Malawi’s longest serving Speaker gets military honours during burial

A funeral service for of the country’s longest serving Speaker of Parliament Nelson Khonje took place Wednesday at Chikolosa Village Traditional Authority Kanduku in Mwanza district.

Military honours for Khonje, who served as Speaker of the National Assembly from 1975 to 1987 during the one-party era
Khonje died on Sunday at his home in Mwanza.

Government ordered full military honours for the burial of the body of the 96-year-old former Speaker who died on November 24.

He served as Speaker of Parliament for 12 years during the one party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) led government from 1975 to 1987.

He was born on December 6 and died just 12 days before his 96th birthday.

Khonje  also served as member of parliament for Mwanza central for 21 years.

Born on December 6 1923, Khonje, a secondary school teacher by profession, joined politics in 1971 to become member of Parliament (MP) for Mwanza, then the only constituency in the district.

In 1993, at the dawn of multiparty democracy, he quit MCP and joined United Democratic Front (UDF) before retaining his seat as MP for Mwanza Central Constituency in 1994 first post-independence multiparty general elections.

Khonje went to Matandani and Malamulo Seventh Day Adventist schools before qualifying for Cambridge O-Level through correspondence. In 1962, alongside politician the late Aaron Gadama, he attended Moray House College of Education in Scotland.

He returned to Malawi in 1964 and taught  at Masongola, Ntcheu and Ntchisi Secondary Schools up to 1971.

As speaker of parliament he preceded Alec Mjuma Nyasulu who served from 1971 to 1975 and was succeeded by Malani Lungu who served from 1987 to 1992.

Mwanza Central MP Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Homeland Security, described Khonje’s demise as a big brow to the family, Mwanza district and Malawi as a whole.

Khonje is survived by five children.

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Thambani United
Thambani United
2 years ago


2 years ago

A big blow? He was 95yrs old ! Are we expecting people to live for ever????……no disrespect to the family but please celebrate his life

2 years ago
Reply to  Makape

Akutitu “big brow”.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

Body of the 96 year old? He was 95 and NOT 96. Even if say he’d died a minute before midnight on his birthday eve, he would still have been 95.

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