u serious?? are u a true christian?? do u read your bible?? the bible says it is meant for one to die once and thereafter judgement.one can pray for mercy for someone who has already died.we need to constantly seek God and invite Jesus daily into our lives to avoid regretting while in hell.people hell is real and Heaven is a real place too.we need to accept Jesus christ as our Lord and saviour and ask him to forgive our sins daily.we need to live for him alone.zintchito za ziko lapansi zizatitsa ndithu.so everything we do in secret shall be exposed.we all need Jesus daily.ths death reminds us kut aliyense ali pa ulendo.lets serve God and live for Jesus daily.

  13. blessings Goba says:

    May his soul Rest in Peace

  14. Corruption says:

    Mr. Speaker SIR, Mr. Speaker SIR, Mr. Speaker SIR. you must be very stupid. RIP.

  15. Kadakwiza says:

    Very sad indeed, May Ntafu’s Soul Rest In Peace.

  16. wodandaula says:

    ”Agalu inu agalu inu,section 65 number one and budget number two” . Thats how i ll’ live to remember George Nga Ntafu RIP true son of MALAWI

  17. monte says:

    kaka nzimu wanu uwuse ndi mtendere

  18. gan says:

    mphono salota ukanati uzilota iwe kut galimoto ndikugulayi idzachachotsa moyo wanga sindinakakugura , kutalikilenji komwe ndinakugula ku japan komwe uko, the great man is gone RIP

  19. Lyton Magola says:

    Hard to believing he is gone, but its for real, may his saul rest in peace

  20. Kalekeni Kanene says:

    My deep & sincere condolences to the Mtafu family. Malawis known first neuro-surgeon is gone. He was a pride of of our beloved country. Pepani. Malawi waferedwa kwambiri apa. We have really lost. RIP.

  21. isaac sefasi says:

    he was a man of integrity and high value even internationally. politics killed his main office.

  22. Bwande says:

    The comedian of “Agalu inu” joke is gone! May his soul rest in peace

  23. bertha says:

    R I P Dr NTAFU

  24. mbi says:

    I remember Ntafu as a Neuro Surgeon who refused or ignored to attend to former Speaker Rodwell Mnyenyembe. I don’t know how his conscious was at the time of his death.

  25. Nankhoma says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  26. Ndoda yabwandila says:

    Basically,the mould of a man’s
    integrity is in his hands- Here we
    are mourning my ole pal George
    this only me ‘Anali munthu
    wabwino’Fare ye well NGA !

  27. pusu says:

    BY NOW NTAFU WOULD BE CALLED PROFESSOR IN ORDER TO BE INE INE LIKE WHAT WE CURRENTLY SEE ON THE GROUND BUT NTAFU CHOSE TO DIFFER HIMSELF ON IT HENCE HE REMAINED TO BE CALLED Dr or OTHERS EVEN DRESSED HIM MR NTAFU HE HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AS HE WAS SO HUMBLE WITH DEEP PASSION FOR EVERYBODY WHO WANTED TO BE ASSISTED.HIS HEART WAS NOT FOR RICHES OR TO BE KNOWN TO THE NATION LIKE OUR FELLOW doctors WHO WANT ALWAYS TO BE ADDRESSED AS PROFESSORS. I WILL MISS IMWE BA NTAFU AND I AM REALLY CONVINCED THAT KUMANDA KUKUPITA ANTHU WHILST ZISILU ARE HAPPY IN THIS COUNTRY.

  28. Khodoba says:

    Politics aside, Mtafu really loved his country. Lord have mersy that he rests in your eternal peace. Mumukhululukire zochimwa zake

  29. amuna says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  30. Happening Boy says:

    So big brain, fearless politician, best and devoted medical practitioner is gone, this was a man and a half, hope God will give us a replacement.

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