Heroine and historic figure Rose Chibambo is likely to spend another night in hospital after she was admitted on Monday for heart attack.
Her relations say she will struggle to pay the hospital bills at Mwaiwathu in Blantyre and have since extended a begging bowl to well wishers.
“Athough she is on money, she does not have the money,” said Chibambo’s grand daughter Juliet Mhango.
Chibambo is on a K200 bank note.
She is the first female cabinet minister in Kamuzu Banda first ever cabinet of 1964.
Chibambo’s penniless status has restarted debate on former cabinet minister Moses Dossi proposal for a law that would allow senior politicians like Chibambo access state funds for their upkeep and social welfare.
Veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba went on television asking people to help him because he had no money.
President Peter Mutharika and other well wishers sent him cash upkeep.
Mhango said it was pathetic that Chibambo, who is supposed to hold a high status position in the society, should now live like a destitute.