Hundreds of people from all walks of life paid their last respects to Elizabeth Malemia, aunt to Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and DPP Vice President for Southern Region, Kondwani Nankhumwa on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
DPP Members of Parliament (MPs), DPP national governing council (NGC) and other members, business executives, traditional chiefs and Christians of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), where the late Elizabeth Malemia congregated, joined Nankhumwa in escorting the deceased to her final resting place.
Speaking at the funeral service at their home, Group Headman Mwamadi Village in Chief Chikumbu’s area in Mulanje, Nankhumwa said they had lost the last pillar of strength for the family.
Nankhumwa, who could not contain his grief, said the family was shocked by the sudden death of Elizabeth Malemia who was popularly known as ‘Mayi Mkulu’ among her peers and family.
“She was a pillar for our family who held all of us together. She was our ever smiling aunt no matter how difficult the situation was. We used to seek her advice related to any matter and now that she is gone, where are we going to turn to?” he mourned.
Nankhumwa said he started politics right in Mayi Mkulu’s house and it was therefore painful that being a successful politician that he is today, he should bid farewell “to my mentor”.
Nankhumwa thanked DPP President Peter Mutharika, Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda (MCP), Leader of backbenchers and all DPP MPs, Ward Councillors, Members of DPP NGC, DPP Regional Governor for the South, Charles Mchacha and members of the regional committee, District and Constituency Governors from the South, Senior Chief Chikumbu and traditional leaders, UDF leadership in Mulanje and Pastor T. Y. Nyirenda of SDA and other clergymen for their moral and financial support during the funeral.
Other speakers at the funeral included DPP National Director of Women Cecelia Chazama, Mchacha, and Mulanje Bale MP Musowa (on behalf of MPs), among others.
They hailed Nankhumwa as a well-mannered politician hence many people joined him and his family to pay last respects to the departed aunt.
“You are a good leader; loving and passionate about your party, the DPP. We could not therefore sit back when we learnt about your loss. We decided to come and join you in celebrating the life of this incredible woman,” said Musowa.
Elizabeth Malemia was born on 7 April, 1967 hence died at the age of 53. She is survived by a son.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :