Malawi VP Chilima pays tribute to lawyer Kumwembe

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) on Wednesday described departed lawyer, Mark Kumwembe, as courageous and hard working.

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chlima and his spouse Madame Mary Chilima lays their wreaths in respect of the late Mark Kumwembe at Lilongwe Girls Cemetery-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chlima and his spouse Madame Mary Chilima lays their wreaths in respect of the late Mark Kumwembe at Lilongwe Girls Cemetery-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Kumwembe died in the wee hours of Monday at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) after a long illness.

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima was also present at the funeral to bid farewell to his long time friend.

Speaking at the funeral in Lilongwe, MLS president, John Banda, said losing young lawyers like Kumwembe was pathetic as there were only 400 lawyers in the country against a population of 16 million.

He noted that the future of the country was in democracy as well as in the laws of the country and that the laws could not be respected if young, dedicated and courageous lawyers were lost.

Said Banda; “Last week Mark called me saying he wanted to renew his membership as a lawyer and start practicing again. I asked him how he was feeling and he assured me that he was well.

“I assured him that I would see him this week only to see him in this casket today.”

According to the MLS president, fellow lawyers worked tirelessly to save the life of Kumwembe when he was sick.

“We made sure that our colleague received all the necessary assistance he required when he was sick. I remember when he went to India for his kidney transplant he wrote a joking status on face book ‘my wife has cooked for me kidneys.’

“As much as we all laughed at the status and commented a lot, I tell you that Mark was in great pain and it was courage that made him write that,” said Banda.

He added, “As we bid farewell to him today, let us all imitate the courageous spirit that he had.”

Representative of the bereaved family Dr. George Chapola thanked Kumwembe’s friends, workmates and well wishers for donating money for their son’s trip to Indian.

“On our own as a family we could not have managed to send him to India for the kidney transplant, but with the assistance that different people gave, he went even though things did not work out the way we expected.

Chapola also hailed the Vice President, Dr. Chilima for sparing his time to bid farewell to his friend, Kumwembe.

According to him, Mark’s illness dated back to 2014 when he just had his wedding.

Born on 5th September, 1981, late Mark Kumwembe hailed from Chimaponda Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Tsabango in Lilongwe and he is survived by a wife, Ekari.

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Doctors must emulate this oneness gesture shown by lawyers here,not the pull him down that we (doctors) have,its a shame indeed.Doctors hate each other to the extent of celebrsting when one is in trouble,the gap created between senior and junior doctors is medievally shameful to the extent that the former expects to be “worshiped” by the later,thid explains the law renumeration doctors have in malawi,they cant progress,stupid breed of clowns.



kweni PK

Mwafwa tafwa Kumwembe. mwatisiyira nkhondo anyamata ku Malawi kuno. mbava izi zikutsala pati? abwino sakhalitsa. usani mu mtendere and look after your widowed wife Ekari.

Seba Machira



The lawyer fraternity has lost a rare breed, Mark was such a great son of Malawi. One of the most humble and incorruptible lawyers from Chanco. He had great future but God had his own plans for him. St Patrick’s Church in LL and St Pius Church (BT) will greatly miss you. RIP the respected son of Malawi let these other lawyers follow your admirable ethical values if Malawi is to progress


May his soul Rest in Peace

thako la mmwenye

Ambuye kutenga ana abwino awa kutisiyira zigawenga achina kasambara ndi kitta. shhaa ziko lokondera ili. Anyway rest in perfect peace dear brother kumwembe

the mark
Am amazed by the friends of Mark Kumwembe, the trust and forOneMark initiatives. Corporates, individuals, such coordination, amazing talents brought together in the spirit to save a life of one Mark. That’s the legacy that onemark, someone I have never met and known until today, has left. An inspirational story, of how one man’s battle became a battle well fought and won by a multitude. Death is not a loss. It’s a gain for the heavens. It’s an angel gained for all of us. The pain and sadness is only but for a moment. He died so we can live.… Read more »
mbex shana

Fantastic comment I buy yours… just to add up it really depicts his good work while he was alive.There are a lot of people who have friends but when they die all of them go away without late so as an emphasis it is the good deeds that follow the deceased not just having more friends.Let me also commend friends of the late for their heartly support during this hard moments,as a lesson let’s emulate what these friends did in pursuit of humanity.May God who is the wiser and eternal be with the late in eternal life.


One of those who stood for truth n transparency. You never gave up though you were in pain. God be with your soul El Mariko Mphatso Kumwembe

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