VP Chilima salutes Malawi heroine Chibambo: Makes eulogy in fluent Tumbuka

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima was a centre of attraction on Saturday in Mzuzu when he spoke in fluent Tumbuka, a local dialect in most of the districts in the north, during the funeral service of political icon Rose Chibambo at Mzuzu heroes’ acre.

Rose Chibambo's grandchildren praying after laying wreaths during the burial of their grand mother-Pix By Joel Chirwa( Mana)

Rose Chibambo’s grandchildren praying after laying wreaths during the burial of their grand mother-Pix By Joel Chirwa( Mana)

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima paying his last respects to the late Rose Chibambo-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima paying his last respects to the late Rose Chibambo-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Vice President Dr Chilima addressing mourners during the funeral of late Rose Chibambo at St Andrews CCAP church in Mzuzu-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Vice President Dr Chilima addressing mourners during the funeral of late Rose Chibambo at St Andrews CCAP church in Mzuzu-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Vice President Dr Chilima and his spouse Mary laying wreaths on the grave of Rose Chibambo-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Vice President Dr Chilima and his spouse Mary laying wreaths on the grave of Rose Chibambo-Pix By Joel Chirwa (Mana)

Chilima, who was representing President Peter Mutharika, first spoke in English and later switched to Tumbuka to the amazement of many but for those who attended the burial of Bishop Zuza in 2015 this, was not a surprise for the VP also spoke in Tumbuka at that funeral.

The State Vice President described Chibambo as the very essence of compassion, of duty, of breaking political barriers and a symbol of selfless humanity by remaining true to her country despite the hardships she went through during the MCP rule.

“On behalf of the President, I pay tribute to her level headedness and strength that despite the most bizarre life imaginable while in prison she remained to herself and to her country,” said Chilima as people nodded in agreement.

Turning to family members who were visibly heartbroken, Chilima said this was the time to be strong and remain calm and never ask or doubt the power of God.

As a prayerful Vice President, Chilima told a story that when people question where God was when deaths occur, God’s answer is:

“I am at the same place I sat when John the Baptist my servant was beheaded. I am at the same where I sat when Stephen my servant was stoned to death. I am at the same place I sat when Paul my servant was murdered in Rome. I am at the same place I sat when my son Jesus Christ was humiliated, crucified and killed,” he said.

Chilima said this shows that God does not change and people need to accept that His ways are not our ways.

Speaking earlier, MCP President Lazarus Chakwera, who was invited to speak but was not on the programme, had nothing to say but apologise for the atrocities of MCP and forcing many into exile including the late Chibambo.

Uladi Mussa, who the synod recognised as PP President, said there was need to pass a law that would help to financially support those who politically served Malawi.

Secretary General of Livingstonia Synod Reverend Levy Nyondo thanked government for according due respects to Chibambo and told VP Chilima to convey a message of appreciation to President Mutharika.

“It is important to give credit where it is due. Please convey our appreciation to the President. You have done a lot and by delegating you here, the government has really dignified this funeral,” said Nyondo.

Conspicuously missing were cabinet ministers from the north apart from Goodall Gondwe.

Jappie Mhango, Minister of Information, chose to travel to nearby Nkhatabay to address a political rally.

Sports Minster Grace Chiumia was reportedly among the Mvano women at the funeral service.

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20 thoughts on “VP Chilima salutes Malawi heroine Chibambo: Makes eulogy in fluent Tumbuka”

  1. mache Joy says:

    @Zanga Phee: Mmafuna the whole president apite nao?? nde wats the meaning of delegating??? muzizinvesatu bwino

  2. Temaco says:

    So when Tumbukas speak Chichewa there is no news but when Chewas speak Tumbuka it becomes heatwave. I could have been amazed if he was speaking Swahili or Portuguese or any other language not spoken in Malawi.Addressing Malawians in North in their mother tongue shouldn’t be a debate but lets focus on the message delivered. Dziko laling’ono koma sankhu yolokoto!!!!!

  3. kk says:

    Chitumbukanso ndi chani kodi? Ife tisamwe madzi chifukwa VP analakhula chi mbwenu mbwenu.Shupit

  4. Unenesko says:

    Yes indeed, it is prime time news for the vice president to express his inner feelings in Tumbuka, a language DPP hates – as demonstrated especially by that spirit; whose bones rests unpeacefully in that white elephant erected through stollen money.

  5. thapatula says:

    MCP has a lot to apologize. Just jot down all the attrocities committed by MCP and ask Malawians for forgiveness. We dont want piecemeals in your appology. Do it once and for all.

  6. Nyembezi says:

    U think all ministers from the north shud have attended?

  7. Mwamba says:

    Iwe reporter, you think for someone to speak in Tumbuka is news. In many countries in Africa people speak more than one language. Here people are brainwashed. They want everyone to speak Cewa. Look @ our tv stations. Cewa is the only vernacular spoken. What about other Malawian languages!

  8. Tennyson Musisipala says:

    That is good gesture . If you are in Rome do as Romans.

  9. zanga pheee says:

    kuzikonda or chani a President anuwo?mwina tinene kuti samayendayenda or poti saziwa kuyankhula?pokumbukila chilembwe anakhalaso reroso mayaziso…….khalani nawo pansi aziyenda mu zochitika ngati izi pz……

  10. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    So speaking Tumbuka is something amazing. Really? OMG!

  11. max nsani says:

    of course the president shouldn’t go everywhere…but has anyone stopped to ask where the President is or what’s wrong with him? He missed his relation’s funeral in ntcheu but his wife and senior gvt and party officials we’re there, he wasn’t as chilembwe day commemorations and he was not at chiba mos funeral.. ziri bwino bwino koma?

  12. Zatha says:

    Tumbuka is a small language in Malawi. Speaking it or not speaking it should not be an issue.

  13. Angel of Doom says:

    How many of you guys that are amazed at Chilima speaking Tumbuka know that his wife is a Nyachibambo, from Ekwendeni?

  14. nvendor says:

    If it were LOMWE president would have been available.

  15. vendor says:

    Correct observation Grace was seated amongst umanyano women at the grave yard and it took us long time recognise her. So humble she was.

  16. salador saan says:

    poor malawi. speaking tumbuka is now something amazing. when i speak chichewa, nobody is ever amazed hehehe! ku tz ndi zembo ayamba kuphunzitsa chinese m’ma primary awo.

    by the way ochakwera, zoyankhula muzisiyila juliana, jessie kapena njovuyalema. a congress ambili zatinyansa zopepesa zanuzo.

  17. KARU UNITED says:

    I totally disagree with 1,we don’t need the president everywhere. For once let’s commend the government for honouring the deceased with military honours. Those that represented the government were senior enough.

  18. KARU UNITED says:

    No, i disagree with 1, we don’t need the president everywhere. After all the president doesn’t utter any word in tumbuka. For once, let’s commend government, those that represented it were senior enough.

  19. Ineyo says:

    Kungoyankhula Chitumbuka Basi Nkhani kkkkk

  20. Maliseni says:

    THE PRESIDENT COULD HAVE MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE.

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