Malawi veteran journalist Edward Chitsulo dies aged 56: Burial Tuesday

Malawi veteran journalists Edward Chitsulo, 56 who was Managing Editor for the Nation Publications Limited (NPL).died on Sunday, 15th March 2015 at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.

Chitsulo with President Mutharika

Chitsulo with President Mutharika

Chitsulo was also a columnist in the Weekend Nation under ‘Raw Stuff’, one of the pioneers of newspaper publishing during the transition period when he, alongside another journalist Grey Mang’anda, established GE Publications Limited which produced popular newspaper titles in the name of Michiru Sun and The Star which were key in the fight for multi-party democracy, constitutionalism, respect for human rights and liberalism in Malawi.

Family spokesman described Chitsulo as a father figure who helped everyone in the family to realise their goals.

In a statement issued Sunday, Media Institute of Southern Africa – Malawi Chapter (MISA-Malawi)  condoles Chitsulo’s wife, children and family, Nation Publications Limited, the entire media fraternity, and joins them in mourning the loss of ‘an inspirational and monumental professional’.

“To most media practitioners, he was not only a senior and respectable colleague but also a mentor, trainer and father figure,” said Thom Khanje, Chairperson of Misa-Malawi.

Khanje was journalist working for Chitsulo’s Michiru Sun.

He said Chitsulo will be remembered by journalists and Malawians in general as one of the champions of media freedom, freedom of expression and democracy as he led the media fraternity in its transformation to liberalisation between 1991 and 1994 as the country transitioned to multi-party system of government.

Misa also notes that Chitsulo was one of the founding figures of MISA at regional level and contributed to its establishment in Malawi way back in 1997.

Chitsulo also played a leading role in the establishment of other key media institutions such as the Journalists Association of Malawi (JAMA), the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) and the Media Council of Malawi (MCM).

“He had unwavering standards of professionalism and was a furnace that shaped the media profession in Malawi. In Chitsulo’s death, Malawi’s media has lost a pillar of strength, an icon of media freedom, a model of professional journalism, a fountain of wisdom and a caring senior colleague. May the soul of Edward Chitsulo rest in eternal peace,” said Khanje in the statement.

Nyasa Times editorial director Thom Chiumia who was once trained by Chitsulo at Polytechnic said he was deeply saddened by the death of veteran pressman who worked tirelessly to shape journalism in Malawi.

“We will always miss him. We will always remember what he did. His contribution was immense and has left an unforgettable legacy in the area. My heart goes out to Edward’s family,” said Chiumia from England.

President Peter Mutharika Msaid he learnt with deep shock the untimely death of Chitsulo abd has also offered his condolences.

“The President joins all Malawians in expressing his condolences to the bereaved family, the NPL, the Media Institute of Sothern Africa – Malawi Chapter, the entire media fraternity and the Malawi nation for the loss of a journalist par excellence,” reads a statement from State House.

“Mr. Chitsulo was not an ordinary media practitioner. He was a patriot who, through his writings, fought for and shaped democracy in Malawi. As a media trainer, he helped in the growth of the industry not only in Malawi but in the entire region. As an editor, he helped in the development of Malawi by sensitising our people regarding their rights and responsibilities,” Mutharika said in the statement.

State House said Chitsulo will be missed for his charm, his courage, his zeal, his skills and his willingness to share his ideas with all.

Fellow journalists honoured the late newsman on social media remembering his incredible work over the years.

They pointed out that Chitsulo was an extraordinary journalist, story teller and “an absolute master of his craft.”

The family planned to lay Chitsulo to rest on Tuesday to Ntepele village, near Nguludi Turn-Off on the road to Kanje market in Chiradzulu.

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74 thoughts on “Malawi veteran journalist Edward Chitsulo dies aged 56: Burial Tuesday”

  1. Elias G A Mbvukuta says:

    This is very sad. I know Edward from way back and as Facebook friend. My condolences to the Chitsulo family.

  2. Moto Mtchire says:

    Oh, why so early Edward? I remember Edward when straight from Chancellor College he was posted to teach English at my secondary school at the age of 21 or 22! – he came with two other young teachers and they all caused havoc on campus on weekends with their loud music systems. He taught me English very well, and he taught me how to publish the school newsletter. Little did I know that this young English teacher would one day make it big in journalism in Malawi. May your soul rest in peace, Mr. Chitsulo!

