Tenthani’s loss big blow to Times, says MD Chikadya: APM, JB pay tribute

Managing Director of Times Group Leonard Chakadya has confessed that the death of seasoned journalist and celebrated columnist Ralph Tenthani would affect sales of one its publications, The Sunday Times.

Times Group boss Leonard Chikadya:  Big loss

Times Group boss Leonard Chikadya: Big loss

Chikadya made the remarks at College Medicine Mortuary when scores of people paid their last respects to the fallen media hero.

Tenthani died in a car accident at Kam’mwamba in Balaka on Saturday on his way from his home village Sharpe Valle in Ntcheu.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mlambe Mission Hospital in Blantyre in an accident which also involved his two sons, a brother and a colleague.

Chakadya said his column the ‘Muckraker’ published every week in The Sunday Times was helped to gain readership.

“I would like to offer condolence Ralph’s family and those who had worked with him at Times Group,” Chikadya said.

“I must say The Sunday Times will no longer be the same again because his column attracted readers. Most of The Sunday Times reader started with his column.”

He also said the death had robbed the country of a fiery critic who always strived for the authorities to provide checks and balances.

“To the politicians Ralph’s death is a big blow because he used to give constructive criticisms on policy issues,” he added.

Scores of journalists including the Mayor of Blantyre City Noel Chalamanda, politician Humphreys Mvula were among those turned out to pay their last respects at College of Medicine in Blantyre.

Tributes

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika has joined the media fraternity in the country in paying tribute to Tenthani.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa said the President was deeply shocked with Tenthani’s death, describing him as a patriot whose writings fought for democracy in Malawi.

Said Nankhumwa in the statement:“Tenthani was not an ordinary media practitioner. He was a patriot, who, through his writings, fought for and shaped Malawi’s democracy. Through his writings locally and beyond, he helped in putting Malawi on the world map. Mr. Tenthani contributed in the development of Malawi by sensitising our citizens on their rights and responsibilities.

“He will be missed for his charm, his courage, zeal, skill and his willingness to share his ideas with us all.”

Former president Joyce Banda, speaking through her press officer Tusekele Mwanyongo, said she was greatly shocked to learn about the tragic death of Tenthani, known for his impeccable English.

Hr said Joyce Banda, currently in United States and expected back in Malaiw this months, was “deeply troubled and saddened” by the death of Tenthani.

She described Tenthani as “one of the most outstanding journalists of his generation” and that his reports on BBC, Associated Press, Sunday Times, Pana, Nyasa Times were “always perceptive, balanced and compelling.”

Banda said her thoughts were with Tenthani’s friends and family.

The body of Tenthani, who died aged 44 years-old, will be buried at his home Sharp Valley village in Ntcheu  on Monday.

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32 thoughts on “Tenthani’s loss big blow to Times, says MD Chikadya: APM, JB pay tribute”

  1. kk says:

    ACCIDENTS ARE HAPPENING DAILY ON ROADS OF MALAWI, AND ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE DYING SO CAN YOU CONCLUDE THAT IT IS THE DPP THAT IS CAUSING ACCIDENTS. sTUPID AND LAZZ THINKING MALAWIANS. THE DEATH OF A STAR, A WRITER AND A JOURNALIST LIKE TANTHANI SHOULD NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE pRESIDENT BECAUSE HE IS ALSO SADNNED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

  2. benn says:

    Yes there must be Dausi behind that seen

  3. Precious Dausi says:

    A BIG LOSS TO MALAWI

  4. howe says:

    Comment 16 ukalowenso mkalasi kuti mwima mutu wakowo utseguke. Ngozi ikachitika amati mufe nonse ngati? Ndi nthawi yake Mulungu kutenga amene akumufuna komanso ena samafa. Pa Linthipe 1 sometime back, bus yaikulu inagwa onse anafa kupatula mmodzi and she is still alive. Ndiwe kape eti.

    Nanga amapsya ndi moto aja, ena bwanji amati ndinatuluka koma mwana ndinakanika kumutulutsa tidziti anapanga dala? Tiya Somba Banda was just behind tenthanis vehicle waona zonse ndipo watsimikiza kuti analuza balance. Anamwa ameneyo koma ngati sanamwe, ndi nthawi basi tiyeni tivomeleze.

    Nanga mzipatala muja opangidwa admission, bwanji ena amachila ena ayi nde tidziti ma dotolo amagwilizana zokupha ena?

  5. BOMA says:

    Heh koma akulu ena alemba chinglish

  6. apundi says says:

    inde a dpp mwapha munthu chifukwa cha muckracker programme

  7. Tenthani was a messial for the poor in malawi and the Bee tht stung corrupt politicians.Rip my adored reporter. Zambia

  8. Jihad John says:

    The bad roads of Malawi are death traps. Please widen the Zalewa road. The Zomba to Balaka is very bad. No wonder Malawians still cry for Kamuzu. He would not let public services to deteriorate because of cashgate. Everyday millions ofy public funds are being stolen and abused.

  9. Truth says:

    Preliminary report. Tyre shot and burst. Overturn. All survive. Assassin on scene. Collect the injured. Finish off turget on way to Mlambe. Make announcement.

