‘Kamuzu’s son’ Jumani buried in Mzimba with ashes of his mum ex-Miss Malawi

Jumani Johansson, a man who claimed to be the son to Malawi’s founding President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, was on Saturday  laid to rest at Chawuluma village, T/A Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba.

Jumani remains interred in Mzimba

He died last Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre, leaving unanswered questions regarding his paternity.

Ashes of Jumani’s late mother Mirriam Kaunda – Miss Malawi 1976 – were also brought all the way from Sweden to Malawi to be buried together with Jumani side by side.

Hundreds of people gathered in their mourning mood paid their final respect to Jumani,  including his adopted father Mr Johanson, his sister Amanda, wife and relatives, politicians Edgar Tembo, Kamuzu Chibambo and legislator Olipa Myaba.

Delivering his eulogy,  Mr Johanson said he is sad to lose Jumani whom he took as his son.

“I am deeply sad to lose him,” he said.

“When I was marring my late wife Mirriam in 1978, he and his sister Amanda were so young and that time we were in Lilongwe before we left to Sweden in 1979 and I managed to send him to school and he did everything to complete his studies,” said Johanson.

Jumani made healines in 2010 when he claimed that he was Kamuzu’s son and filed for change of name from Jim Jumani Johansson to Jim Jumani Immanuel Masauko Kamuzu Banda. This put him at loggerheads with the Kamuzu family which has always maintained the founding father had no child.

His claim also sparked a frenzy in Malawi, with a number of people saying he could have been a legitimate son of the fallen president while others dismissed him as a gold-digger out to inherit Kamuzu’s wealth.

Among those who dismissed this claim was Jumani’s biological mother, Mirriam Kaunda-Johansson.

The mother claimed Jumani’s father was Muhammad Jogee, a Malawian of Indian descent and a chartered accountant who moved to England years ago.

Jumani’s uncle, James Kaunda said his sudden death leaves them with “a lot of questions than answers.”

He was born on 2 May, 1973 and is survived by three children, first born son Jumani junior who is 18 and his sister aged 14 from a Swedish mother and  wife, a mother of four-month-old Ceceliaa.

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Natie
2 years ago

Ndithudi kudikila kuti muthu afe ndi pamene adziti anali abambo! Ili ndi bodza la mkunkhuniza. Kamuzu anali mkulu wa mpingo wa Church of Scotland tu! A church of Scotland amachotsa mu mpingo ochita chigololo! Inu, Jumani sanali mwana wa Kamuzu, a mfumu a Kaomba akunena zoona kuti Jumani sanali mwana wa Kamuzu. Ana a Kamuzu alipo atatu amuna okhaokha ndipo awiri ndi nkhalamba. Akanakhala mwana wa Kamuzu, mwini wake Hastings akananena chifukwa akadali ndi moyo!!!!!!!!!

Chikhwalingwa
Chikhwalingwa
2 years ago

Son born in 1973, mother Miss Malawi 1976. Kodi kalero zinjatheka mothers contesting as miss Malawi?

Cash Gate
2 years ago

Pamenepa timve ziti coz Amayi Ake a juman akuti bambo a juman anali a chimwenye ndipo anasamukira ku UK, zowona kaya ndi ziti?

Chikadza Kuwani
Chikadza Kuwani
2 years ago

People they say there is no ufiti in Malawi now what is that, is this not ufiti from the family of late Dr. Kamuzu Banda. RIP Jumani Johnson

Luka
Luka
2 years ago

Jumani could not just claim that kamuzu was his father. He really must have been his son. No wonder dzanjalimodzi was so afraid cause he would have benefited from the estate. Dzanjalimodzi was only afraid that jumani would benefit from the wealth and she never cared whatever. WickedNess pa malawi.

Ntengo wa Kesia
Ntengo wa Kesia
2 years ago

I fee for Jumani (Banda), really I feel for him. And his wife and children. Let’s think ( and pray, for those us who do) for some of the characters in this saga. 1. Mr Johansson, the step father. We need to salute him, and look up to him for his love, character and unselfishness. To respect your adopted son who dropped your name is something out of the movies, as far Malawi culture is concerned, let’s face it. No doubt, Mr Johansson respected Jumani’s wish to seek out his biological father; and this was not disparaging nor demeaning for… Read more »

Mwananyanian
Mwananyanian
2 years ago

The late Jumani (Banda) did not deserve the treatment, and the cruel indictment meted out by late Kamuzu Banda’s extended family – the beneficiaries of the ill gotten wealth of that dictator. You are only inviting MINYAMA baasi. DNA tests need to be done to ascertain the hereditary truth in this case. The alleged word of mouth (by Jumani’s late mom) that Mr Jogee was his biological father is not even collaborated by any one else. And perhaps, the late mom knew deep down, that Mr Jogee was not the father, and that is why she never sued him for… Read more »

Timvê ziti
Timvê ziti
2 years ago

Yes. A lot against genetics in this case. Doesn’t make sense at all.

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Rest in Peace

Patrick Mbewe
Patrick Mbewe
2 years ago

Nanga mwana anabwreka ndi Mrs French Ku London uja ali kuti? Mr French anakumang’ala Ku court kuti Kamuzu waapondera tomato. Samani itamupeza Kamuzu, anathawira Ku Ghana. Mrs French anamusatira konko koma iye anawamyala chifukwa samafuna kuoneka kuti amayenda ndi mzungu pomwe Amati he is Panafricanist

Ntengo wa Kesia
Ntengo wa Kesia
2 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Mbewe

@ Patrick Mbewe
Zowona zokha zokha. Awuzeni anthu.

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