Mhura’s body arrives home: Malawi’s UN envoy died in New York

The body of Malawi’s ambassador to the United Nations died Necton Mhura who died following a long battle with cancer  has arrived in  the country through Chileka Airport in Blantyre on Tuesday.

Mhura ‘s body arrives at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times
Malawi Ambassador to the USA, Necton Mhura: Burial in Zomba

His body was flown in from New York, United States of America (USA) where the diplomat died at New Jersey hospital on February 19 2018 on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Malawians led by governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and government officials converged at Chileka International Airport to welcome the body Mhura, who once served as Deputy Chief Secretary to Government from 2010 to 2012

At exactly, 3:30pm, Malawian Airlines jetted through Chileka International Airport with the remains of late Mhura.

There was a sombre mood as hundreds shed tears when a brown casket was moved slowly from the plane.

A short prayer from a Roman Catholic priest was made before the body left the airport to College of Medicine mortuary.

Some of the notable figures who witnessed the arrival of Mhura’s body included former Chief Secretary to Government, George Mkondiwa, now Malawi’s High Commissioner to India,  Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Isaac Munlo, Director of State Residences, Peter Mukhitho.

Others who also joined family members in welcoming the body of Mhura were former mayor of Blantyre City Council, Noel Chalamanda, business tycoon and chairperson of Mulhako Wa Alhomwe, Leston Mulli and Democratic Progressive Party Regional Governor for the South, Charles Mchacha and  councillor Louis Ngalande.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholous Dausi said burial will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery in Zomba on March 1.

Prior to his appointment to the UN, Mhura served from 2015 as ambassador to USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas and  Puerto Rica.

He also worked as a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh in UK from 1985 to 1988.

Mhura has a background in law as a former dean of the Faculty of Law at Chancellor College  School of Law in the University of Malawi, between 2004 and 2007.

He also served as acting dean from 1997 to 2000 and head of the law department from 1996 to 2002.

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Ause muntendere
Ause muntendere
4 years ago

At the Malawi Mission offices in New York, you welcomed all Malawians with dignity and humility, regardless of status, affiliation or power. We all felt welcomed and at home in your presence. You were a father for all Malawian delegates and visitors in New York! You shall be missed! May the Almighty God shelter your soul forever.

4 years ago

Rip,great son of Malawi we r morning each passing day talk of Mpasu etc,your souls rest in peace guys

4 years ago

When you were running the sports complex at chanco we never ran out of beer and during isolated evenings you could throw us one or two greens on your bill. you never weeded astudent from the law faculty and u were full of humour as a senior lecturer no wonder when you rose the ranks to deputy chief Secretary chanco alumnus used to flock to your office to ask for favours and advice regardless of which faculty they enrolled in…..fare thee well Mhura…..u will forever be remembered till we meet again in the afterlife…..hamba kahle necton…..hamba kahle biyeni…..two great sons… Read more »

Charles Mwantani Madukani

Fare thee well my good friend……… will meet in Gods Glory!!

4 years ago

What a Loss to Malawi. Rest in Peace Boss

Mwadiwa mrs
Mwadiwa mrs
4 years ago

May His Soul Rest in Peace

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