Tembo’s wife funeral draws Malawi parties together in mourning

It was a day of emotions and unity of purpose for Malawi as dignitaries, politicians and people from all walks of life gathered in Dedza on Saturday to pay their respects to the much-respected wife of retired politician John Tembo where her remains were interred.

President Mutharika embraces widower Tembo in consoling him
President Mutharika embraces widower Tembo in consoling him
President Mutharika greets retired politician Gwanda Chakuamba as PP's Brown Mpinganjira looks on at the funeral
President Mutharika greets retired politician Gwanda Chakuamba as PP’s Brown Mpinganjira looks on at the funeral
Ruth Tembo's coffin lies before streams of mourners in Dedza
Ruth Tembo’s coffin lies before streams of mourners in Dedza
Muluzi, Tembo and Chakwera: During the day of emotions
Muluzi, Tembo and Chakwera: During the day of emotions

Mamarita Ruth Tembo, wife of 45 years of former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, died on Monday at  Dae Yung Luke Hospital in Lilongwe where she had gone for treatment after a short illness.

Malawians from all walks of life and across the political divide felt the tremendous emotion of the solemn occasion when she was being laid to rest   at Nthulu Village in the area of traditional authority Kaphuka in Dedza.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika led the people who paid their last respects to Tembo’s wife who included former president Bakili Muluzi, Vice-President Saulosi Chilima and former vice-president Justin Malewezi and Khumbo Kachali.

There was also Speaker of National Assembly who is also MCP Vice President Richard Msowoya, deputy speaker of parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma, senior executive members of  Peoples Party led by Brown Mpinganjira and the MCP membership.

In his eulogy on behalf of President Mutharika, Chilima said Tembo’s wife she was humble and peace-loving hence the united national mourning.

Chilima said Malawi mourned  “ a woman who preached peace and contributed a lot to Malawi Congress Party.”

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader opposition, acknowledged the unity shown by parties during the entire mourning period, saying Ruth Tembo was “a remarkable person.”

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera said a dark cloud has descended on the party following the death of Ruth.

“It will be very difficult for me to forget our mother Mrs Ruth Mamariah Tembo,” said Chakwera.

In his tribute, family representative Professor Zimani Kadzamira, said  Ruth Tembo was “an adviser to the family, a wedding planner and comforter.”

Former president Muluzi speaking to Tembo in the vigil house said he felt very sad over the demise of Ruth Tembo, saying: “ We are grieving a loss but also commemorating a life well-led, an extraordinarily  life.”

President  Mutharika assisted the family with various food items including K300,000 cash while Chakwera and the MCP gave the family K1,595, 970.00.

Malawi’s recent past president Joyce Banda gave the family K100,000,  vice president’s wife Mrs Mary Chilima contributed  rice and maize flour.

Other cash donations and assistance were received from Muluzi, Malewezi  and many mourners.

Born on 21 September, 1941 in Lesotho, Ruth Mamaria Tembo is survived by a husband John Tembo and four children; Dudu,  John Tembo Junior, Dalitso and Themba.–(Additional reporting by Zawadi Chilunga, Nyasa Times)

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MCP ALLERGIC
MCP ALLERGIC
6 years ago

NO NORTHERNER OR SOUTHERNER WILL BE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR MCP. THE CENTRAL REGION MAJORITY INFESTED MCP NEC SAYS.

Mwendanato
Mwendanato
6 years ago

RIP Ruth, a Tembo zakusogolo amadziwa ndani. Time for you to repent from your past mistakes. Imagine words that are popularly to have been uttered from your own mouth such as My firends’ best enemy is my best friend, and i hate norhtners and don’t want to work with them. A GNC siawo anabwera kumaliro

JAMES kamanga
JAMES kamanga
6 years ago

RIP Mama Tembo

ungwelu
ungwelu
6 years ago

RIP

Munthuwazeru
Munthuwazeru
6 years ago

Zimenezi ndizimene zimafunika pa umunthu wanthu monga anthu amene adawalenga ndi MULUNGU

Hamilton Kandulu
6 years ago

RIP

Aaron
Aaron
6 years ago

RIP MAMA

kadwala
kadwala
6 years ago

Koma badge ya Kamuzu ndi pa maliro pomwe Baba Tembo? Kapena ndi yosokera pomwepo pa jekete kuti simachoka? Komanso a chakwera neck tayi ya green ndi yovala ku maliro?

Masoanyenga
Masoanyenga
6 years ago

RIP Mama Tembo

chiefdastownhall
6 years ago

Mbalame zina zikasowa comments just stay cool by not exposing your stupidity

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