Ex CSTU President Thomas Banda dies at 63

Former  leader of Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) Thomas Banda, died Wednesday night at Chitawira Private Clinic in Blantyre after a suspected asthma attack.

His daughter Lilian has confirmed the death.

She said her father complained of body pains and feeling cold before being rushed to Chitawira Clinic where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The remains of Banda, who died at the age of 63, will be buried on Friday at Henry Henderson Institute Cemetery in Blantyre.

Thomas Banda: Dies
Thomas Banda: Dies

Banda, who was the President of CSTU from 2000 to 2007 hailed from Chilipa Village Traditional Authority Ntobwa in Mangochi and is survived by a wife, three children and three grandchildren.

Malawians will remember Banda for his role in the establishment and activities of the CSTU in the early 1990s.

According Lilian, her father served in the civil service at the Malawi College of Trade Union from November 4, 1985 as a Printer and rose to Assistant Press Superintendent in 1994 the held the position until his mandatory retirement after attaining the age of 60 in 2011.

Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in describing the late Banda as a person who “fought tirelessly” for his members.

Former General Secretary CSTU who took over from Banda, Elijah Kamphinda Banda said he had been a “passionate” campaigner.

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