Chimulirenji to represent President at burial of ex-minister: Harry Thomson to get military honours

Former cabinet minister Harry Thomson remains arrives in the country from South Africa Saturday afternoon as President Peter Mutharika has directed that his funeral be accorded burial with military honours as a former Cabinet minister.

Thomson to be accorded burial with military honours as a former Cabinet minister.

Chief secretary to government Lloyd Muhara says in a statement that the body of the veteran politician arrives in the country at 4pm local time through Kamuzu International Airport as died at Milpark Hospital in South Africa where he had gone for a routine medical checkup following a year of ill health.

Thomson’s body will be taken to Sunnyside in Blantyre for vigil.

“Requiem mass and burial is expected to take place on Monday 10th June, 2019 at Limbe Catholic Cathedral in Blantyre,” says Muhara in a statement.

Muhara said President Mutharika will be represented at the funeral by State vice president Everton Chimulirenji.

Thomson served in several portfolios in the United Democratic Front (UDF) administration and as member of Parliament for Chikwawa North Constituency.

Former president Bakili Muluzi has since described his death as a loss to the nation.

Said Muluzi: “I am very saddened at the passing of Honourable Harry Thomson. We worked together throughout the transition and he served as Cabinet minister, secretary general of our party [UDF] and as an MP. The country will miss a great patriot and selfless leader.”

The veteran politician is survived by a wife, four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Surely this is an insult.

Ng'ona
Ng'ona
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

An insult of the highest order

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

This man was by far a man of the people in Chikwawa. He tried to create opportunities for deserving young people in Chikwawa including securing scholarships for further studies abroad. He is unlike Sidiq Mia the mafia who is too selfish because of lack of education. He believes in people licking his boots.

NGONNGONGOLIWA
1 year ago

IS PETER PRESIDENT ? FOR WHO ? BY WHO ?

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
1 year ago

Late Daniel Liwimbi who died last year was the only former minister who was not accorded military honours. Why?

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago
Reply to  Mmalawi

None of your business. Win elections, then you can decide on these matters.
Asa.

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