Malawi loses a fine scientist in Ethiopia: Simutowe dies of cardiac arrest

A well known Malawian scientist Franklin Peter Simtowe has passed away  in Ethiopia, it has been learnt.

Dr. Franklin Peter Simtowe

Born in Chitipa District in 1971, Simtowe held a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn and Hohenheim in Germany.

His professional career spans over 25 years of socio-economics research in many international research institutes and organizations including most recently as Africa Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sasakawa Global 2000 based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;.

He also had a stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) based in Cotonou, Benin.

Narrating Simtowe’s death, Malawi’s Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Sagawa said that Simtowe collapsed in his office at Sasakawa Global 2000 in the afternoon of Friday, 9th October 2020 and is believed to have died on the spot.

He was rushed to Yared hospital in Addis Ababa where they pronounced him dead on arrival of cardiac arrest.

In order to seek second opinion they took him to St Paul hospital where the same pronouncement was made. While taking him to St Paul hospital they informed the police who came and took over the case.

Commenting on Simtowe’s death, his long time coach and mentor Professor Richard Mkandawire, who chairs the National Planning Commission (NPC) said that he was in complete shock at losing one of the finest young scientists in Malawi and in Africa.

 

“I have been mentoring Dr. Simtowe and a few other upcoming scientists for many years so that we may sustain the gains of our agricultural policy research work done over the last 30 years, as he was an emerging and passionate leader in the field”, lamented Professor Mkandawire.

“We have lost a true friend of African small scale farmers, a well published author and leader in agricultural policy research in Africa as Dr. Simtowe boasts over twenty peer-reviewed research publications in his career”, said Dr. Peter Setimela, a Senior Scientist at CIMMYT in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo expresses shock at the loss of Simtowe and said, “As a Tonse Alliance government in Malawi, we rely on experts to develop evidence based policies in all spheres of life. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s administration has many plans to harness the talents and expertise of our sons and daughters based in Malawi and abroad. As such, it is very painful for death to be robbing us of such talent. We commiserate with the family at this difficult time”.

The remains Simtowe  was scheduled to arrive  in Malawi on Tuesday 13th October and  a vigil and mass, by the Roman Catholic Church, will be held  at his house in Area 43 Lilongwe and then proceed to his home village in Kameme, Chitipa where his remains will be finally led to rest on Thursday, 15th October 2020.

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ZDB
ZDB
8 months ago

RIP. Gone too soon

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Gone too soon. RIP.

Hastings Mwenitete
Hastings Mwenitete
8 months ago

Too bad.
May his soul rest in peace

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
8 months ago

Kodi an Economist is a top scientist? I’m learning. May his soul rest in peace

ZDB
ZDB
8 months ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

Me too…social scientist maybe

Ida
Ida
8 months ago

So sad. Rest in Peace my brother

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago

Such is a person whom we could expert and not these other, like this one whom is touted as expert (Titus Divala). It will indeed help if more information was churned as what he did to Malawi before he went to Addis Ababa

ZDB
ZDB
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

20 articles you have never read…

Kennedy Muso
Kennedy Muso
8 months ago

what a great loss

National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago

May we be furnished with his contribution to the Malawi nation please.

mwinifilimu
mwinifilimu
8 months ago
Reply to  National CEO

This is a very stupid comment honestly, this guy worked for ICRISAT, BUNDA before landing International jobs, if u want google him

Phudzi
Phudzi
8 months ago
Reply to  mwinifilimu

You are saying so because you knew him, for us who are hearing his name for the first time we need to know more hence such a comment.

National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago
Reply to  mwinifilimu

Thanks for your information, to us it was the first time to hear about him. But I was not commenting, I was asking. Next time learn to differentiate between a comment and a question.

Last edited 8 months ago by National CEO
Atate
Atate
8 months ago
Reply to  mwinifilimu

The word “fine scientist” shows that he was not ordinarly. This is why people want to know what he did.

Ida
Ida
8 months ago
Reply to  National CEO

What have you yourself contributed to this nation?

Lendi
Lendi
8 months ago
Reply to  Ida

Good question. What has himself asking the question contributed to Malawi? Besides, maliro message is no news to him until he associates the person with his contribution to Malawi? Shame on you guys

Last edited 8 months ago by Lendi
Pewani
Pewani
8 months ago
Reply to  Lendi

Just inform him what this scientist has done so that people must know. Is it a crime to ask for achievements? Some people are not like dogs, who raises their legs when urinating so that people should see how big their scrotum is.Shame on you Lendi and Ida.

National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago
Reply to  Ida

Ida, I was asking for information about this scientist, Mwinifilimu has given some clue, although he was rude, I have found one work by him, which is a journal about the Fertiliser policy in Malawi which he wrote in 2015. So Ida, If you have some work please furnish, some of us wants information so much.

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
8 months ago
Reply to  Ida

Just give him the answer, he just want to know. Should people fear to ask?

MALAWIAN
MALAWIAN
8 months ago

Condolences to his family.

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