A hormone-ravaged support staff from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (name withheld) sparked debate after his persistence to console the wife of his bereaved colleague.
The official was delegated to represent the ministry at the funeral.
The deceased, James Mwase, worked for the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Blantyre and met his fate Friday in a car accident as he was travelling from Mwanza where he went on official duties.
The driver of the car they were travelling in is said to have been avoiding a head-on collision with a Freightliner Truck but swerved off the road hitting a tree and the car overturning three times at Matindi near Lunzu.
The driver and Mwase died on the spot with four other officers being admitted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after sustaining serious head and body injuries.
However, bereaved family members and other mourners were astonished with the behaviour of the official who came to console them on the burial day, at Kadosola Village in Nkhamenya in Kasungu.
Flirting up a storm
The official kept on sitting next to the bereaved wife and consoling her personally.
“Does it mean once delegated by those in authority one should abuse their power contrary to our acceptable traditional beliefs and culture.
“As much as we appreciate and recognise your delegated role in this aspect, the women’s guild and other female mourners are the ones who are supposed to console the bereaved wife and not a man.
“What is happening here is against our cultural values,” exclaimed one member of the women’s guild from St Columbus CCAP.
Currently, it is not known whether the officer will appear before the ministry’s disciplinary committee following the complaints that were raised by the mourners.