Malawi beauty queen and cancer advocate Blandina Khondowe  laid to rest

President Lazarus Chakwera and vice-president Saulos Chilima on Monday morning joined hundreds of mourners when they paid tribute to the former Miss Malawi, Blandina Khondowe, who died Sunday afternoon in Lilongwe.

President Chakwera and veep Chilima at the deceased funeral house
Chakwera consoling the bereaved family
Tribute to Blandina Khondowe
Tribute to Blandina Khondowe
Grief stricken Chilima and his wife at the funeral 
The casket of Khondowe being lowered in the grave
Mourning Blandina Khondowe in ‘pink’ for the work of cancer advocacy she did
Mourning the beauty queen
Vice President Chilima doing the ‘adzukulu’ job at the grave of beauty queen and UTM member Blandina Khondowe
Vice President Chilima doing the ‘adzukulu’ job at the grave of beauty queen and UTM member Blandina Khondowe

Khondowe’s death moved Malawians in an unprecedented way. She was a people’s person.

Chakwera and Chilima went to the funeral home in Lilongwe of the former staunch advocate of the fight against breast cancer.

Khondowe, born on October 12, 1980, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which she later overcame after chemotherapy and other treatments, only to be diagnosed with it again in 2017. She succumbed to cancer  reoccurrence on Saturday.

Chakwera and Chilima condoled the bereaved family in the funeral home.

Khondowe,  who won the national beauty crown in 2002, was founder of Think Pink, an organization that encourages women to go for cancer screening. She was also a tourism officer in the ministry of tourism.

Chilima who took part in burial ceremony said he was devastated  at the loss of Khondowe who he  described as “a consummate patriot, a fearless and courageous fighter”.

Some of the notable faces at the funeral were Information and Tourism ministers, Gospel Kazako and Michael Usi, respectively.

Khondowe was also a staunch supporter of UTM, a political decision which nearly cost her job as a tourism officer during the reign of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

She has been working at Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and wildlife, since 2008.

The cancer activist was also the 2019 recipient of the Barbara Brenner Breast Cancer Activist Scholarship to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) in Texas.

She is survived by a husband and two children.

 

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Segwe
Segwe
8 months ago

Mumangopita ku maliro a anthu odziwika okha okha….ife osadxieika kwathu muzafika liti?Nthawi yadzitsankho ikazayandikira?

Mbuzi za ma Predident inu.

Zomera za ku Lizulu
Zomera za ku Lizulu
8 months ago
Reply to  Segwe

Inu anakuletsani ndani? Do you need funeral invitations in Malawi?

POLITICS IN MALAWI
POLITICS IN MALAWI
8 months ago
Reply to  Segwe

who ever you are. You are such and idiot. If you dont have anything to say, sometimes its good to keep quiet

Ntopwa 1
Ntopwa 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Segwe

Stop crying, work hard, get fame, die, and we will come to your funeral. Idiot!!

Segwe
Segwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Ntopwa 1

Anthu ogulitsa boma inu chifukwa cha fame.May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  Segwe

Pepani. Kudandaula kwanu kwamveka

PP litete
PP litete
8 months ago

May her soul rest in peace

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