Chakwera blocked from giving eulogies at Mpasu’s funeral

The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has accused government of  blocking  the party president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera from giving his eulogies at the funeral of  veteran politician Sam Mpasu, who was president of New Labour Party.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera pay his last respect.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda, Mana

Mpasu,  who served Speaker of Parliament between 1999 and 2003, was found dead yesterday in his house in Mudi, Blantyre, after succumbing to hypertension complications.

He was laid to rest on Saturday in Ntcheu.

The initial program that was circulated at the funeral ceremony indicated that the leader of opposition would be among speakers to give their eulogies.

But Office of President and Cabinet circulated another programme which omitted Chakwera  from the list of people to give eulogies.

“Government deliberated sidelined Chakwera but he should have been given a chance  to pay tribute on behalf of all opposition parties,”  party’s deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said.

“The late Mpasu was working with fellow  opposition leaders as president of New Labour Party,” Mkaka said.

According to political analysts, Mpasu will be remembered as a politician who remained steadfast on a slippery political ground where his contemporaries slip more often than not.

Born in 1945, Mpasu was detained at Mikuyu Prison without trial from January 22 1975 to January 10 1977. In 1991 he joined UDF which at the time was an underground organisation, and fought Banda’s dictatorship. He was appointed to the National Referendum Committee.

In 1994, when United Democratic Front (UDF) became the first democratically elected government in the country, Mpasu was elected member of Parliament for Ntcheu Central.

He has served as minister of Education, Science and Technology (1994-95), minister of Health and Population (1995-1996), minister of Information (1997-1999) and minister of Commerce and Industry (2003-2004).

In 2008, he was convicted of corruption over Fieldyork International text book scam of 1994 and sentenced to six years imprisonment. He was released in August 2010 for good conduct.

He joined the New Labour Party in 2012 and became president of the party after Friday Jumbe resigned.

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hatton
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hatton

Abale a kongilesi kukonda kusokoneza maliro a eni ake. Zomwe amafuna kuchita a Chakwera zandikumbutsa zomwe anachita a Tembo and anzao kumaliro a amfumu ena ku Lilongwe zaka za mbuyomu.
Nthawi yomwe malemu Mpasu anali MP komanso Speaker nkuti a Chakwera akugwetsa mpingo wa Assemblies of God ndi ulamuliro wao woipa zedi.
mkuluyu popeza ndiwolimbira kulankhula m’maliro tingomulola azilankhula m’maliro a azibusa. Komanso tikudabwa chifukwa chomwe mkuluyu sanapemphe kuti alankhule pa mwamboo wa maliro a Bishop Kanyama (mzimu wao uwutse ndi mtendere)?
Kodi Mkakayu akulankhula ngati ndani? is that not contempt of court that reinstated all the previous NEC members?

santana
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santana

Kodi eni mbumba ndiwomwe analamula kuti maliro ayikidwe ndi asilikari? Eni mbumbawo anali wokondwa kuti m’bale wawo waikidwa ndimwambo wa boma. The VP was enough to speak on behalf of Malawians. Chilima was not speaking as a DPP member but on behalf of the First Man on the land of Malawi. Chakwera would have spoken on behalf of Mpasu if he died as an MP. But still it was the Speaker to speak on such a funeral not Chakwera. Let him stick himself to party issues. He is not GOVT but this funeral was in the hands of govt. He… Read more »

Nyasi mmawso
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Nyasi mmawso

Mudziwe kuti pa Maliro mphavu zimakhala ndi eni mhumba kapena mtundu kupanga madongosolo. Koma poti dzikoli tinapeleka kwa athakati oti chilichonse amayikapo ndale thats why zimakhala choncho. Dziko likufunika anthu odziwa miyambo ya makolo. Pano aliyense otukwana ndi kunyoza aMalawi akupatsidwa mpando kuphatikizapo mafumu. Koma zachisoni dzanja lalemba. Ngati munthuyu Mulungu akumusunga ndi moyo akufuna azaone kugwa kwake, koma akanakhala kuti anakawina ihhgg atamwalira kale. Bingu passed own coz kunakabwera zisankho akanawinanso.

Malemba Folo
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Malemba Folo

Likhora you really have an ugly heart and you sound savagery. Mpasu was a president of his own party and belonged to opposition because that’s what he chose. Chakwera represents opposition in and outside parliament and therefore fit to speak on this particular function. What was government doing at the funeral of an opposition figure. Stupid minds and myopic people like you should use brains to think not your sick urine cool

Mtumbukash
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Kikikiki chakwera wagwa nayo! Utuwa uwona sunati mfana. Maso khethekhethe ndiye umati ulankhule zako zamkutu zija? Hahaha dzipatse ulemu nyau iwe!

Zobanduka
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Wanyauyo anakubandulani 6-0 bwanji inu a DPP after wasting Govt resources kuti mwina kapena nkupezako olo mpando umodzi? Watch your mouth guys and tikumana mu 2019 momwemu umu pa ground lomwe mwagwa nalo lija mukhaula…… Kkkkkkk

Che Duli
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Che Duli

Cha Chakwera ndi achipeta anzawo anyao kulilila kuti alalate pa maliro a eni ake….kkkkkkk

Zwellithin Sibanda
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Zwellithin Sibanda

Speaker of national assembly was enough because the funeral was under government and precisely for Parliament.

Likhora
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Likhora

This is the reason why mcp will never rule malawi again ,always crying for sympathy vote ,mumafuna kuti muyankhule ngati Mpaso anali wa Mcp? kapena mukufuna mavoti a ku Ntheu ,if that is the case go and hold a rally mukawawuze anthu nkhawa zanu ,ngati akakumvereni .

mlomwe was Ku MJ
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Sizikugwirizana . Kungoti DPP is a primitive. This can only be done by poor country like Malawi. This was not a political party function. Umbuli ndiye umenewu.

Fortunately, u are giving Chakwera popularity.

An Eagle does not fight an ordinary bird….Chakwera is like an eagle.

Zobanduka
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6-0 ija siinakukwanireni a DPP????? Watch your mouth you DPP idiots who always thinks backwards…..

Bandulo
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That was great. Remember it’s Mcp that put him in jail without trial. He suffered in Jail .His death was contributed by the crocodile party. Who is Chakwera after all. Suti yogula pakaunjika
To hello Chakwera

Joji Wina
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Joji Wina

useless article. Why always kupopa finye?.Chakwera ndiye ndani? Seeking sympathy basi kkkkk

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