Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa and Minister of Home Affairs Atupele Muluzi were among those who gathered at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Thursday yto greet the plane carrying late James Mbowe Nyondo, president of National Salvation Front (NASAF) who died at the age of 47 last week in South Africa.
The plane according to records at Malawi Cargo Centre was expected at the Airport at 12:20 but it delayed till around 1:50.
Briefing reporters, Nankhumwa said the President Peter Mutharika is saddened over the untimely demise of Nyondo.
“Nyondo was a person who used to give positive advice to Mutharika, that is why the President has ordered that government should do everything possible in making sure that it takes care of all arrangements leading to the burial ceremony,” said Nankhumwa.
Other notable people were ruling Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni, Tobaco Control Commission (TCC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Bruce Muthali.
Deacon Pius Chavula of Church of Christ said the church has lost a pillar.
Chavula said Nyondo was not an ordinary member but a trained theologian.
Nyondo’s uncle, Blair Nyondo, said the family is very touched over the demise of their relation.
Nyondo died of cancer in the evening of Friday, 17 July 2015, at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
The body of Nyondo has since been taken to his uncle’s residence in Area 47, where friends and relatives, including well- wishers have been holding a funeral vigil since Saturday, last week.
Burial of the body will take place Friday, 24 July 2015, at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe. The burial ceremony will be preceded by a funeral service, which will be conducted from 10 A.M at Church of Christ, in Area 47, Lilongwe.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :