One of the female cabinet ministers during President Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, Marjorie Ngaunje, has died.
She died Saturday morning at her Area 22 residence in Lilongwe, according to family sources.
Late Ngaunje, who served in Mutharika’s cabinet between 2005 and 2008, has reportedly been sick for some time after some of her body parts got paralyzed some months ago.
Family sources said they were still consulting on burial arrangements of the late, who was one of the most powerful female ministers during Mutharika’s administration.
Mutharika first appointed late Ngaunje in 2005 as deputy minister of home affairs and internal security before moving her to foreign affairs where she also served as a junior minister.
She was appointed full minister of health in 2006 until Mutharika terminated her services in his sixth cabinet reshuffle in February 2008.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that late Ngaunje has been severe struggling with life both economically and health wise since losing her Ntcheu Bwanje South Constituency seat as Member of Parliament.
The late was once forcefully evicted from a government house at Area 10 in Lilongwe after which she allegedly stuck to after her dismissal from cabinet.
The former minister won the seat in 2004 on an independent ticket but lost to then new-comer and current Minister of Education, Lucious Kanyumba, during the 2009 general elections.