President Peter Mutharika has mourned the sudden death of former minister Dr George Nga Mtafu who died after being involved a car crash in Blantyre on Tuesday.
Nga Mtafu, one of renowned politicians and neurosurgeon, was pronounced dead at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital where he was rushed to after the vehicle he was driving Nissan March LA 4756 collided with a Ministry of Health lorry MG 875 AC.
The accident occured at about 12pm (Tuesday) at Chatha trading centre along Chileka road in Blantyre.
And Mutharika in his condolence message described Mtafu as a Statesman, saying the news of his sudden death has left him shocked and speechless.
”The First Lady and I are shocked beyond words at the death of a statesman, Dr. George Nga Mtafu. The tragic, the inconceivable, has happened. But we are being comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika said Mtafu will always be remembered for his efforts to transform Malawi for better through his profession and political career.
”We will remember George’s great contributions to building and strengthening the country. He was amongst the people who worked hard for our young democracy, we will forever remember his legacy and unique contribution to Malawi”.
Mutharika added: ”George will be missed and he will never be forgotten”.
The President has since sent his condolences to Ntafu’s wife and family.
Mtafu was once arrested and imprisoned without trial for making a statement disagreeing with President Hastings Banda’s pronouncements. Upon his release in 1991, he became active in reform politics, and is one of the founding members United Democratic Front (UDF).
He served in various ministerial portfolios during the UDF regime under Bakili Muluzi presidency, and in 2012 former president Joyce Banda appointed Mtafu as Chief Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Health.
Mtafu was also once UDF treasurer general and the party’s leader in Parliament.
He is survived by wife, Elvy a commissioner at the Malawi Electoral Commission, and children.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :