Veteran journalist Akwete Sande dies

Veteran journalist Aaron “Akwete” Sande has passed away after losing the battle to Cancer.

Akwete Sande: No more

Sande died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre on mid-morning Thursday shortly after being admitted.

“It is a very sad day for journalism,” lamented Limbani Moya, another veteran currently working in media monitoring at Macra.

Sande, 58, worked at state broadcaster MBC before turning to print journalism and media consultancies.

His most outstanding contribution to the media was as the founding publisher of Malawi Today, bi-weekly newspaper.

According to Frank Phiri, a journalist that worked with Sande in the late 1990s,  Akwete’s idea of  –Malawi Today -was inspired by the  –USA Today -newspaper.

“After going for further training in the USA and exchange programs, he looked forward to returning home to starting his own Malawi Today version, and for some years, the paper thrived and was a poster of media freedoms that were born at the fall of the one-party government via the 1993,” he said.

Sande worked briefly at the Malawi Embassies in Namibia and Zimbabwe, but returned to continue writing, joining The Daily Times, before starting a television documentary firm, Teldoc in partnership with long-time friend and former Malawi News Agency (Mana) Editor, Don Napuwa.

Prior, Sande taught in primary schools, wrote text books at Domasi College of Education and was also regular critic on MBC’s Writers Corner.

He also enjoyed writing poetry and satirical columns.

Sande will be buried on Friday, September 18, 2020 at his home, in Zomba.

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Nyerere
Nyerere
8 months ago

Are these not the people that need to be buried with military honors. Of late we have seen people buried with military honors but many do not deserve that honor

Desire Kabamba
Desire Kabamba
8 months ago

Fare you well Aaron Akwete Ligongo Sande, a long time friend ! I first met Akwete in 1972 at Chikala primary school. He was in standard 3 when I started Std 1. We clicked immediately and remained friends since. He later transferred to chikowi primary school where he was selected to masongola secondary school at first attempt! Always jovial and proud of his trade, Akwete was always available to help even the youngest and the most feeble. He contributed a lot to the construction of his home church , Luwatala CCAP where he was held in high esteem. As a… Read more »

Sumane Mustafa
8 months ago

Ok

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

He was one of editors for the Monitor paper at the dawn of multiparty here in Malawi. Clement Stambuli will at one point eulogise on this man. These were the young men who were tailing and shadowing MCP activities in the early 1990’s. While the Aford propaganda paper the Democrat was hollering for multiparty the Monitor was so many notes higher in cacophony for multiparty. He was an exciting guy who seriously took the task of unmasking the mystery behind the MCP dictatorship through use of a pen. Death isn’t an journey for the bereaved may the Almighty take the… Read more »

Richard Dzonzi
Richard Dzonzi
8 months ago
Reply to  CESSPOOL

Your name.Cesspool says it all. You chose this moment to talk about Aford propaganda via The Democrat. You obviously were pro UDF as Akwete was. In case you have forgotten all papers were pro democracy, Cesspool!

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago

MHSRIEP 🙏🏾

Mbudye
Mbudye
8 months ago

We met once in Namibia and he was very helpful to me at the embassy. Rest in peace Akweteligongo.

Revolutionary
8 months ago

Akwete Ligongo Sande’s ‘ that day Domasi agonely carried your debris, profusingly sweating…..’ will always be in our hearts as the epitome of Malawi literature, fare thee well…. You have joined your contemporaries like Sam Mpasu, the writer with a passion, Rubadiri, Hamba mhale!

Chakwera
Chakwera
8 months ago

May His Soul Rest In Peace

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