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 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :