The body of late James Mbowe Nyondo, president of National Salvation Front (NASAF) will arrive in the country on Thursday from South Africa where he died while receiving medical treatment.
According to family in a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the body of Nyondo will arrived at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Thursday, 23rd July, 2015 at 12:30 PM.
Upon arrival, the body will be taken to Area 47 where relatives, friends and well-wishers have been holding a funeral vigil since Saturday, last week.
“Burial of the body will take place the following day, Friday, 24 July 2015, at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe. The burial ceremony will be preceded by a funeral service, which will be conducted from 10 A.M at Church of Christ, in Area 47, Lilongwe,” reads the statement in part.
Nyondo died of cancer in the evening of Friday, 17 July 2015, at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
James Mbowe Nyondo was born on May 14, 1968 in Chitipa, Northern Malawi. He did his secondary school education at Dedza and Likuni Boys Secondary Schools.
He attended Chancellor College and later trekked to South Africa where he completed his degree in law from University of South Africa (UNISA) before proceeding to the United States of America
where he obtained a degree in Business Studies from the University of Texas, San Antonio.
While abroad, Mr. Nyondo made an intentional study of how prosperous nations work with the intention of using this knowledge to help Malawi develop itself. After 10 years abroad, he returned, from Texas, USA, to his native Malawi in 2006 with the conviction that one of Malawi’s deepest needs is for devoted, knowledgeable, service-minded leadership at every level of society.
To this end he launched an effort called Servants of the Nation (SON) with the goal of mentoring local leaders to address the problems of their own people using whatever resources they have wherever they may be.
Presidential bid 2009 and 2014
In 2009, Mr. Nyondo contested in the 2009 Presidential elections as an independent candidate. After the elections he proceeded to form the National Salvation Front (NASAF), a political party under which he contested as a presidential candidate in 2014.
Soon after the 2014 elections, Mr. Nyondo went to South Africa to complete his studies for a PhD in law, which he had suspended due to his political campaign. He was due to graduate in September 2015 and his plans were to return to Malawi to start rebuilding NASAF as soon as he had graduated.
Nyondo started feeling unwell a couple of months ago and underwent several medical tests and treatment but it was only on 14th July 2015 that doctors discovered that he had lung cancer. Sadly, he died in the evening of Friday 17th July, 2015, at Steve Biko Memorial Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, just before he was due to start treatment.
He is survived by a wife, Lusani, and three children, – a daughter and two sons.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :