Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition, Lazarous Chakwera has thanked Malawians for their comforting during the bereavement of the much-respected wife of retired politician John Tembo .
Chakwera said Malawians mourned Mrs Ruth Tembo in peace, unity and dignity.
“This was comforting to the Tembo family and the Malawi Congress Party,” said Chakwera.
He als thanked all people for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement
“The sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated,” he said.
“I would like to commend government for the support rendered to Honourable Tembo’s family and Malawi Congress Party as a whole during this time. Your financial, material and moral support is greatly appreciated,” he added.
Family representatives Professor Zimani Kadzamira and Morgan Tembo also hailed President Peter Mutharika and his government for leading the nation in mourning.
“We certainly thank the public for all their help, all of their prayers because we certainly need this right now,” said Tembo.
Ruth, wife of 45 years of John Tembo, died last Monday at Dae Yung Luke Hospital in Lilongwe where she had gone for treatment after a short illness.
Malawians from all walks of life and across the political divide felt the tremendous emotion of the solemn occasion when she was being laid to rest at Nthulu Village in the area of traditional authority Kaphuka in Dedza.
President Mutharia led the people who paid their last respects to Tembo’s wife who included former president Bakili Muluzi, Vice-President Saulosi Chilima and former vice-president Justin Malewezi and Khumbo Kachali.
There was also Speaker of National Assembly who is also MCP Vice President Richard Msowoya, deputy speaker of parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma, senior executive members of Peoples Party led by Brown Mpinganjira and the MCP membership.
In her eulogy at the ceremony, Dr Audrey Makenete from Lesotho and a relation of the late Mrs Tembo, said the family in Lesotho received the news of the demise of their aunt with shock because she was a mother and an excellent home-maker to them.
Makeneke said the family in Lesotho would miss her for the love and advice they used to receive from her.
The late Mrs Tembo who was born in 1941 in Lesotho, her home of origin, leaves behind a widow, four children and six grandchildren.
Deputy Reserve Bank Governor of the Reserve Bank of Lesotho also came to attend the funeral which was graced by cabinet Ministers, some parliamentarians from all political parties in the country, chiefs, the clergy, and party officials from different parties.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :