Malawi mourns Dr. Malewezi as president Chakwera describes him as a great hero

“Malewezi never kept grudges with anyone.”

Malawi President Dr Lazarus Chakwera Saturday gave a touching and heart-and-soul-warmong eulogy at Likuni Boys Secondary School grounds when he led Malawians to a solemn sendoff ceremony Malawi’s first-ever vice President, Dr. Justin Malewezi.

The Remains of Late Former Vice President Justin Malewezi arrives at Likuni Boys Secondary School ground -pic by Lisa Kadango

In his hearty eulogy Chakwera described the death of Dr Malewezi as a great loss to the nation.

Malewezi died on 17 April, 2021 at Kamuzu International Airport when he was being airlifted to South Africa to access medical services.

President Lazarus Chakwera arrives at the State Funeral for the Late Vice President Justin Malewezi-pic by Lisa kadango

“Malawi has lost an administrator, a great hero and a statesman. I knew Malewezi very well; he taught me a number of lessons in my life.”

The President described Malewezi as a library of knowledge and wisdom, saying it is sad losing such monumental citizens.

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera greets Former President Bakili Muluzi and Dr Joyce Banda-pic by Lisa kadango

“Malewezi never kept grudges with anyone. Keeping grudges is like keeping poison and this is what Malewezi used to teach us,” said the Malawi leader who continued that Malewezi believed in peace and was a strong advocate of culture.

“He was someone who used to love everyone regardless of their political interests,” President Chakwera said.

The incumbent vice president, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima along side former Presidents Dr. Joyce Banda and Dr. Bakili Muluzi, who the late Malewezi served as his vice president for 10 years attended the ceremony.

However, conspicuously missing at the funeral was Malawi’s immediate past president, Professor Peter Mutharika who lost elections to Dr Chakwera in the 2020 Presidential race.

Dr Justin Chimera Malewezi was a seasoned politician who was born on 23 December, 1943 and was once a member of Parliament for Ntchisi North. He was Vice-President of Malawi from 1994 to 2004.

Also in attendance among the mourners was King of Chewa people in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, His Majesty Kalonga Gawa Undi.

The late Malewezi served as republican for president Muluzi twice as vice president Bakili Muluzi as well as the Secretary to the President and cabinet during the late Kamuzu Banda’s era.

Soon after the news of the late Malewezi’s death, Malawi’s sitting vice president, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, said:

“We have lost a humble and gentle giant and an encyclopedia of wisdom. He was a symbol of statesmanship and humility. Dr. Malewezi an exceptional human being and a diligent gentleman.”

Former president Muluzi who has described Malewezi’s death as untimely, said:

“Dr. Malewezi was a distinct civil servant and a distinguished politician who served this country with dedication and utter commitment.”

Leader of opposition, Kondwani Nakhumwa described the late Malewezi as “a great man with unmatched humility and gentlemanship.”

The late Malewezi is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren.

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Lonjezo buleki
Lonjezo buleki
13 days ago

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

Mngoni
Mngoni
15 days ago

Go thee well Dr Justin Chimera Malewezi.

Kamchiputu
15 days ago

I liked this man and may his soul Rest in Peace. Can the media though explain how the late became a doctor for the sake of history because I know he died a bachelor’s degree holder? Is it an honourary doctorate?

Justice for all
Justice for all
15 days ago

Too praise but the truth remain malewezi he was humble human being may his sole rest in peace

Hastings Mwenitete
Hastings Mwenitete
15 days ago

You ran a very good race Vice President. May your soul rest in peace🙏

Che Jika
Che Jika
16 days ago

Hamba Kahle-Dr Malewezi

Babulo
Babulo
16 days ago

This is how a president should speak at funerals not what he spoke in Tanzania. In Tanzania he clearly went off track when he started blaming World Bank and imf

Swaz
Swaz
16 days ago

Nakhumwa was there representing APM

Rhodrick
Rhodrick
16 days ago

May his soul rest in peace. You were indeed a statesman of all times

Nyazige
Nyazige
16 days ago

May he rest well

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