Drama at Samute funeral: Boos as Malawi ex-First Gentleman is ill-treated

There was drama at the burial ceremony of deputy chief secretary to the government Willie Samute at his home Songani in Zomba on Sunday when ruling DPP officials annoyed mourners on their conduct to ill-treating retired chief justice Richard Banda (former First Gentleman), snatching away the wreaths he had bought too lay.

Retired chuef justice Richard Banda was humiliated by DPP at Samute funeral

Retired chuef justice Richard Banda was humiliated by DPP at Samute funeral

The former first gentleman had bought three wreaths for himself, Member of Parliament for the area Akajuwe Roy Kachale Banda (People’s Party) and the PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola.

But government officials snatched the wreaths from the women who were keeping them.

Government directed that everyone else should lay their wreaths first with Banda, MP Akajuwe and the PP secretary general be the last.

When the Director of Ceremonies Wokomaatani Malunga called the three at the end of everything, the Mvano women who had the wreaths said that they had been snatched of the wreaths and given to some other people from ruling DPP. The DPP officials came without wreaths.

The former chief justice, the MP and Matola  had to stand on the tomb, pay respects and returned without laying wreaths.

This attracted boos from the mourners targeted at government.

The mourners and bereaved family said they were unhappy with government for politicising the funeral.

Banda was however commended for helping the bereaved family with food and resources to ease their pain during the time.

One of the mourners Mrs Nyambalo said : ” It is not fair because since Thursday, the former president Banda has been sending food, firewood, maize and even bought a cow for the people to use while waiting for the body to arrive from South Africa and all these things from the family of the former President were being delivered by the former First Gentleman who was spending a lot of time with us here in the village during this difficult time.”

PP secretary general Matola said former president Joyce Banda, who appointed Samute to the rank of Deputy Chief Secretary in 2012,  is “deeply shocked” with his death.

Matola said the event was not a political function but a funeral of one of Malawis finest civil servants and one that Banda elevated to the highest position of Deputy Chief Secretary because of his integrity and hard work.

Born on February 18 1958, Samute is survived by a wife and three children.

He joined the service on August 11 1981, serving in various capacities before rising to acting chief secretary to the government and then deputy chief secretary.

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DPP members will never learn a lesson and repent. Why is the party so bent on committing evil acts even when everyone does not expect them to do so? This was not a situation where one could bring in politics at all cost. But well, a hyena remains a hyena no matter where it resides. In fact, as a ruling party, dpp was supposed to be exemplary to other parties in opposition by portraying a spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and love for every Malawian in times of hardship and merrymaking. Look, here in the presence, was a Vice President Dr… Read more »
kunena mosapyatila

Iwe Clement ukuwopyeza ndani? Ngati ukukomenta mbwerela anthu asakucrashe? Ma temper akowo ife tilibe nawo ntchito!!! School has not pumped some sense in you. We don’t flare with tempers but contribute reasonable facts on this platform.



pankhuku pooneka mphepo ikati khwiiiii

Zonyasa. chosecho mzao anabweletsa chakudya.
komaso mnthawi ya ulamuliro wa Mai Banda ndani anganene kuti a Richard Banda akhala akuima kulankhula kuti mwina tingati adanyozako munthu?
He is just quiet and calm.
Kusapita ku xool eeeee ndimatendadi.

stephan kathumba

This is lamentable and shameful if it is really true. Please let us stop this madness. Politics is about difference in ideologies. It is not a war.

Alexious Josephy Mbalangwe
Alexious Josephy Mbalangwe

Very bad,only if this is true




We are here in Malawi and haven’t heard of such athing but only to read it on nyasa, where do you get these misleading stories from? comeback home and help to develop this country not zopusa mumapangazi ayi


Pa chichewa pali mwambi oti…………. wayenda ndi mulomwe wayenda yenkha……mulomwe ndi munthu oipa kwambiri,thats z why amadya a nunkha dala

bumbu nchuma

cash gate ndikumanda komwe koma nde eeetu, kungova kuti tili mumasiku osiliza nde mpakana kuba nkhata ku manda

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