Lessons Learned! A tribute to Mrs Ruth Tembo

Paying respect to Mamarita Tembo: Former first lady Callista  Mutharika (left) and former president Bakili Muluzi

Paying respect to Mamarita Tembo: Former first lady Callista Mutharika (left) and former president Bakili Muluzi

When one dies, the best way to honor them is to learn one or two things. Many times people do not learn from other people but death always teaches us a lot. Mrs Tembo’s death is one of them. For those of us who spent some quiet moments with her may agree that everything political she wished for while alive, all happened during her death. All politicians got along for a day.

Mrs Ruth Tembo always talked about unity. She always said “muwakhululukire” in her Suthu accent. She was a mother, a friend, a nutritionist, a fashionista, a prayer worrier, a counselor, a cook, a guest entertainer, and agogo. If there is one thing somebody could learn from this woman, is that she was a loyal wife and friend. She adored her family.

Mrs Tembo was one of a kind. She always dressed elegantly and this is why it was very beautiful to see people looking very good at her funeral as this is exactly how she would have loved everyone to look.

She always hoped that all the old politicians who were friends before could come together and just be normal people.

Mrs Tembo knew her role in her relationship and played it really well. See, she was a woman with alot of confidence. She was happy with who she was. When you met her, it is when you knew that it is important to have self confidence.

Malawians need to be thankful to this lady because she has broken the political barriers. We also need to be thankful to all politicians who came to pay their respect. We can now look at her death as a gift to rebirth our Nation. As a country, we can rise above politics. Our population is too small to be arguing and keeping grudges. If we unite, we can achieve wonders.

Let us take this opportunity to open dialogue and work together. It is obvious that distributing party items at a funeral is uncalled for, but let us look at the bigger picture that this wonderful lady’s funeral brought us all together. We also should realize that the president of the country acted in a very acceptable manner. He needs to be commended and not condemned because of actions of a few party individuals. The President and Vice President, their spouses , Dr Muluzi, Dr Chakwamba, Mr Mpinganjira, Dr Ntaba, Dr Gondwe, Dr Mussa, Ms Calitsa Muntharika, and many more, have to be commended.

 I am sure Mamarie is smiling at the new Malawi that has just been born. As we still mourn our dear lady, we also celebrate her life and the life she has given Malawi through her death. May her soul rest in peace. May Malawi unite!!!!!!

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Shumbi ya ife Calista
Shumbi ya ife Calista

@ Naba, Usatchule Calista, ndi ma hope a ife amenewo. Ukufuna ndikupondeponde kapena?


Kani mtengowaminga ndi dokotala


Great eulogy! Please add faithful and persevering to the adjectives you use to describe this great woman. Akana khala ena banja akanalithawa kale kale.


Nanga Mrs NACgate Ndi Alamu Awo A Kast. Azimai Ozisaka, Kumaomola Zophika Ena. Kayaa!


RIP Gogo


Agree don’t trust them they are pretenders.

Mwama Du

This death has reminded me that wisdom is by your actions displayed to people around. We can unite and better we shall unite when federal system has been achieved.


Calista is Beautiful and please keep it up and teach aunt Gertu how to dress.


A MCP muphunzire kelemekeza imfa! Paja mumasangalala ndi imfa za anzanu! Mulungu simunthu!


pakuti amoyo adziwa kuti tidzafa, koma akufa sadziwa kanthu bi, sadzalandila mphoto pakuti angoiwalika.

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