Former Minister of Health and Population in late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime and academician, Professor David Kapenyera Mphande was laid to rest on Monday with full military honours at Bandawe in Nkhata Bay District.
Professor Mphande died on September 14, 2018 after a long illness.
President Peter Mutharika directed that Prof. Mphande’s funeral be accorded full military honours.
In his eulogy on behalf of the President, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe, said the nation is saddened by the death of Prof. Mphande who he described as a politician, academician, pastor and a historian.
“Today we are celebrating the life of a great man who has achieved a lot in life as a politician, pastor, academician and a historian,” said Gondwe.
Gondwe said Prof. Mphande and President Mutharika were longtime friends and worked together in the cabinet during late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime.
Victor Mphande, son to the deceased said his father was a pillar of the Mphande while describing him as a loving and caring man.
“Dad was a caring and God fearing man. He was an educationist who fought for everyone,” Mphande said.
He then thanked government for according his father’s funeral full military honours and Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia for supporting late Mphande during his sickness and death.
Traditional Authority Malanda said Prof. Mphande was a development-conscious man who developed Nkhata Bay South East Constituency.
“I have lost a development loving man and a historian. I am shocked with this death. My area had four professors, with the death of Prof Mphande, it means I now have only three,” said T.A. Malanda.
Before his death Prof. Mphande was Postgraduate Coordinator at University of Livingstonia.