  10. Khoromana says:

    Yesterday we lost Bishop Zuza, then Edward Chitsulo, lero we ve lost Tenthan! Yes we are indeed passing through dark age. satanics truly at work.

  11. some people here you are stupid. Do you want to tell me that dpp gurus service tenthani`s car ,did the writer explain what happens during accident,dont be idiots and some of you involved in road accident was dpp there .just cheap politic.

  12. edda mwalweni says:

    Peter & your DPP please tell us what happened. We know how you felt about his critics
    Palibe chinsisi pansi pano zimveka

  13. dpp munapha chasowa lero mwapha Tenthani. ben phiri, nickolasi dausi, masangwi, muli, ndi peter mufotokozere mtundu wa amalawi zomwe mwapangazi. nankumwa, we r waiting for you..

  14. MVULA IKAGWA KUCHULUKA ZOLIRALIRA. KODI DPP NDI IMENE INANENA KUTI ADUMPHE ZIPATALA ZONSEZO KUPITA KU MULAMBE? BWANJI KUGANIZA NGATI MWANA? MUNAONAPO NGOZI ITACHITIKA, NDIYE ACHIPANI NKUMALAMULIRA ZA CHIPATALA CHOMWE ANTHU OKHUDZIDWAWO ANGAPITE? DPP INALIPO POCHITIKA NGOZIYO? IWE NDIWE WOPUSA ETI? GANIZO LOPITA KU MLAMBE KUDUMPHA ZIPATALA ZONSEZO LINACHOKERA KU DPP,,, KAPENA KWA ANTHU AMENE ANALI NAWO MU GALIMOTOYO? KAPENA KWA ANTHU AMENE ANABWERAPO KUDZATHANDIZA PA NGOZIYO? WASOWA NKHANI IWEYO ETI?

  15. ZU says:

    Kammwamba ndi boma la neno not balaka

  16. Malawian weni weni says:

    COMMENT # 3 DDP GURU,

    WHICH MOWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO TOLD YOU HE WAS DRUCK? SINDIFUNA KUNDIYAKHULISA PAMBALI. JUST BECAUSE THE GUY USED TO DRING, AND YOU WANT TO HIDE BEHIND THAT.

    THE GUY WAS NOT DRUCH, HE WAS COMING FROM HIS HOME VILLAGE WITH HIS SONS AND, A FRIEND. WHY ONLY HIM NOT ANYONE OF THEM. A BIG QUEATION MARK HERE, THE NATION IS WAITING FOR ANSWERS.

    WHICH OTHER CARS WERE ENVOVED IF THEY WERE ANY;WHICH NONE OF THE REPORTER ARE REPORTING. WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER PART,ANY ONE OF THEM IN THE HOSPITAL? WHO WAS AROUND WHEN THIS WAS HAPPEN, WHAT HAPPEN AT NCHEU HOSPITAL,AND WHY MULAMBE, DID HE GET ANY HELP AT ALL- AT ANY OF THE NEARLEST HOSPITAL. MULAMBE HOSPITAL IS QT A DISTANT.
    WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING HOSPITALS FROM NCHEU:
    MANGOCHI
    LIWONDE
    BALAKA
    ZOMBA

    WHY MULAMBE????????????????????????????????/

    THE NATION IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS.

    RP TENTHANI, ZABWINO SIZIKHALA PADZIKO.

    HOT DEBATE.

    1. CHIZUNGU CHIKAMAVUTA CHICHEWA CHILIPO

  17. big testicles says:

    so all you’re worried about is the lost sales? eeiishh!

  18. bentry smart says:

    peter and DPP you are liable and responsible for this.

  19. nachanza says:

    It is hard, but we have to accept it, sometimes when things like this happen it is the way God wants to show us that there is a lot of young journalist in Malawi who will come out and be as good as the late Raphael. Malawi is big enough, and I trust you talented Journalist you will make Mr Tenthani Proud by be the best.

  20. Malongo says:

    Political Vultures are celebrating, but the real patriots are mourning the demise of great patriot Raphael Tenthani!

  21. abiti mtila says:

    rest in peace raph.mukalandire malipiro a zomwe munafetsa.

  22. Msadane says:

    Fare you well bwana Ralph. Yours was a mission well executed. May your legacy inspire some more worthy talking about journalistic practitioners in the mother land

  23. hon says:

    Am still in shock, cant believe he is really gone. This world is not our home for sure. RIP

  24. Wiseman Ubuntu says:

    Big Big loss!

  25. Zanimuwone says:

    When Edward Chisulo died, somebody, a politician, commented warming Tenthani that Edward had gone and next it was him. What can we say now?

  26. ujeni says:

    One of a kind. Big loss to the nation. Seodi do you suspect some foul play here too?

  27. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Which president are you talking about? That witch, hes happy who is Nankhumwa fooling

  28. DPP Guru says:

    Mowa ndiwachabe

  29. Mulukunuwa maluku says:

    Rip ralph u were really a patriotic citizen rip

  30. Tifanamaso says:

    Very sad indeed, may his soul rest in eternal peace.

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