Tributes continue to pour in on the death of Chief Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Health, Dr George Nga Mtafu, with former president Joyce Banda also expressing her shock at the demise of Mtafu who died Tuesday in Blantyre when his car was involved in an accident along the Chileka road and sustained serious injuries.
In a condolence message on Tuesday evening, Banda said she learnt about the death of a neurosurgeon and former politician with “great shock”.
“The late Dr. Mtafu was one of the most distinguished neurosurgeons on the African continent. His colleagues in SADC and Africa usually consulted him for expert advice on cases relevant to his field. Therefore, Dr. Mtafu had been instrumental in saving many lives through his expertise not only in Malawi but in other countries in Africa and beyond,” said Banda.
“Apart from being a neurosurgeon, I shall also remember the late Dr. Mtafu as a dedicated and patriotic politician who selflessly served his country for many years. He was detained during the one-party dictatorship. After his release from detention, Dr. Mtafu could have chosen to leave and work anywhere in the world. However, Dr. Mtafu stayed in Malawi and fought gallantly for democracy in the early 1990s and thereafter served in the first democratically elected government as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Likoma and cabinet minister,” Banda said in her tribute.
Mtafu was arrested and imprisoned without trial for making a statement disagreeing with President Hastings Banda’s pronouncements.
Upon his release in 1991, he became active in reform politics, later associating himself with the new United Democratic Front (UDF).
He served in various ministerial portfolios during the UDF regime under Bakili Muluzi presidency.
When Joyce Banda was in power in 2012, she invited Mtafu back into government where he served as an advisor in the Ministry of Health.
“ Throughout my interaction with Dr. Mtafu, he came across as a man who had deep passion for his profession and his country,” said Banda.
“I wish, therefore, to convey my deepest condolences to his dear wife, Elvy, children, relatives and the entire nation during this moment of sadness.I pray to God that He may allow Dr. Mtafu’s Soul to Rest in Everlasting Peace,” Banda said.
Mtafu was born at Likoma and trained at a medical school in Germany.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :