APM sends Msaka to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral: JB attends

President Peter Mutharika who left the country on Friday has delegated Minister of Education Science and Technology Bright Msaka to represent him at the funeral of  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a heroine of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures.

Msaka and Joyce Banda seen at the funeral of Winnie Mandela with former president Mbeki and Zuma

South African military personnel bring in the coffin at Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral ceremony of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

The President,  who was accompanied to by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano, opted for Msaka the one being  tipped to the presidential running mate in the upcoming 2019 tripartite elections replacing Saulos Chilima.

Msaka on Saturday represented the Malawi leader at a funeral ceremony in Soweto where South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, dignitaries from around the continent and many of South Africa’s most famous political and cultural figures joined rank and file members of the ruling African National Congress and well-wishers from around the the rainbows nation.

Former Malawi leader Joyce Banda was also seen at the funeral seating with former South Africa Thabo Mbeki And his wife behind Msaka who was seating close to immediate past president Jacob Zuma.

The President was in South Africa on Saturday encounter to London. He leaves Johannesburg Sunday evening for UK.

At the funeral, shouts of “Long live Comrade Winnie”, “the struggle continues” and “power to the people” rang out around the stadium on Saturday throughout a powerful and emotional service to the activist, politician and former wife of Nelson Mandela

Madikizela-Mandela’s casket, draped in the South African flag, was transported from her home to the stadium in the same hearse that had carried the remains of  icon Nelson Mandela, her former husband .

On behalf of the Malawi leader, Msaka signed a condolence book.

Nyasa Times impeccable source also revealed that Msaka was seen as the only influential figure who can run with Mutharika considering that ‘they suffered together when they were arrested during Joyce Banda reign for treason’.

Msaka served as Chief Secretary to the Government during the late Bingu Mutharika reign and was maintained on the same position during the early days of President Joyce Banda until his arrest.

He comes from Yao land, Liwonde in Machinga and is a Mang’anja by tribe.

Before joining politics, Msaka served in the diplomatic missions in Canada and United Kingdom during the Bakili Muluzi reign. He is a lawyer by training.

In the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Msaka is Vice-President for Eastern Region

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Che Duli

Achipeta ndi atumbuka agundika kuombera mmanja nyansi…..Callista Callista wachani. Simukumudziwa bwino eti? Bwana VP lamulirani dziko basi osamvera anthu oombera mmanja zopeperazi.


Those who are saying VP ndi President sangachoke nthawi imozi, whats so pressing that can prevent that other that this youth revolution??????? Yalakwa basi nkhalamba paulendo


If the president delegated Chilima to South Africa and left Msaka to run affairs of the state, munakayamba kubwebwetuka – he is sidelining Chilima and making Msaka VP. Avundula madzi simukugonatu.


Why not send minister dealing with culture. heir> read the signs. Msaka might be the appallent running mate. In fact since the president left in normal situation it was supposed to be Saulosi delagating and APM instructing Saulosi to delegate. This is the more reason we want these old people to go because they dont understand adminstration.

Pimbisa Ambwiye

JB akubwera pa Munorurama


VP akachoka dziko alamula ndani? ? ? Kuganiza kofoira.


Kodi ma opinion anubayamba kukhala news? Tatopa ndi zimeneItu ife..vp is now in command and so someone else should have gone the .FM is with He.cant u see..JB nzosadabwiysa nanga Ali ndi chochita..yake yoyendayenda ija…lemnani nkhani not opinions iyaaA

Silica gell

Zinazi mwangozungulira Nazi mitu, You wanted both APM and SKY to be out of the country . Or you expected APM to delicate somebody else to take charge of the affairs of the state and deligate SKC to a funeral in South Africa? Ndichikwachake enables amakunenani kuti ‘Zachamba’ kapenakuti ‘Makanda’-babies kkkkk


Don’t fuel issues here it goes without saying it could have been very unimaginable for both the president and his second in command to leave out of the country,you mean can you just think palibe nkhani apa.


Totally agree! We can’t have both presidential and vice president outside the country. Mwasuta chamba eti?

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