Hundreds of people including cabinet minister Sidick Mia gathered at Misesa cemetary in Chigumula Blantyre to pay their last respects to one of the country’s well known television personalities Rehana Surtee Nyamilandu Manda who passed away on 29 December.
People from all works of life braved the heavy rains in the commercial city to attend the last sermon in honour of Rehana at Baptist church and her Chigumula home describing her as a woman who had a great personality,a hard working, loving and caring person.
Politicians Mia, Charles Mchacha,Mosses Dossi, broadcasters, comedians, business captains, football players and adminstrators and religious leaders all joined FAM president Walter Nyamilandu Manda in mourning his ex-wife who succumbed to pneumonia at Malamulo private hospital.
At exactly 13:52,the body of Rehana was lowered down to her last home with people failing to come to terms with her death.
In their eulogies, family members, workmates and friends described Rehana’s death as a great loss not only to the family but to the country.
“We are still failing to believe it that she is gone forever, we will miss her personality and strong character. She was caring and loving,” a member of the bereaved family told the gathering.
“I worked with Rehana since I joined MBC-TV and she was an inspiration to us young presenters,she was a goal getter and will greatly be missed by many,” said Chisomo Mwamadi of MBCTV.
Rehana joined MBC as a presnter and rose through the ranks and became a news reader, producer and later Public Relations Officer.
Following the merger between the MBC radio and TV, she was moved to MBC Radio One as producer and later fired for abscondment.
She will be remembered for her many presentations but Smart Talk will still stand out.
She was born on 7 February 1974.