Thousands mourn Malawi’s veteran politician, first aircraft owner : Masauli laid to rest

After an inspiring and sparkling life of 67 years, Friday, September 7, 2012 finally closed the chapter for one of Malawi’s heroic sons, Captain Stanley Edingtone Masauli.

The businessman and politician died around 3.00am at Malamulo Seventh Day Hospital in Makwasa, Thyolo district after complaining about abdominal pains.

And on Sunday, September 9, 2012, thousands of people from all walks of life converged at Gomani Village, T/A Mulumbe in Zomba to pay their last respects to a man who will significantly be remembered for his contribution to the country’s development.

Masauli: Laid to rest

Eulogies

In their eulogies, Malawians of all bearings described the late Masauli as a great patriot who served his country without complaining of the lows and highs the land.

“Malawi has lost a great nationalist,” said veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba who worked with the late for many years.

“Stanley Masauli was an accomplished statesman who had this country at heart who always wanted to serve it… and needed a befitting burial.”

Fact-file

The late Masauli started politics with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) before he joined Chakuwamba to form the Republic Party (RP) where he was its leader until the time of his death.

Apart from politics, Malawians will well remember the veteran politician and businessman for being the first black Malawian to own an Aircraft in the country.

Late Masauli became Malawi’s first black certified Flight Instructor/Examiner and went on to own six flights during his experience in the aviation sector.

Born on 8th August 1945, because of his obsession with planes he wrote his auto-biography book titled “My Life and My Aero planes.”

He went on to call one of his children Cessna (now reportedly Mrs Chitseko. He is also survived by a wife and two other children- Nicole, a popular DJ and radio presenter with Capital FM 102.5 FM and Stanley Jnr.

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