Thousands mourn Barbra Mpinganjira wife to FDH bank boss: Nankhumwa delivers APM condolences

Thousands of Malawians from all walks of life paid their last respects to Barbra, late wife to business mogul, Dr. Thom Mpinganjira.

The breaved family of Mpinganjira
SDA President Kuyama during the funeral
At the funeral : Atupele Muluzi, Nankhumwa and Bakili Muluzi
Former President Muluzi comforts Thom Mpinganjira in the loss of his wife
Nankhumwa conferring with Brown Mpinganjira
Nankhumwa conferring with former president Muluzi
Nankhumwa: I am in deep shock
The mourners at the funeral

The late Barbra Abigail Mpinganijra died at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in the wee hours of Friday, January 4  2019 and was laid to rest on Saturday, January 5 2019 at Mpinganjira’s home village of Chide Village, T/A Bvumbwe in Thyolo District.

The funeral programme started on Saturday with a Church service at Sunnyside SDA Church, where the late Barbra Abigail Mpinganijra was a senior Dorcas member. The sermon was delivered by Fackson Kuyama, Malawi Seventh Day Adventist Church Union president before the body was taken to Bvumbwe for the funeral service and burial.

Delivering eulogy on behalf of President Peter Mutharika, Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said the President was deeply saddened by the passing of Barbra Mpinganjira and he sent his deepest sympathies to the FDH bank boss  and the entire bereaved family.

“The President informed me that the Mpinganjiras were his closest friends and he was deeply shocked to learn of the untimely death of Mrs. Mpinganjira. He said he wished he had personally attended the funeral service if it were not for other pressing state matters,” said Nankhumwa, who is also governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for southern region, MP for Mulanje Central and Leader of the House in Malawi Parliament.

Nankhumwa said the President had delegated him to deliver a special message of appreciation to the Mpinganjiras for complementing government’s efforts towards social and economic development through their various business investments.

“Dr. Mpinganjira and his late wife established huge business in Malawi, notably the FDH Group of Companies, which employ hundreds of our youths today. The President has delegated me to inform you that he does not take such initiatives for granted but wish to sincerely thank you, the Mpinganjiras, for the huge contribution that you make to the social and economic development of our country. You have the capability and at liberty to invest your wealth abroad but you decided to help your own country. That’s patriotism,” he said.

Nankhumwa said he was also personally heartbroken to hear about the death of Barbra Mpinganjira on Friday, explaining he had visited the Mpinganjiras at their private home in Blantyre a few days ago and that she was in high spirits.

“For me personally, I am in deep shock; I am emotionally overwhelmed as I can hardly believe she will no longer be with us. We loved her but God loved her most; may her soul rest in everlasting peace,” said Nankhumwa.

He said the late Barbra was a remarkable woman who always held her head high and gave endlessly to many people, including those that were not her relations. Above all, he said the late Barbra was had a calm personality and always gave good advice to various people.

Other eulogies were delivered by Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Mwanamveka, on behalf of Mulhakho wa Lhomwe, DPP regional governor for the southern region and Deputy Homeland Security Affairs, Charles Mchacha and firebrand politician, Brown Mpinganjira, on behalf of the Mpinganjira family.

Other high-profile people who attended the funeral service included former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi, his son and Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi, Minister of Information, Henry Mussa, Chief Secretary to Government, Lloyd Muhara and UTM Director of Strategy, Michael ‘Manganya’ Usi, among others.

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Changalikandu Pwagu
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Changalikandu Pwagu

“Fuckson” doesn’t sound good as a cleric’s name. Change it Sir.

kanyimbi 265
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kanyimbi 265

The news lacks a lot of information.

Liberator
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Liberator

aMpinganjira kulemera konseku ndikuphunzira konseku basi kwa iwowo munthu ndi amene ali wa SDA basi…death is one bambo..mutengepo phunziro..mtima wodzichepetsa..

MULAMU
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The Bereaved husband in white Shirt!!!!??? No face of grief!!!!

Muslim
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Muslim

this guy is really bad. very bad. Firing all non SDA FDH workers on the pretext that they are non performers. mumudziwe Yesu akulu

Polokwane
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Polokwane

What about ‘ yesu ‘ ?
You are not a Muslim…

Mboba
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Mboba

Guys try to appreciate what others are doing for the country. I have friends and relatives who are not SDA but they are work for Mpinganira Empire, so where is this hatred coming from?

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Sad indeed MHSRIP.
So the president is a personal friend to Mpinganjira (FDH) as well as Goodall Gondwe, the man who facilitated and fast-forwarded “kupinyolitsa” of Malawi Savings Bank to FDH……..And MSB was defrauded by the likes of Mr stealer and colleagues before it was dubiously sold…….so dots can be connected………
Do we still wonder why Malawi’s economy is chronically on the sick bed?

mtete
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mtete

May her soul rest in eternal peace

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

Why is APM fond of delegating others to funerals? Kodi kumalironso amatumana? What does he fear attending funerals? Mwina poti panali pafupi & allowance inachepa paja aMalawi kukonda ma allowance ndi ku maliro komwe ngati immediate past principal of Montfort SNE College Mr Lazarus Thomu, who claimed allowance for having attended a funeral of former HoD for Montfort Centre For the Blind, his homeboy & friend Mr Khomani in Chikwawa. Shame on you!

Munthu Mulala
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Munthu Mulala

Akanamva kuti SKC akupita nawonso akanapita as he did at Chikulamayembe’s funeral.

Mbelwa 5
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Mbelwa 5

Iwe kaya chani sachapandimadzi iwe, why do you want to know the reason for deaths, so if know what are u going to do? It’s personal my friend!

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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The absence of Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba surprises me. He travelled all the way to Rumphi to cause havoc at Chikulamayembe’s funeral. He went there for votes. Ngati Bakili anabwera iyenso akanafika. I now strongly believe what Bob Marley and Steve Jobs said that money cannot save lives. We should share the little we have to help the poor send their children to school. But Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba kumatibera K145 million plus. Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba kumamanga ma flats with stolen money. We all end up dying and let’s make Malawi a better place for our children. Such high profile people deaths… Read more »

Mbewa wa Mu'mtengo
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Why not say Micheal Usi?

True Malawian
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True Malawian

May Her Soul Rest In Peace.