Professor Donton Samuel Mkandawire, the ruling DPP MP for Mzimba Central who died on Christmas eve at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre, was battling cancer according to family spokesperson, Dean Lungu.
Lungu said the legislature has been battling cancer.
High profile people and politicians attended the funeral ceremony at the deceased’s residence in Area 10. They included President Bingu wa Mutharika, leader of opposition in Parliament John Tembo, ex-vice president Justin Malewezi, Mama C. Tamanda Kadzamira, cabinet ministers and members of parliament who were led by speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda,
The body was laid to rest in Euthini, Mzimba his home district.
After the fall of dictator Kamuzu Banda, Mkandawire joined UDF and later was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe City Assembly.
He dumped UDF to join DPP and won the Mzimba central seat during 2009 elections.
Mkandawire once served as head of Malawi Examinations Board (Maneb) and Malawi Institute of Education.
Before politics, Mkandawire, who trained as an educationist, taught as the University of Namibia and back home in Malawi he was head of the Malawi National Examinations Board and Malawi Institute of Education at different times.