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).