Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga in northern Malawi says Malawi politics is uncivilized, saying they are no limits on how Malawian politicians should politic.
“From election year to election year it’s always politics. When are you going to have time for development? Let’s resist from talking politics and focus on development,” Kyungu said in his native Kiyangonde inter fused with English.
The Chief said this in his eulogy at the funeral service of former deputy Secretary General of Livingstonia Synod the late Reverend Ted Atusaye Goliath Mwambira held at Bwiba CCAP Church in Karonga on Thursday.
As usual PP cadres in party regalia had come to the service because the party’s vice president for the north Khumbo Kachali, who is also Malawi’s Veep, had graced the occasion on behalf of President Joyce Banda.
Reverend Mwambira died last Sunday at Mzuzu Central Hospital. He was born on 17 July 1950.
Earlier master of ceremony, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo had warned people scheduled for eulogies to desist from talking politics saying the funeral service was not the right platform.
The Church received 30 eulogy requests but trimmed the list to five only, according to reverend Nyondo.
Reverend Nyondo’s rebuke came following the deceased brother’s public declaration that MP for Karonga North West Beatrice Mwangonde gets another term in 2014 because of her support to the bereaved family.
The deceased brother Felix Mwambira said the family will not tamper with his young brother’s property saying it belongs to the wife and children.
While the deceased son Atusaye Mwambira was tongue tied saying no amount of words could described his father’s legacy.
“He was not only a father but a friend. He gave us his children the greatest gift a parent can give to his children and that is education,” said a tearful Atusaye.
Paramount Kyungu said Malawians were still waiting for the fruits of independence and not politics.
“Equally, this time is for President Joyce Banda she should play it well,” the Chief advised.
However, Paramount Kyungu hailed the late Reverend Mwambira as a fearless and brave Malawian whom he said stood up during Malawi’s tumultuous period from dictatorship to multiparty politics.
“Death has taken him prematurely because he had a lot to offer not only to Karonga but Malawi as a whole,” he said.
Reverend Nyondo, who spoke on behalf of the Synod’s Moderator, Dr Timothy Nyasulu described the late reverend Mwambira as a motivational preacher.
He then commended the late brother’s assurance that the family will not tamper with property and other assets saying people from Chitipa are known for property grabbing.
Malawi Veep Khumbo Kachali described the late Reverend Mwambira as wise saying his death is a blow not only to the government but to him personally since he was one of his three spiritual fathers.
He said the other two spiritual fathers who have shaped his political career are Reverend Mezuwa Banda and Bishop Martin Mutumbuka.
“I could not have been where am today had it not been for the guidance I got from these people. Malawi’s history would be incomplete without mentioning the role reverend Mwambira played from 1992 – 94 because he risked his life for Malawi,” Kachali said.
Kachali then condoled the late reverend’s Wife Aida Mwambira with cash MK200,000 which he said was from President Banda.
The late Reverend Ted Mwambira’s brief biography
- Got a diploma with credit from Zomba Theological College in 1977
- Served as Presbytery Clerk and Head of Station at Misuku, Chitipa Boma, Kapiri, Bandawe, Ekwendeni and Livingstonia
- Board Chairperson Northern Region Water Board for 10 years
- First CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Parish Minister to Churches in Lilongwe in the Central Region
- Travelled extensively on church work abroad to USA, Scotland, and Ireland etc.