Malawi VP Kachali pays tribute to late Mangwazu

Vice President Khumbo Kachali on Friday paid tribute to late Timon Sam Mangwazu of Kasungu describing him as a dedicated nationalist and well-known figure in Malawi’s history.

Kachali was speaking at Chipwaila Village, Traditional Authority Mwase in the district during burial of late Mangwazu, former diplomat and politician who died of diabetes on Wednesday, October 17 at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe at the age of 79.

In his short eulogy, the Vice President said the passing on of Mangwazu was a greater loss to government than it was to his family and the people of Kasungu.

“Through the death of Mangwazu, government has lost more than has done to his family because he was source of wisdom to us in government,” mourned Kachali.

Malawi's new Vice President Khumbo Kachali

Kachali: Pays tribute

He said President Joyce Banda, who was attending European Development days in Brussels, was equally saddened with the death of Mangwazu adding the president acknowledged the contribution the deceased made to the development of the country in his lifetime.

Kachali urged the bereaved family members particularly the surviving children to look up to God for sustenance especially considering that their mother is also deceased.

The Veep said he was impressed with the unity the bereaved and all mourners demonstrated including leaders of various political parties who attended the burial ceremony saying their presence was an a sign of political maturity.

Apparently, there were at the burial ceremony some members of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarians and members of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

“It is the wish of President Joyce Banda that we should unite in times like this one irrespective of our political differences,” added Kachali.

On his part the parliamentarian for the area Ken Kandodo who is also the country’s Defence Minister called on the family members to properly look after property left by the deceased.

He observed that the late Mangwazu had left behind enough wealth which if well managed was enough to sustain his surviving children for years to come.

Other notable faces at the burial ceremony included Minister of Youth and Sports Enock Chihana, former Government Hostess for the late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Mama Cecelia Tamanda Kadzamira, members of the ruling People’s Party (PP), chiefs and government officials, among others.

Born on February 5, 1933 late Mangwazu served as Malawi’s High Commissioner to many countries including West Germany, Britain, Belgium, South Africa and the United Nations.

Between 1978 and 1982 he was chairman for Press Holdings Limited.

He also served as cabinet minister in the United Democratic Front (UDF) regime of former President Bakili Muluzi and was eventually president of the Malawi National Democratic Party (MNDP).

He is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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