Malawians pay last respects to politician Harry Chiume

Sombre mood engulfed HHI Cemetery in Blantyre Saturday afternoon when thousands of Malawians from all walks of life paid their last respects to veteran politician and lawyer late Harry Chiume.

Late Chiume, founding President of the now disbanded National Unity Party (NUP) and also an accomplished academician, died last Sunday, aged 65, at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre after suffering heart complications.

In their eulogies, various speakers hailed the late Chiume for his principled personality as well as exemplary lifestyle while serving the nation in various capacities as a politician and law lecturer at the University of Malawi (UNIMA), among others.

“Malawi has lost one of its courageous sons. He was a principled politician, an accomplished academician who fought gallantly for multiparty democracy in our country,” mourned Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa who represented President Joyce Banda.

Paying his tribute on behalf of the legal fraternity, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ralph Kasambara applauded late Chiume for the positive contribution he made while serving in various legal positions in the country.

Kasambara observed that late Chiume was a professional person who worked diligently and will be missed by the entire Malawian legal fraternity.

Also paying homage was at the burial ceremony was Clapperton Mayuni, Executive Director of the Bible Society of Malawi (BSM) where late Chiume was also the president after serving as its Executive Director between 1984 and 1986.

Mayuni described late Chiume as a visionary man who, during his time at BSM, tirelessly enticed the youth in scripture distribution besides dedicating his life to the work of God.

Late Chiume also served as Vice Chairman of the House of the Lords of the Enlightenment Christian Gathering Church International of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri where he congregated.

Besides Mussa, Kasambara several other senior officials such as Deputy Minister for Economic Planning and Development, Khwauli Msiska, Foreign Affairs Minister, Ephraim Chiume, People’s Transformation Party (Petra) President, Kamuzu Chibambo, former minister and Malawi’s High Commissioner to Mozambique, Ziliro Chibambo, Attorney General, Anthony Kamanga, Retired Justice Elton Singini, Justices Anaclet Chipeta and Edward Twea also attended the burial ceremony.

Survived by a wife and four children, late Chiume who hailed from Nkhata Bay district, was the first publicity secretary of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) that took Malawi’s founding President and dictator late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda head on.

Nyasa Times senior photographer Jeromy Kadewere took pictures  and here is the pictorial focus of the burial ceremony.

Fare thee well Harry..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Fare thee well Harry..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mrs Chiume on her way to lay her wreathe......Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mrs Chiume on her way to lay her wreathe……Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Body viewing.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Body viewing…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Choir members singing solemn songs .....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Choir members singing solemn songs …..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa making his eulogy.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa making his eulogy…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kamlepo Kalua was also present.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kamlepo Kalua was also present…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Petra  President Kamuzu Chibambo was part of the mourners..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Petra President Kamuzu Chibambo was part of the mourners..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Ralph Kasambara making his eulogy....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Ralph Kasambara making his eulogy….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Sombre faces....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Sombre faces….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Taking the casket to the hearse ready to leave for HHI......Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Taking the casket to the hearse ready to leave for HHI……Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Preparing the resting place .....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Preparing the resting place …..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kondowe closing  the casket after body viewing....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kondowe closing the casket after body viewing….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Retured Supreme Court judge Elton Singini at the burial ceremony of Chiume

Retured Supreme Court judge Elton Singini at the burial ceremony of Chiume

A man carries Harry Chiume's potrait.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

A man carries Harry Chiume’s potrait…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Assemblies of God women with wreathes in their hands.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Assemblies of God women with wreathes in their hands…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

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