The remains of Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Maxon Mbendera, who died on Thursday, will be buried on Saturday at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre, the family has announced.
The cousin to the deceased, Hastings Thembakako said Mbendera , who was a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal funeral ceremony will take place on Saturday.
Mbendera was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Lilongwe Private Clinic after he had collapsed during a meeting at the office of the Auditor General in the capital city.
Born on November 4 1958, Mbendera, who was among distinguished lawyers conferred the honour of Senior Counsel (SC), was appointed judge of the High Court of Malawi by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika on September 12 2009 and on December 14 2012 former president Joyce Banda promoted him to the Supreme Court and later Banda appointed him chair of MEC in October 2012 to now retired chief justice Anastasia Msosa .
An emotional tribute was made by former Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Lot Dzonzi.
Dzonzi, who is also a prolific writer, described Mbandera who also served as Attorney General, as humble man who helped him a lot during college days.
He issued this statement: “I arrived on Chirunga Campus in October 1980 wearing patapata,with a single pair of trousers and one shirt. A final year law student spotted my lack. One Wedneday evening as we came out of a SCOM meeting he invited me to his room.We walked down to Dunduzu Hall. Once in his room he open his wardrobe and invited me to pick two pairs of trousers,three shirts and a jacket. That law student was Maxon Mbendera.
“A few months later he walked into Cafeteria A with his girlfriend Ida Ndovi. They got their food and found a table.They walked to the taps, whilst washing their hands another student approached Maxon and hit him real hard on the face.The whole cafeteria went silent and waited to see how the whole saga would unfold. How would a SCOM chairman who has been embrassed in front of his girlfriend and in the presence of over a hundred student witnesses respond. Maxon simply said God bless you. He walked back to his table and continued to eat and chat with his girlfriend like nothing happened.
“A few days later somebody knocked on the door of his room he opened and saw the student who hit him, he invited him into the room.Once inside the guy told Maxon that until that moment in the cafeteria he hated his Jesus and he hated Maxon too but now had realize that Maxon was not fake,HE WANTED TO KNOW HIS JESUS.”
Prior to his appointment as judge, Mbendera had an illustrious career in private practice through the legal firm, Mbendera & Nkhono Associates where he was a partner.
As MEC chair, the usually calm and collected Mbendera will be remembered for publicly and uncharacteristically weeping on May 30 2014 as he announced final results of the May 201 2014 Tripartite Elections at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre.
His gesture shocked many Malawians, especially coming against a background of reports of disagreements among MEC commissioners on results
He confessed that he had an emotional attack after realizing that he was about to make a declaration that would spark wild celebrations for the winning party when one family elsewhere was mourning.
Born on November 4, 1958, Mbendera hailed from Kapala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chakhumbira in Ntcheu and is survived by a wife and four children .Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :