Thousands of Malawians Wednesday converged at Kameza cemetery in Blantyre to pay their last respect to the late Margret Katimba (nee Sauti), wife to gospel star singer Thoko Katimba, who died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after a long illness.
At exactly 3:09 pm the body of Margret, formerly of the Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) was lowered into her final resting place. Katimba wept uncontrollably.
A cross section of people that included musicians Mlaka Maliro, Anjiru Fumulani, Wycliffe Chimwendo and Dan Lufani attended an emotion-filled funeral.
In his eulogy, a representative from the Sauka family described Margret’s death as a backward step to the family because of the support she rendered to it.
“Margret was the first born in our family, she was also the first to complete her education and not only that, Margret was the first to start a job. Today it is sad that she is also the first to depart from the earth among us. She was our pillar and she has left a big gap in our family,” he lamented.
He also pointed out that Magret was behind Thoko’s success in his music career bemoaning that her absence will affect the gospel artist in many ways.
He saluted Thoko for taking good care of his wife when she was alive since there were no squabbles in their family.
Pastor Banda from Assemblies of God who preached at the funeral consoled the family by advising them to mourn their departed with hope saying it is only God who is capable of handling such a trying moment.
“Let us mourn with hope because this is not the end of Margret’s life. As believers we are sure to meet her one day in the glory of our father in heaven,” he consoled.
Some of the notable people, who graced the ceremony, were her former workmates from MBC.