Thousands of Malawians including senior government and People’s Party officials have been thronging to Mudi House , the official state residence of President Mrs. Joyce Banda in Blantyre, to join the first citizen in mourning death of her sister a Mrs. Felistas Ntila Chanthunya who passed away on Sunday.
Details of the funeral have remained sketchy but PP officials have told Nyasa Times the deceased was very close to the President and has been sick for sometime.
“We are indeed mourning death of our dear president’s sister, she has been sick for sometime and was close to the president. We will remember her for the contribution she made in assisting the President to form the People’s Party during the hard times of the former regime,” was all a senior PP official could say.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased is expected to be buried at Domasi, Zomba district on Tuesday.
Thousands of people mostly cladding PP regalia have been holding a vigil at the Mudi House since Sunday evening.
Mrs. Banda travelled by road from Lilongwe to Blantyre Sunday evening to lead Malawians in mourning a woman the President regarded as mother following death of her biological mother Edith Mtila some years back.
Meanwhile, the governing PP has since called off all meetings it had lined up this week including a mass rally in Mulanje central constituency which was slated for this Wednesday.
Mrs Chathunya is survived by two children, one of them is Andekuche who is a lawyer working in state chambers. The other is daughter Lekereni.
Late Ntila chanthunya was born in 1954 .