UPDATED: Samute’s body to arrive Friday, burial in Zomba on Sunday

Veteran civil servant Willie Samute, the deputy chief secretary in the Office of President and cabinet, has passed away, government has confirmed.

Samute: No moe

Samute: No moe

He had suffered a short illness of heart problem  and died as South African hospital Wednesday.

Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa has since said the body of  Samute is expected to arrive in the country on Friday, August 21, through the Kamuzu International Airport.

He paid tribute to Samute as “an extraordinary individual.”

According to Mkondiwa, a Church Service will be held in Lilongwe on Saturday, before taking the remains to his home at Songani in Zomba District.

He will be laid to rest  on Sunday, August 23.

Meanwhile, mourners are gathering at his official residence in Area 10

Samute had a “distinguished” career in the civil service up to one point acting as Chief Secretary in OPC.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima has paid tribute.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the Public Service Reform Commission, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to family members, civil servants and the people of Malawi on the passing on of Deputy Chief Secretary to the Government, Mr. Willie Samute,” Chilima said in statement.

He said: “A professional and career civil servant, the late Samute rose from humble beginnings to become one of Malawi’s most accomplished and dedicated civil servants, earning himself esteem from fellow civil servants and Malawians across the country.”

Chilima said late Samute was “a symbol of selfless humanity whose humility and dedication to public service served as an inspiration to many.”

Adding that late Samute’s “significant contribution to the ongoing public sector reforms will always be valued and remembered.”

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From the comments i gather Samute was a true professional. May His Soul Rest In Peace. As an outsider i know Samute when he was Acting Secretary to the Cabinet he unilateral announced a pay rise for civil servants or something closer to that. This shows how passionate he was for the welfare of civil servants


Bob Finye @ comment 47 yako ija tsopano. Sunasiyebe? Unapumatu pakatipa.

Very true guys, there is no way we could be paying foreign countries for dying people. What is so special in South Africa that Malawi can’t do. We have the Ngaa’s very competent Doctors on opening brain skulls. Many, many doctors are just doing paper work as administrators. Please Malawi, try to utilise people in their careers properly. Also buy facilities that will help Malawians here at home. Its a pity sending a person to foreign countries only receiving the remains. he/she can not talk to relatives. while here if any world a person can say it before the last… Read more »

@lovemaniac91 thanks for making it clear that samute was a womanizer.mmmmmm ma messenger achizimai apume iiiiiiii malemu aluso awa.Engine imagwira zosacheza ha ha ha RIP malemu iiiiiiiiii


koma ku joweni ndi kwa chabe zipatala zake zimangomaliza anthu bolanso sento

H Kamdidi

Going to South Africa because there is medicine and you use government resources thinking that you are clever! You leave poor Malawians in local hospitals and dying of treatable diseases.

Patrick Dube

Please chonde akulu akulu tayesetsani kumanga zipatala za mphamvu m’dziko mwathu muno. Zowonadi zikutichititsa manyazi zoti munthu wa mkulu akadwala akwele ndege kukafuna chithandizo dziko la kunja. Zingowonetsa kuti palibe zomwe Boma likuchita pa nkhani ya ukhondo. Akulu adati konza ka pansi kuti kam’mwamba katsike. Nanga ufuluwo ndiuti? Tidapiritsa atsamunda koma lero tikuwalondolanso.


thats why all these Big people goes to RSA for medical assistance yet Malawi Government can not repair Toilets at QECH. Go and check today at Pedietric Word (SOBO, LUNZU, MANGOCHI, NDIRANDE ) all these words using one Toilets Both men and Women. what a shame.


I worked with Samute when he was PS local government. He was a man of his own. He gave credit to officers who performed extremely well. Today, Local government is in shumbles. Councils are almost non existent because of some selfish DCs who get favours from the ministry despite their dismal performance. The ministry is Failing to lift so many injunctions for a year now despite having leaders.


SO why is the government(s) doing nothing on health sector? Sitichita manyazi akamat akuluakulu a ndalama akumwalilira ku south africa? This shows to the world that health sector in malawi is zero. Always SA why? Lets do something.

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