Muluzi, Goodall pay tributes to Chikaonda: ‘Abig loss for Malawi’

Former president Bakili Muluzi and Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe have spoken about top economist Professor Mathews Chikaonda, a former Cabinet minister and corporate executive who has died in California, United Stated.

Prof Mathews Chikaonda: Tributes are pouring in

Chikaonda is a former group chief executive officer at the dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) and also worked as governor of Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

Former president Muluzi who appointed Chikaonda as RBM Governor  in 1995 and served in the post until March 2000 when he was appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Planning his administration, paid tribute to the economist who was famous for his 10-point plan during his tenure as minister.

Muluzi said he was saddened that Malawi has lost a person who made “huge contribution” both as RBM governor and Cabinet minister.

“I worked with professor Chikaonda for many, many years. I called him from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada where he was teaching when I was Head of State in 1994  and pursuaded him to return to Malawi and contribute to national development. He was a well experienced and knowledgeable,” he said.

Added Muluzi; “Chikaonda was an honest man who could correct me whenever I was going wrong.”

Muluzi aid Chikaonda was “straightforward” on offering advice, saying he was “brilliant”, saying though some point in his 10-point plan did not work out – the guidelines were very good.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe described Chikaonda as a “wonderful colleague”.

Gondwe said he approached Chikaonda several times on guidance on economic issues.

Economists Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Chikumbutso Kalilombe said Chikaonda contributed greatly to the development of the country and “will be greatly missed”.

Chief Executive Officer of Nation Publications Limited, Mbumba Banda described Chikaonda as a true “friend indeed is a friend in need.”

She remembered Chikaonda for helping the leading newspaper house when government imposed an advertising ban.

PCL group CEO George Partridge, who succeed Chikaonda, said it had been “a privilege” to work with Chikaonda, describing him as “outstanding”.

Justine Malewezi, who was vice president to Muluzi, also said Chikaonda’s death was abig loss to the nation.

“He was a very passionate man in economics,” said Malewezi.

Malewezi said his thoughts were with his family and colleagues after hearing about his death.

Chikaonda was born on 8 August 1954 has died after a long battle of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Violet and three children.

He held a doctor of philosophy (PhD)  in finance from the University of Massachusetts, US obtained between 1984 and 1989. Hre also held a master of business administration (MBA) from the Wharton School, University of Pennslvania obtained between 1981 and 1983.

Cikaonda also held bachelor of arts (BA) degree with honours from the Council for National Academic Awards at Huddersfield University in the United Kingdom (UK) obtained between 1976 and 1980 and a diploma in business studies from the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.

 

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shit hole
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shit hole

Ladies and Gentlemen, What we have to know is that Malawi is not a poor Country, But we have been Guided by poor leadership. In strict terms , Chikaonda and Bakili muluzi just Came to destroy the economy of Malawi. Thats why we have constant onset of hunger in Malawi. We used to have high food production in Malawi Since 1964. But Come Muluzi and Chikaonda, they destroyed all the farms under press Corporation , and that shrinked the Malawi GDP , and also Malawi was no longer self reliant in Food Production. So if Muluzi wants to apologise the… Read more »

J.J.J.Sonke
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For those who are writing negatively about Chikaonda:
1- His ten point plan did not fail because of him, it was exactly what the country needed, others who made it fail.
In fact Goodall Gondwe implemented the same policies during Bingu’s first term.
2- He did not destroy the Press Corporation, he rescued it.
3- He did not rip of the country in any way.
4- When he was appointed Ministry of Finance we had no donor budget support. He got it back within halve a year.
5- When he was minister the Kwacha stabilised,

J.J.J.Sonke
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I am shocked to hear about Mathews Chikaonda’s death. May his soul rest in peace, May the lord be with Violet and his children. He was one of the most intelligent, often mis-understood, man I have ever known. People who disagree with that do not know what they are talking about, sorry. My mentor when I was his deputy. A great loss to our country for which he had exiting plans which he can now not implement.

Gogo mutharika
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Gogo mutharika

No wonder u useless like him

Shack
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Shack

Of course you were his deputy and looted the government together. Shame on you! Malawi is in this deep shit because of the policies implemented by Muluzi and Chikaonda. You should feel sorry for yourself.

Big papa
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Big papa

MHSRIP

maseko
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maseko

Chikaonda was a great man. We will miss him.

matela
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matela

RIP

Kalekeni Kanene
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Kalekeni Kanene

I wish to differ with the former president Bakili Muluzi. He is praising Chikaonda for good economic advice, planning and management. I’m surprised because Muluzis presidency was the worst in terms of economy. He had very poor economic policies. If Chikaonda was part of Muluzis team, then he contributed nothing to the country but misery to the Malawian. RIP Mr Chikaonda, after working with Muluzi destroying the economy of Malawi. When Dr Banda left the office in 1994. 1 US Dollar was 6 Kwacha but within 3 months of Muluzi, it droped to 17 Kwacha. Muluzi, the worst leader leader… Read more »

yosefu mateyu
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yosefu mateyu

Chikaonda was not an economist and professor. He did business administration in the US and lectured for few years in Canada before coming to Malawi.

Duduzane
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Rest in peace comrade. Remember one day will be you and me including you Peter muthalika the arctect of corruption and your cronoes. You can hide now but death is an hidable my bra and you will answer for your wrong doings. Salute chikaonda. Mulungu akutenga ofunikira kuzisiya mbava zikukolora ku state house. Zandikwiyisa

King
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King

Shame

Shack
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Shack

You are shallow minded and have no idea what you’re talking about. Chikaonda and Muluzi looted the government out of everything! The demise of Press Corporation, the selling of government houses in Lilongwe, it’s all because of Chikaonda and Muluzi. How could he afford to live in California which is the most expensive place in the US? He destroyed Malawi economically and left for California. There’s a good Lord up there! No matter what these thieves will do, one day they will face judgment.

KEneth
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KEneth

Osati kusiya bambo ako…

Chauncy Pensulo
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Chauncy Pensulo

Eshi! What a loss.

Bystander
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Bystander

I have and will have nothing positive to say about Muluzi or those who advised him. The famous “Ten Point Plan”. Fit it ever see the light of day? Then there was Vision Twenty Twenty. Muluzi and Chikaonda looted big time. That’s why Atupele does not hold any substance. Atupele should just give up politics and do what he was trained to be, is at all. Otherwise his dad damaged his future.

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