The military honours and the display of the traditional Ingoma dance was perhaps the symbol of late Sam Mpasu‘s character.
Yes not everybody supported him in some of the fights he passionately involved himself in but it remains an unindisputable fact by both his friends and foes imaginary and otherwise, that Biyeni as was fondly called by his close friends , was a fighter.
In some of his fights Mpasu was a lone man to the contrary his death pulled all the people together.
The harmony in the spiritual songs played in slow rhythm by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) brass band was symbolic.
As he travelled his last mile from his village house to the grave yard one could easily notice from the crowd that followed, led by vice-president Saulosi Chilima that Sam was not a plebian from the dusty settlement of Nkhudzi village in Ntcheu district. He was a persona.
The length of the sermon by Bishop Joseph Mbewe was compnasated by the it’s power, relevance and of course artistry humour.
In the grave yard some relatively young people defied the tradition as they climbed in the trees to catch a glimpse of the proceedings.
As the casket carrying his remains lowered in the grave, his children could not hold their emotions.
The eldest daughter Silaba, had only a pole which buttressed the tent which gave shelter to the bereaved and some dignitaries to lean on as tears rolled down her cheek.
His brother, Joseph struggled to hold firm to the Ngoni dictates. “Mamuna samalira“. He instead looked in the air for some seconds before burying his head on his lap.
It was a moment of byes with their father while the activities by the Malawi Defence Force and his tribes men, the Maseko Ngoni were that of a celebration for the life of a great man.
If it was possible for a writer to write about his own death, perhaps Mpasu could have authored an award winning story replete with an Epitaph which the minds of any writer can only imagine.
From Prisoner 375, countless published articles to the Chief Gossip in the defunct UDF News to his political life a page is inadequate but a book.
Of course his works especially the published one will remain to tell a tale of his life.
At exactly 4:00 pm the burial ceremony came to an end. with a prayer offered by Rev. Christopher Gondwe and finally the Malawi National Anthem played by the Malawi Defence Force brass band.
Mpasu probably fought a good fight and walked a worthwhile journey.
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