One of Malawi’s senior journalists, Ackim Kayingana, has died.
Kayingana died on Friday morning when he suddenly collapsed following an asthma attack as he prepared for work.
According to information from the family, Kayingana was rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where he was pronounced dead a few moments later.
He was a senior journalist at state-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) since 2004; and, before that, he worked with several other news outlets.
Head of News at MBC, Vincent Khonyongwa, said the Corporation was devastated by Kayingana’s demise.
He said: “Kayingana was a hard worker, and an asset to MBC for his various roles. He will be greatly remembered for his humility and his personality of always being down-to-earth.”
Veteran journalist Fredrick Ndala described Kayingana as a true friend.
“Ackim you’ve just made a change of address: I will locate you one day. Fare thee well my friend,” wrote Ndala on Facebook.
Nyasa Times journalist, Duncan Mlanjira, posted that “journalism has lost an expert and heavens have gained an Angel.”
According to Khonyongwa, Kayingana hailed from Daniel Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Machinjiri in Blantyre.
“Once the family furnishes us with information on the funeral arrangements we will update the nation. But I am inclined to think that burial might take place here in Blantyre,” said Khonyongwa.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :