Mary Kadzamira dies, vigil at Mama’s house: Burial Saturday in Dedza

Former State House official Mary Kadzamira died on Tuesday after a long illness,  according to family members.

Mama Kadzamira mourns her sister Mary

Mary Kadzamira  served in various capacities under the 31 years Kamuzu Banda regime which included being Banda’s private secretary at State House when her sister Mama Cecilia Kadzamira was  Official Hostess to the founding president.

Kadzamira’s brother, Dr Zimani Kadzamira,  who was principal of the Malawi University’s Chancellor College., said Mary died at Daeyang Luke Hospital in Lilongwe.

Her remains are being kept in a morgue at the hospital until Thursday when they will be moved to Area 15 for vigil at her sister Mama Cecilia Tamanda Kadzamira’s house.

A church funeral service will be held on Friday from where the funeral procession will depart for Dedza where burial is expected on Saturday at Kachenzi Estate near Chimbiya Trading Centre .

Mary Kadzamira was born on January 29 1940, according to Zimani.

During the Kamuzu regime, thr Kadzamira family which extends to former strongman  John Tembo’s family was very powerful.

Kamuzu Banda did not entertain any talk or gossip about his relationship with Kadzamira.

In fact, it became a detainable offence for anyone in Malawi to engage in talk that implied that Kadzamira was more than the official state hostess.

The relationship between the Ngwazi Banda and Mama Kadzamira was special to the extent that even after Banda was defeated in the multiparty presidential elections of 1994, Kadzamira stayed by his bedside and nursed him until his death in November 1997.

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Alarakha Alimahomed
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Alarakha Alimahomed

I was born in malawi but left 45years ago ,I know this lady she was a very kind no matter what anyone says,you should not judje a book by its cover, ok we might have had some differences but you got give her a credit of what she was. Rip lady kadzamira the first lady of independent malawi.

Falison chibwana
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Falison chibwana

Her soul rest in peace

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

Are you confused? The one passed on is not the first lady of independent Malawi. If you don’t know the history of Malawi, please give us a break MAN!!

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 forgive that one doesn’t know what is he/she is talking about.

Giqiza Tembo
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Giqiza Tembo

Join the discussion… Cecilia Tamanda is still alive, the one who passed away is her sister Mary

Rai Nyirenda
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Rai Nyirenda

May her soul rest in peace!

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

BUT,MANY MALAWIANS WHO FOUGHT FOR CHANGE DIED AND THEY WERE BURIED LIKE DOGS.BUT BANDA’S IN-LAW RECEIVED DIGNIFIED BURRIAL.NOW WE ARE WAITING FOR THE FORMER FIRST LADY.THE WAY,MALAWI IS BEING RULED,THE CHEWAS AND LOMWES ARE THE KINGS OF MALAWI’S POLITICAL DYNASTIES.HOWEVER,MARY REST iN PEACE.

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

This Lady was a very wonderful and kind lady, I always met her in shops and other public places she was treating me as her own son though she did not know me. Yes this family has been demonised and given names, but when you personally meet them they are such a wonderful people, I had the opportunity to meet their late Father in 1974 in Lilongwe as a young boy, he was such a wonderful down to earth old man

Phangela
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Phangela

Wa YUFI iwe. You are one of them, mpaka kudziwa banja lonse? Shut up!!

Zawadi
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Zawadi

Malawians we to know this life is too short….those who are in 40s you have to know ngati mungalimbe… koma ambiri 50sadzafika.

Rip mayi

Chigwagwagwa
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Chigwagwagwa

kkkkkkkkkk

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

But you say her relationship with Kamuzu was special . Can you explain please.?

Tuntufye
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Tuntufye

Iwetu akumanga a ‘YUFI’ ndi anzawo a Mtambo. Umufunse Golden Matonga, ohoooh!

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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The MCP regime was the epitome of nepotism and tribalism. Everything in Malawi was about Kamuzu Banda, Kadzamira, Ungapake Tembo and their Chewa tribesmen. The fake accent ex-reverend Nyolonyo Yona Chakwera comes from this loathsome tribe.

Rest on peace young mama.

mpilu
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mpilu

kkkkk blue socks.kkkkk
apite awa anadya mokwanila.
zidzatha izi za nepotism. ngati zinayamba zidzatha.
thats why tipeze plesdent wa cizungu

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

Angry Patriot, you’re a typical sorry Lomwe who thinks things must not change. Kamuzu ruled in a one party era, unlike UR TOOTHLESS APM.

Kavunga
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Kavunga

Nkhani apa ndi yoti it was your tinpot chewa dictator who polluted Malawi with the nepotism, tribalism and regionalism shit you are complaining about now. It will take some time to clean society of this Kamazuism. I mean what was he thinking chasing teachers working in one region to go back and teach in their region with the north ending up oversubscribed by teachers?!!!!! and you cry loud today as if the current leadership is the one that has invented it, I hate hypocrisy!