Ex-Minister Rachael Kachaje laid to rest,  accorded military honours

The body of former Minister of Persons with Disabilities in the Joyce Banda Administration, late Rachel Kamchacha Kachaje was laid to rest on Saturday at Linga in Traditional Authority Mwase in Kasungu.

Former president Joyce Banda speaking at the funeral
Belekanyama laying a wreath
Former president Joyce Banda and husband Richard Banda laying a wreath

The burial ceremony was accorded military honours as per State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s directive to honour the former cabinet minister.

Speaking on behalf of President Chakwera, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Lingson Belekanyama, described the late Kachaje as humble and woman of integrity.

“The Office of the President and Cabinet and the whole country has lost a hardworking woman.

“The Late Kachaje demonstrated that she was a woman of integrity and she was very humble,” Belekanyama said.

The late Kachaje served as Minister of Persons with Disabilities in 2013 during the Joyce Banda regime when she also got international recognition by various international organisations.

She also chaired various organisations at international level.

Former President Joyce Banda, who was also present during the funeral, said the late Kachaje played a vital role in fighting for human rights, especially for persons with disabilities.

“Both at local and international level, the late Kachaje stood firm in advocating for the rights of persons with various disabilities.

“She deserves to be honoured as a champion of the transformation of public perception towards people with disabilities,” Banda said.

Member of Parliament for Kasungu West Constituency, Jailos Bonongwe said the loss of late Kachaje is so great.

“We have lost a very proactive member of the community who was exemplary to people with disabilities,” said Bonongwe.

In 2001, Southern African Federation of the Disabled recognised her and was elected its chairperson between 2002 and 2007. She was the first woman to chair the federation.

In 2002 together with her friends, she established Disability Women in Africa, an organisation that championed for the rights of disabled women in Africa.

In 2007, she was elected deputy chairperson for Disabled People International responsible for development and was in 2011 re-elected on the same position.

Despite not being a politician, in October 2013, she was appointed Minister of Disability and Elderly Affairs.

Kachaje passed away on Thursday, September 3, after a short illness. She died at the age of 62 and is survived with a husband.

She hailed from Linga Village, Traditional Authority Mwase in Kasungu District.

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phade
phade
19 days ago

when someone dies we all praise him or her. we lie that the person was so good and humble. why cant we skip the praises and probably just say what his or her contribution has been in life. no need for praise singing and lying. the dead do not hear that. u end up spoilin their journeys

Zio ine
Zio ine
19 days ago

Roca Mauwa passed on yet she was neither recognised nor afforded military honours. I now believe those people who say the spirit of the Lord departed from Chakwera and he is of this world. Imagine he went to inspect the interchange road at area 18 , both him and his alien minister did not acknowledge the efforts of the DPP in initiating this project.

Sydney
19 days ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Government projects are not political projects. Politicians come and go but the government moves on. No need to mention DPP, unless you prove to us that the money for initiating the project was from their pockets.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
19 days ago
Reply to  Sydney

Sydney, don’t worry about what Zio ine is crying about. Chodziwika ndichakuti achira ndithu koma mochedwa. U Cadet ndiwo wavuta.

Wawo
Wawo
19 days ago
Reply to  Sydney

Word, people should separate party from government.

Silica gell
19 days ago
Reply to  Sydney

We know who to respect for the project whether mentioned or not.

M.O.K Otanjere
M.O.K Otanjere
19 days ago
Reply to  Sydney

You are very right. Nanga za Roca Mauwa simunazigundekotu

Kambewa Ngozo
19 days ago
Reply to  Sydney

Very right the money didn’t come from DPP or Peter Muthalika.
So go about tukumu Tukumu

Hypocrite Z
19 days ago
Reply to  Zio ine

I am waiting to hear how much arthur peter mutharika stole on this interchange project! And how much he gave to norman chisale.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
19 days ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Point of correction: the roads have not been built by DPP but the Malawi Government; on the contrary, DPP was there only to steal from government coffers.

Kambewa Ngozo
19 days ago

Yeeee
We could have developed more if we had good governance af funds in the past government

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