Malawians mourn Nyondo: Laid to rest in Lilongwe amidst drama

Fallen politician James Nyondo has been laid to rest at Area 18 cemetery in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe, mourned by several thousand people including leaders of political parties.

Nyondo's children (From left to right) Munthusi,Muliska, and Pamela

Nyondo’s children (From left to right) Munthusi,Muliska, and Pamela

Chakwera paying his last respect to Nyondo

Chakwera paying his last respect to Nyondo

Nankhumwa laying his wreath

Nankhumwa laying his wreath

Nyondo's casket being lowered

Nyondo’s casket being lowered

Nyondo died on July 17 at Steve Biko Clinic, Johannesburg in South Africa.

He was until his death President of the National Salvation Front (NASAF) which he founded and participated in two Presidential elections.

Leader of opposition, who is also president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera, Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa, former Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali, PETRA president Kamuzu Chibambo and Mark Katsonga Phiri of PPM were some of the political leaders who attended burial ceremony of  Nyondo who died aged 47

In his eulogy, Chakwera said “Malawi had lost a rare political gem who could have contributed a lot to the country’s political landscape.”

Chakwera said the demise of Nyondo was very saddening.

“He was healthier than most of us,” said Chakwera. “We did not expect he could die this soon.”

Katsonga said the U.S trained lawyer and development worker “was a national asset” who will “never be replaced.”

Nasaf, through Secretary General Lester Chikoya said “the party had lost a leader with original ideas.”

The party handed over the Nasaf flag to Nyondo’s widow Lucani as one way of honoring her for taking care of the leader of their party.

It was, however, late Nyondo’s family that stole the limelight, as they bitterly complained why he was not buried in home village Chitipa. There were conflicting statements as why Nyondo was laid to rest in Lilongwe.

The body of Nyondo arrived in Malawi on Thursday where it was taken to his uncle’s residence in Area 47,  where friends and relatives, including  well- wishers held funeral vigil since Saturday, last week.

He is survived by wife and three children.

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Wisdom Limbe

Regionalism is what James hated most. It is sad that 51 years after independence we do not know that Malawi comes first.

May the Good Lord receive your soul, my dear James. I love you more in death and will cherish and live the values we naturally shared. RIP.

george nambazo

Rest in peace Nyondo

nkasimunguya chinankasanganye
nkasimunguya chinankasanganye

Mwamaliza kunyozana pamaliro anzathu?. Sibwino choncho. Inunso azibusa chonde tamayesetsani kugawa mau a Yehova pamairo osat andale.

bright dangaya

I was there at James Nyondo’z burrial ,but the preachers were preaching about politics of Malawi not the message of God which culd change hrts of pipo,,andale atukwanika eeee i hav never heard,,Pamela only God knws your future ,just keep on praying to him as u hav said tht u dada used to tell u

Wakodza Pogona

Atumbuka kuzikonda. Nthawi imene James Nyondo amafuna mavoti simunamupatse. Munankana kwantu wagalu. Pano, muli yaviyavi mwati maliro ake anakabwera ku Chitipa, zoona zimenezo? Mukumufuna chifukwa wafa pamene munankana ali ndi moyo? Atumbuka mudzatheka liti?

Gresham paul

RIP, Nyondo

Llmbani Thakolanjuchi

Why the hell was he burried in Lilongwe? Don’t you have graveyards in Chitipa? You people from the north disgust me, Fuck!

Bennet Nyirenda

You Can be burried any where but my advice to others who are very popular Is to always remember your home and visit your people, build a house for yourself or senior relation to free your spirit in times like thèse. Rip.


Vutola odziwa Zonse ndilimenelo.Ena asadandaule koma zikhale ZANU. Uchitsiru basi.


being one of the most valued national assets signifies how appropriate it was to burry nyondo in capital city of malawi, jst to sustain his history. Parties hav witnessed his intelligence by looking @ his well arranged manefestals during last two general elections. May his soul rest in peace.

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