Moving eulogies as Chakuamba is buried: Funeral unites Malawi political leaders

At exactly 14:16pm on Friday October 28 the body of veteran politician, Gwanda Chakuamba was interred at his home village in Nsanje district with full military honours  in a sombre ceremony.

TThe mourners included former president Bkaili Muluzi who reportedly made great financial contributions in Chakuamba's destitute days and the funeral

The mourners included former president Bkaili Muluzi who reportedly made great financial contributions in Chakuamba’s destitute days and the funeral

Old pals: Hetherwick Ntaba (left) , comedian Micheal Usi  paid their respects to Gwanda

Old pals: Hetherwick Ntaba (left) , comedian Micheal Usi paid their respects to Gwanda

Chakuamba has been buried at a sombre ceremony in  Nsanje

Chakuamba has been buried at a sombre ceremony in Nsanje

Chakuamba buried in a sombre ceremony

Chakuamba buried in a sombre ceremony

DPP strongman George Chaponda  was among the mourners

DPP strongman George Chaponda was among the mourners

People from all walks of life braved the scotching heat of the summer sun to witness the burial of one of the country’s longest serving politicians who died on Monday , 24 October, 2016  while receiving treatment at Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH) where he was admitted on October 13th.

He succumbed to a long battle with heart complications, and his body has been buried at his residence in Chinyanje in the area of Traditional Authority Mlolo in the district.

His funeral managed to bring together politicians, academicians, the business and corporate gurus, artists and laymen- young and old.

Former president Bakili Muluzi led a cross-section of politicians from various political parties including the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) led by their leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Most notable faces that gathered to pay their last respect to the giant of Lower Shire commonly known as ‘Mbuya’ include social commentator and comedian Michael Manganya Usi,  Chakuamba’s nephew and former minister Sidic Mia,   lawyer Bazuka Mhango SC who was his close confidant, Harry Thomson, State House chief-of-staff Peter Mukhito, former Mutharika’s aide on communications Bright Malopa, Mutharika’s long serving aide Ben Phiri, Kholiwe Mkandawire,  People’s Party (PP) leader Uladi Mussa among others.

The mammoth of the crowd that gathered at Chakuamba’s residence clearly demonstrates what a great politician he was with every eulogy affirming his love for this country.

Paramount Chief Lundu described Chakuamba as the only original and genuine Mbuya (father) of the Lower Shire, saying “There will be no other. He remains the veteran of Lower Shire. Nobody should claim to be Mbuya.”

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Easter Mcheka Chilenje described him as father and mentor of many, saying he made sure every politician know  “there are no permanent enemies in politics.”

Leader of Opposition in Parliament and MCP president Lazarus Chakwera as well as Chakuamba’s best of best friends Bazuka Mhango highlighted how the deceased, who once served in various ministerial positions, was frank with his words.

“He was open with his mind; a great listener. It was his frankness as he never minced words and that, more often, got him in trouble,” explained Mhango in his eulogy.

In a separate interview, Chakwera described Chakuamba as one of pillars in Malawian politics and a freedom fighter.

“He was a person that was a true fighter to the end. He fought for Malawi independence.  Despite all issues Malawians face, he is still a winner because the last battle he fought, he fought with Christ.

“We remember him with great honor. He was able to burry all grudges after he came out of prison and continued to serve Malawians. We must continue to fight for all liberations. And continue to fight without holding grudges with anybody because as a nation we rise or sink together,” said Chakwera.

Chakuamba, the man who stamped a unique political chapter in the country, died aged 82, and would be remembered by as a nationalist who played a significant role during the struggle for independence in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

He was born 4 April 1934.

From the country’s independence in 1964 until 1980, Chakuamba was a key figure within the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which was the sole legal political party.

During the rule of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, he held many cabinet positions and was Commander of the MCP youth group Malawi Young Pioneers.

Chakuamba served in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), United Democratic Front (UDF) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and was affiliated to former governing Peoples Party (PP) before retiring from active politics in April this year.

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3 thoughts on “Moving eulogies as Chakuamba is buried: Funeral unites Malawi political leaders”

  1. Masa says:

    Modern English please,”died” and ” buried” these words could be replaced with other words, please move with times, think of the wider audience which includes relatives and children. It is not just grammer that matters but also the tone of the message. However there are exception , where you could still use the words to emphasize a tragic events olo ngati nkhaniyo ikukhudza munthu amene you don’t know or if it is a group or those who were notorious I.e a rebel soldier died and was buried by him commrades , or innocent children died when they were buried by the ravel in the aftermath of an earthquake or if it was an accident you would say ” Dr Mtafu died on a road accident” to emphasize a fact or the FACt he was killed by ” xyz” I.e died after stabwounds..use die and burried wisely.

  2. tchutchutchu says:

    FACT ONE : Well from a very fare point of view chakWamba was strict and cruel during his days of power but just like kamuzu they could be forgiven because Malawi was not democratic then

    FACT TWO. a state funeral is the highest honor to a civilian it includes military ceremony and a military funeral honors are only given to serving or ex serving members of the armed forces.

    FACT THREE. His motivates were very much driven by personal hunger for power and luxury a thing he copied from kamuzu but did it with very low morals or principals , very dictatorial style of leadership where one doesnt like opposing ideas, just chihana “money and power” was the main goal and had pleasure showing these off amougst his people at home. Dela makes our politiciana swing from liberals,nationalists,left wing,right wing..The likes of mpinganjila not lucious banda are the politicians i dont respect .

    FACT FOUR. He and John Tembo can be rrecognizedand remembered ffor the longest record of active politics at a senior level any Malawi an ever attained. John Tembo is another topic..had all the power hunger..greed for money however he was principled enough and loyal/royal to one party.

    Summary..let’sface the truth when reflecting at his life as a politician ..Our politicians are not mandelas or MartinLutherKings. chakWambaprivate life as a person could be different but as per his political life the ffacts are known and true..yes aNazunzidwa by mcp and but muluzi..aleke.wwere all jailed too.

    ChakWamba was a joker flamboyant and amongthe respected politicians who saw us get independent. RIP

  3. Robust health wa Frozzy says:

    Handsome Chaponda..kkk

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