Former president Bakili Muluzi led thousands of people to mourn former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor Victor Mbewe who died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital on Wednesday night after battling with cancer for a long time.
He was laid to rest on Sunday at Catholic Institute Cemetery.
Until his death, Mbewe was also the United Democratic Front (UDF) director of economic affairs.
Also in attendance during the funeral ceremony were Minister of Lands and Housing Atupele Muluzi, who is also president of UDF.
Mourners included politicians Uladi Mussa, Mark Katsonga Phiri, former chief justice Lovemore Munlo, retired UDF politician and former minister Patrick Mbewe, Inkosi Gomani 5 and other business gurus.
After people paid their last respect at his Sunny Side resident, there was also a funeral mass at CI parish.
Born on July 4, 1952, Mbewe is survived by a wife Dorothy Mbewe and four daughters namely Roselynn, Yamikani, Chitsanzo, Yasmin and a son Eldridge.
He once served as as Managing Director of Commercial Bank of Malawi (Standard Bank) Chief Executive Officer from the late 1990s up to 2005 when he was appointed RBM governor.
Mbewe has also served in the board of National Insurance Company (Nico) and chairman of the board of directors for the then state-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB). He served in the position until 2009 before he ventured into private business which saw him opening the Dorvic Hotel in Blantyre.
In his eulogy, Thom Lupiya, a member of the family described the death of Victor as a big blow to the family stating he was a pillar of strength to the family.
Lupiya said Victor was uniting factor to the family and a source of wisdom.
UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga described the death as pivotal in the operations of the party.
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