  3. Chatinkha says:

    Its a great loss to the Nation of Malawi. RIP Edward Chitsulo

  4. You are right Mwemo

  5. macd says:

    go thee well raw stuffer

  6. edda mwalweni says:

    That’s too bad. RIP

  7. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Tears are being shed all over the country. Including by us “Rawstaffers” to be sure.
    RIP BWANA.
    As head “Rawstaffer”, Mr. Chisulo was focused, impartial and yet hard-hitting in his columns. And you could sense thru his columns, even without meeting the man in person, that he was a gentleman at heart. Just shows a columnist doesn’t have to be abrasive, and nakedly biased to be successful in our print media.
    Taken from us, so young?

  8. Mwemo says:

    Nation Publications should consider publishing his articles in a book. Could share the proceeds with Chitsulo’s family. RIP son of the soil.

  9. Earth Digger says:

    What a gigantic loss! May the Lord comfort and strengthen the bereaved.

  10. cbk says:

    @gerad kingstong,read the final paragraph.

  11. Denkhule says:

    A humble person. May your Soul rest in peace.

  12. Peter says:

    My condolences go to the bereaved family and the Media Fraternity. RIP

  13. Murray says:

    RIP

  14. joloza kapokola says:

    Oh no! We will miss you Edward. You were a true patriot.

  15. mphwanye says:

    I used to buy Week end Nation because of your column. there was no column in the country that has remained raw than the Raw Stuf. Fare thee well mapwiya. we could have loved it if you remained but alas, who are we to question Gods actions?

  16. mboma says:

    Iam very much saddened by his death, very humble manager, i worked with him, but we communicated only in tumbuka because am from north mzimba and he told me his first job was at livingstonia secondary school, when he speaks tumbuka, u cant know that he from chilazulu, very humble he was never tribalistic this guy, am personaly saddened by his demise, Edward chisulo, mukawa waka adada wane when we met and talked, am so sorry for your children, he used to call me akulu(achimwene) but belive me i am just 34, a just a son to him!!!!!!! yifwa iyi yanipweteka akulu, death is the final enemy we have to face in this world!!!!!! rest in peace

  17. Mwiza says:

    This is a big blow to us readers. I can’t imagine not seeing and reading ” The Raw stuff” column in the Weekend Nation. Very sad indeed that this great man has gone to join Che Vikara. He once called me, someone unknown to him, to discuss a feedback to his article and we had a good brief chat.I felt very honoured indeed. We will surely miss him and my condolences to the family and his workmates. May your soul rest in peace, Edward, true son of Malawi.

  18. Nelson Chimaliro says:

    RIP. We will miss his column in the Weekend Nation. Raw Stuff

  19. mbuyun says:

    God new you before you were born and you have fought for His people.Rest in peace

  20. Clement says:

    Mr E Chitsulo analidi ntolankhani weniweni moti NPL yaluzadi mzati.Sizinazi ati Rafaelo masaya ngati mbewa ya dugu ali kachasu.Eddie C may your soul rest in peace.

  21. Uchindami says:

    ‘Malawi best journalists Eduard Chitsulo’ kodi kulemba nkhaniku mudaphunzira kuti amwene?

  22. Bertha says:

    My man may your soul rest in everlasting eternal peace. I will miss you and your works

  23. Big man says:

    Oh My God! Oastengako nkhalamba zikuyipitsa zikupa za ndedezi bwanji? I wish it were a bad dream

  24. Big man says:

    Raw staff was the best column i have ever seen in this land of prison wall painting presidents

  25. Shelix Munthali says:

    Oh no! I will miss Edward’s sense of humour through his “Raw Stuff”. May his soul rest in peace

  26. hameeda says:

    rest in peace

  27. KUWILA CHILAMBO says:

    Raw Stuff gone.

  28. Bob says:

    Sad that those who are productive in go leaving behind dzitserekwete.

  29. MMALAWI says:

    May his soul rest in eternal peace! A big loss indeed to the media fraternity and the nation as a whole. Would have preferred though to know cause of death and who he is survived by. Try to give us complete articles

  30. BalakaGuy says:

    Iam very sad indeed because if i wanted to buy a nation newspaper ,it was due to that particular article,i enjoyed his column very much,pathu si padzikodi

  31. Willy Maliro says:

    Sorry RIP

  32. Concerned Citizen says:

    Rest In Peace my former Lecture at Poly. We will miss you.

    1. Bwampini wa Muthanyura says:

      Your former “Lecture” or Lecturer? This proves you did not benefit from his wisdom. Shame. And may his soul rest in peace.

  33. Liberalist says:

    We have lost a journalist that was telling everyone a spade is a spade. I liked his style of impartiality. To the family, receive my heartfelt condolence. What a loss to the entire nation?

