TAMA chief Mkumba given zestful funeral

Hundreds of mourners attended a requiem mass in Lilongwe for Felix Mkumba, CEO for the Tobacco Association of Malawi (Tama).

Mkumba died in a South African hospital after a battle with abdominal ulcers at the age of 44.

The requiem mass was celebrated by Bishop Martin Mtumbuka who led 12 other Catholic priests.

Late Felix Mkumba

In his eulogy, Father Kubalasa, said “Felix Mkumba’s personality and his genuine care and concern for people endeared him to all.”

The priest said:  “As we gather today to commend Felix Mkumba to God and pray for his eternal rest we can only briefly tell of his 44 years of life.”

He told mourners that Mkumba had “such a cheerful and invigorating presence.”

Mkumba once worked for international firm Unilever and seconded to Ghana for several years before he picked up the job with Tama in 2005.

He was also a lecturer at Exploits University, a private university in Lilongwe.

“Mkumba was a good lecture, every student loved his classes. We have lost as asset,” said one of the students from university.

Mkumba hailed from Ntchisi and he is survived by a wife, Evelyn Jimusole.

His remains were later interred at Area 18 cemetery in Lilongwe with tear, prayers and celebration of his good life.

Notable people who attended the funeral included former vice president Justin Malewezi, several CEO’s of companies, civil servants and tobacco industry stakeholders.

The hearse carrying the remains of Felix Mkumba. Photo by Nyasa Times/KJ

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