Hundreds mourn Chitsulo: ‘Malawi journalist par excellence’
Hundreds of people converged at College of Medicine mortuary to pay their last respects to Malawi veteran journalist and trainer Edward Chitsulo who died on Sunday morning at Adventist Hospital after a short illness.
The late Chitsulo was until his death Managing Editor for the Nation Publications Limited (NPL).
According to the family, Chitsulo, who authored one of Malawi’s best columns, ‘Raw Stuff’ in the Weekend Nation, died of anemia.
At exactly 10:00, the remains of the late Chitsulo left College of Medicine mortuary for his home in Nyambadwe, where various people made speeches and viewed his remains.
After speeches, the body of the late Chitsulo was taken to St Columbus CCAP in Church where prayers were conducted.
In his speech, Nation Newspaper deputy chief executive officer, Alfred Mtonga described the late Chitsulo as not only a journalist but a mentor and a trainer, who trained a lot of journalists and editors at the Polytechnic.
Mtonga also saluted Chitsulo for taking a leading role in the establishment of Malawi Institute of Journalism and Media Council of Malawi.
“In Chitsulo’s death, we have lost a pillar, an icon of media freedom. He was also like a father to our newsroom at Nation because he was always resolving conflicts whenever people have differed,” said Mtonga.
The remains of Chitsulo, will be buried on Tuesday at Ntepele Village, T/A Likoswe in Chiradzulu.
Born on April 19, 1958, the late Chitsulo is survived with four children and one grandchild. Before joining NPL, Chitsulo worked at Blantyre Newspapers Limited, Polytechnic and lecturer in the Department of Language and Communication, Malawi Institute of Journalism and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).
Am so sad with his death I used to buy news because of the Raw Stuff collumn his writings will be rememberd. R I P
It is worth mentioning that he once taught or was a teacher. Why not mentioning it?
So sad, one day only God will wipe our tears life on earth full of tears and sorrow.
Indeed RIP father
Comment Rest in peace bwana Chitsulo .
Go well dear former colleague, Edward. I thank God for the privilege of having rubbed shoulders with you as Lecturers at The Malawi Polytechnic. I still vividly remember your wisdom and such your being very humble. It was always joyous to be in your company together with Mr. Mang’anda in the Polytechnic Staff Room. You were always busy educating most of us on the then politics of the “dawning of second Malawi Republic” during the process of ousting President Kamuzu Banda. May your Soul reign forever with the Lord God, Edward. R.I.P. Former colleague in the diaspora.
MANA has not done enough research in the life of Chitsulo. Before joined journalism, he worked as teacher of English at the then Livingstonia Secondary in Rumphi after his graduation at Chancellor College. This point is worth mentioning for the public to know.
Strange! Is it worth mentioning because he once was a teacher or because he once taught at Livingstonia?
May his soul rest in peace