  34. Eckson Kaime says:

    Other than grt loss of professionalism in Edward’s death, he will also be remembered for his grt sense of humour, interaction, and touch

  35. Boko Haram says:

    very shocked,,RIP

  36. please says:

    RIP

  37. ELHAPO says:

    You were much respected. You rest in peace!

  38. Raw Stuffer says:

    I will really miss the only piece I used to love in Weekend Nation. MHSRIP

  39. APM Gone Bonkers says:

    Kumanda kunka anthu wanthu kusiya amisala akusuta chingambwe nkumalemba mmakoma. Pepani ofedwa, mwafwa – tafwa.

  40. wanda says:

    God has loved you more than we do now. What a big miss. RIP

  41. Peter says:

    who the hell is he? I just know Wagwa Gwede from Nysatimes, aand Ndirande Love, Imran Sadick, Peter Mathanyula wakuba. Do we have other sources of news apart from Nyasa? Its news to me.
    Anyway, rest in harmonic eternal peace my mentor, papa. A big loss indeed

  42. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    On the picture I am seeing the president surrounded by a group of Lhomwes only apart from the Late Chitsulo.

    R I P Chitsulo , you have left this cruel country in the hands Lhomwes and we are now suffering real suffering.

  43. Davie Banda, Mzuzu says:

    very sad indeed. May His Soul Rest in Peace

  44. BECHI says:

    So sad, may his soul rest in peace I as another Chitsulo am shocked am surely I will miss raw stuff.

  45. Lufita boy says:

    abwino samakhalitsa padziko.RIP MR CHITSULO

  46. Parallel Market says:

    I and my fellow Engineers (2003 fourth year class at the Polytechnic) will always remember him as one of the finest Lecturers in Communication of our time. May his soul rest ib peace.

  47. titus Scoti says:

    I was not happy yesterday when I bought the Weekend Nation only to find “we are unable to bring you Raw Stuff due to a technical problem”. Little did I know that the tecnicalproblem wss that the writer Edward Chitsulo was sick. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Weekend Nation will no longer be the same without Raw Stuff.

  48. Gone too soon Mr Chitsulo. I still remember having lunch with you at Crossroads Hotel and telling you how I loved the ‘Raw Stuff’ column. May your soul rest in eternal peace, till we meet again in the next life.

  49. zoshola says:

    RIP

  50. Makala a Tsanya says:

    I remember this great son of Malawi as a master of the art of journalism. Jika Nkolokosa Edward Chitsulo and late Jonathan Kuntambira just to mention a few will be remembered as Gurus of the Media world in Malawi. Rest in eternal peace.

  51. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    Rest in peace Edo

  52. condom says:

    Rest in Peace

  53. Why Chitsulo why? RIP

  54. chiperoni2 says:

    fare ye well Edward. I will miss u. RIP

  55. Joe Mlinda says:

    As an esteemed raw stuffer myself, i am saddened by his demise.RIP.

  56. Achimidzimidzi says:

    MHSRIP

  57. We will remember this man

  58. Likoma Economist says:

    I AM SIMPLY SHOCKED AND DEVASTETED. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE. REST, BROTHER, REST IN PEACE.

  59. cbk says:

    MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCE GOES TO NATION NEWSPAPER AND THE BEREAVED FAMILY.I WILL MISS MY COLUMN “THE RAW STUFF”SO SAD.

  60. gerad kingstong says:

    Kodi maliro ndi aliti? When is burrial? Where? Abale tiyeni tikamulire edward RIP

  61. George says:

    May his soul rest in eternal peace we shall miss him greatly for his contribution to the media fraternal

  62. mphande yituwa says:

    Ríp

  63. brilliant says:

    Very sad

  64. Mngoni weniweni says:

    Mr Chitsulo, you were the reason I used never to miss The Weekend Nation. I came to know you way back in 1997 when The Nation was at K5. Your way of articulating and presenting facts were a marvel. I will personally miss you. Pepani aku banja, nation newspaper, dziko lonse ndi awerengi anzanga a nation newspaper. I will miss you. I will miss the Raw Stuff column. Rest in eternal peace Mr Chitsulo!!!

  65. Why you wanna go so unexpectedly. rip. we always remember you, a fighter

  66. mike Henderson says:

    rest in peace

  67. zingati zanu says:

    Nzeru zanu munandiphunzitsa pa Polytechnic ndizimene ndikugwiritsabe ntchito mpakana pano. You were a genious and a very intelligent wise lecture and father to me.Go well and see you when we get there!

  68. piere says:

    Raw stuffers creed

  69. Dr. Mango says:

    May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

  70. Kanthu says:

    RIP we will miss Raw Stuff

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