Mutharika to miss Chikaonda burial, directs military honours for Malawi  ex-financial Czar

President Peter Mutharika is not going to attend the funeral of former Cabinet minister and corporate executive Mathews Chikaonda has been deferred from this Friday to an unspecified date due to other technicalities and has instead delegated minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu.

Prof Mathews Chikaonda: His funeral programme is being revised

Office of the President and Cabinet says Chikaonda will be buried with full mitary honours as a former cabinet minister.

The OPC says the remains of Chikaonda are expected to arrive at Kamuzu International Airport on a date to be announced in due course.

Chikaonda died after a long battle with cancer.

Initially, the body of Chikaonda—who died on October 30 in the United States of America—was scheduled to be repatriated home through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) Thirsday before proceeding to his home, Tembetembe Village, Traditional Authority Kachindamoto at Mtakataka in Dedza for burial on Friday.

Yacinta Chikaonda, sister to the eminent economist, said new arrangements are being worked out as to when to fly out the remains, saying new dates for burial in Mtakataka will be announced later.

Chikaonda served the country in key positions as Reserve Bank Governor from 1995 before a brief stint in politics as Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development following his appointment in 2000.

In April 2002, Chikaonda—who is survived by a wife and three children—was appointed Press Corporation Limited group chief executive officer, a position he held until his retirement in December 2016.

Born on August 8 1954, he held a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in finance from the University of Massachusetts, USA; a master of business administration (MBA) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; bachelor of arts degree from the Council for National Academic Awards at Huddersfield University in the United Kingdom and a diploma in business studies from The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.

He also served as professor of finance at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada between 1988 and 1994 before his appointment as RBM deputy governor in 1994.

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Na phiri
Na phiri
2 years ago

Komaaa inu u think bwana azingopita ku maliro chifukwa munthu anali ndi ten point plan which did not materlise

Chiyembwi
Chiyembwi
2 years ago

Eishhh people can talk shaaaa!

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Kodi paka samapita ku maliro akuluwa eti?

Kayira
Kayira
2 years ago

Maybe rest in peace but please do not call him an eminent economist! Ok, maybe by Malawian standards where u can get a PhD overnight by Western Union transfer and then u r called an eminent academic! This guy was a disaster at RBM and a colossal disaster at Press. Degrees mean very little in a fast moving world -it just means that u can pass exams- the real test is in the marketplace of ideas. Chikaonda had none. He was a buffoon in academic clothing. Just like APM.

Bystander
Bystander
2 years ago
Reply to  Kayira

What is he getting honored for? Ten Point Plan?

Biggy
Biggy
2 years ago

Adad looks sick. Inu mukumuona bwa?

Professional Simurai
Professional Simurai
2 years ago

eminent economist my foot, he killed companies under PRESSCORP from 32 to just 15 and he made 13 of them technically insolvent PTC, CARSBERG, MTL MALDECO, among others he fought to kill MTL so he can promote TNM ant yet TNM was an MTL child, the guy was just too pompous and overated for nothing, when you look here what is new about his credentials?,they way he was treated as if his certificates were made in heaven!!!!! everyone has such certificates, this is a guy who even failed to go University thanks to Board of Governors where he earned a… Read more »

Noxy
2 years ago

Eish! bad talking manners to a dead person!

Eco
Eco
2 years ago
Reply to  Noxy

Indeed! very pathetic

none
2 years ago

Just for correction. He did not fail to go to University of Malawi. The Business Studies programme was part of the University of Malawi. At that time, B. Com degree was not introduced. And, if i remember well, he passed his Diploma with distinction and joined University of Malawi, Poly, as staff Associate and later got scholarship to study in the UK. MHSRIP

SwanOcea
SwanOcea
2 years ago

Board of governers produced the creamiest workers the country has ever known

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
2 years ago

He went to Uni of Massachussets get your facts rights…u sound super ignorant some of the companies you mentioned UDF led govt killed them cz of poor policies to protect them.

Dickens Richard Ngoma
Dickens Richard Ngoma
2 years ago

Oh my former Boss at The RBM! What a great loss to our country! May his soul rest in Peace!

Hama
Hama
2 years ago

Ife timadziwa kuti mkuluyu sapita ku maliro sign ya matchona.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

Why burial with military honours, and why the need for the president to be there? Ndi m’bale wache?

Thinktank
Thinktank
2 years ago

Kuganiza kwa ” phala” kumeneko…..you go ku maliro only if you are related to the deceased?

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago
Reply to  Thinktank

Why shld he go then you mbuzi? How many maliro do happen in Malawi? Does the president go to all of them? What’s special with this failed economist?

Gome
Gome
2 years ago

empty tin making noise

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