The reverend Maurice Munthali of Livingstonia CCAP Synod on Thursday sent mourners at the funeral of veteran politician and patriot Robson Watayachanga Chirwa into stitches after attacking politicians for wrongful self-enrichment including Cabinet ministers for being corrupt.
.Reverend Munthali in his closing prayer said he wished the clergy had powers to choose who should die, saying they would settle for corrupt Cabinet ministers and other greedy looting politicians instead of patriots and statesmen.
“Right now, we are mourning two funerals, one for Robson Chirwa and the other for corrupt people,” said Munthali who drew rounds of applause.
“It it were possible that we choose who should die, we would have asked God to spare Robson Chirwa and get these greedy ones,” he added.
Munthali said death was evil to take away Chirwa who despite being an influential minister during Kamuzu Banda regime, he lived a humble life and did not loot public resources as is the case of current leaders, saying God whold have taken the corrupt ministers and other politicians first for bring misery to impoverished Malawians.
“Robson Watayachanga Chirwa lived a humble life; he retired in a small house [not the cashgate mansions of politicians and Cabinet ministers of today]. He was an extraordinary politician and minister not these ministers of today who are stealing an inconsiderate of the poor Malawians,” said Reverend Munthali.
Chirwa served as Legislator for Mzimba South East and former president late Kamuzu Banda appointed him Minister of Transport and Communication in 1976.
He also served in different portfolios such as Regional Minister for the North, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister Without Portfolio (Minister of State in the President’s Office) and Administrative Secretary of the MCP.
During the 2013 Independence Celebrations, former president Joyce Banda honoured Chirwa with an award in the Grand Achievers Category, appreciating his good service and good conduct to the nation.
He died on Tuesday in Lilongwe of hypertension at the age of 86.
Chirwa will be laid to rest Friday at his Yolam Village, Traditional Authority Mabulabo in Mzimba.
Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara said President Peter Mutharika has delegated Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila to represent him at the burial ceremony.