Grief and sorrow are the two words that can describe the atmosphere at Kambwiri school ground Traditional Authority in Senior Chief Kalonga’s area on Friday at the funeral of departed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General Evklen Kudontoni who was killed in road accident on Thursday.
At exactly 14:00 hours, State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who is also leader of DPP, arrived in a somber mood without the usual colour and pomp.
Mutharika’s motorcade drove silently without the usual sirents and fanfare to mourn Kudontoni.
Late Kudontoni died in a road accident at Kasese in Dowa on Thurday.
In his 5 minute eulogy, the grief striken Mutharika described Kudontoni as a dedicated and great speaker he has ever seen on the Malawi political scene.
“I talked to Kudontoni at around 10:00 hrs for thirty minutes when he informed me he was going to Kasungu to attend a funeral, later at around 11:00 hrs I got a call from the Inspector General of police informing me of this death, I could not believe it,” said Mutharika.
The President added that in Kudontoni the party and the nation has lost a visonary, loving and ungreedy leader.
Mutharika said it is against such a background that he has decided to set a 5 million kwacha Ecklen Kudontoni Endowment Fund to honour the great politician.
Mutharika also pledged to support children and dependents of the late Kundontoni with their education needs up to university.
Vice president Saulos Chilima, senior DPP officials, Poluticians from other parties attended the funeral,