Shock and bewilderment as Nga Mtafu buried

Malawi’s neurosurgeon and retired politician George nga Mtafu was buried Friday at Ntonda Village on the outskirts of Blantyre City, following his death on Tuesday after sustaining injuries in a road accident.

UDF women mourn Nga Mtafu
UDF women mourn Nga Mtafu
Bakili Muluzi and Khumbo Kachali at the funeral
Bakili Muluzi and Khumbo Kachali at the funeral
Inkosi Gomani V and UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo (right) at the funeral
Inkosi Gomani V and UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo (right) at the funeral
Uladi Mussa pays last respects to Mtafu
Uladi Mussa pays last respects to Mtafu
Muluzi talking to Patrick Mbewe as former chief justice Lovemore Munlo look on
Muluzi talking to Patrick Mbewe as former chief justice Lovemore Munlo look on

Several hundred mourners, —including government officials, politicians, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) members and traditional leaders—attended the funeral.

The former MP for Likoma was buried at Mtonda – Khumbo Farm – at a cemetery he had choosen before he died.

“It is an hour of heartache, a time of tears,” said former president Bakili Muluzi.

Mtafu’s widow Elvy, Commissioner at the Malawi Electoral Commission, said his death had shattered her life and described him as “my pillar of strength, husband, father, mentor, protector and very best friend”.

Some of the notable people who witnessed the burial were former vice-president Khumbo Kachali, First-Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje, former Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda, former Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, PPM president Mark Katsonga, People’s Party’s Central Region vice-president Uladi Mussa and Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbwelwa V .

Government was represented by Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume.

He was once arrested and imprisoned without trial for making a statement disagreeing with President Hastings Banda’s pronouncements. Upon his release in 1991, he became active in reform politics, and is one of the founding members of United Democratic Front (UDF).

Mtafu was once UDF treasurer general and the party’s leader in Parliament.

He served in various ministerial portfolios during the UDF regime under Bakili Muluzi presidency, and in 2012 Mtafu was appointed as Chief Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Health.

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amina
5 years ago

This was a political funeral. Sad indeed. Why not highlight the church where he belonged the family and the like. He was an Adventist sure. Shame on the writer of this article you seem to be too much in politics than telling us the other side of the late’s life. I liked him coz he stood by his word, not wanting to cheat God by swearing using the bible. shows he was a true christian unlike all of you who sweared thro the bible but sinning heavily dayin day out. MHSRIP.

tz
tz
5 years ago

taluza munthu ofunika

marvey marvei
marvey marvei
5 years ago

Rest in peace esteemed Doctor. Za tsiku la kufa kwathu amadziwa ndi mwini wake Chauta. Amapatsa komanso amalanda.

For those wishing others to die, know that death comes to ALL whether you are a king, pauper,a youth or or old person .

Mbowe Mulambia
5 years ago

I understand he was not a believer of God how come SDA was there Money talks

Jescano
Jescano
5 years ago

Very sad mhsrip

mtima wa nyani
mtima wa nyani
5 years ago

KOMASSO KA MTIMA KA TSANKHO KANALIPO MWA IWOWA DHALALI. TIKUDZIWA KOMA POTI ZINATIONEKELA SIZOKUNVA. KWA INU ANAKUCITILANI ZABWINO NZOKOMA KWA IFE NDI MMENEMO, TIMAYESA KUTI AKHALA CONCO.
ZKOMO

Professor hammer
5 years ago

@josophat returns, I think the premise of your argument that his refusal to swear by the bible was indicative of his unbelief in G of is untrue. In fact, he argued that to swear by the bible would be a mockery to GOd since he knew that it was untrue to act as per the promise in the swearing in ceremony. Further, he also knew that swearing by God’s name is tantamount to sinning. I, therefore, urge to do research before you post those fallacious arguments.

mphatso
5 years ago

may his soul rest in peace.we will leave to remember him

Likoma Economist
Likoma Economist
5 years ago

Sadly there goes another Islander hero just like others who went before him. I remember another islander my hero – Late Dr James Chipasula the first Malawian political scientist. Then the late Dr Bello the first Malawian eye speacialist. May their souls rest in peace.

Alungwana
Alungwana
5 years ago

We learnt alot from his life. He has displayed a patriotic life. May God comfort his family.

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