Veteran MBC broadcaster James Chipofya dies, 64: Makuluni no more

Veteran broadcaster James Chipofya has died at the age of 64 and another death has been announced of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Regional Administrator Responsible for Radio, James Makuluni.

Makuluni, a veteran broadcaster with years of experience died at Kamuzu Central Hospital having collapsed at the office after coming from lunch, according to Malawi News Agency.

Chipofya, died on Friday at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.

A family relation said he had succumbed to a three year battle with prostate cancer.

Chipofya served MBC in various capacity and retired as Controller of News in 2010.

Chipofya was one of this country's greatest and most respected broadcasters.
Chipofya was one of this country’s greatest and most respected broadcasters.

Tributes have been paid to the veteran broadcaster.

MBC director general Benson Tembo expressed sadness with the death of Chipofya, saying he was one of this country’s greatest and most respected broadcasters.

“Our thoughts are with his wife and family and friends at this difficult time.”

London-based Malawian economist Watipaso Mkandawire posting on Facebook: “My sincere condolences to all the Chipofya family. James was a friend, a parent figure and a brother. RIP”.

Former MBC boss Bright Malopa said he was “sad” with the death of Chipofya.

Editorial director of Nyasa Times, Thom Chiumia, also paid his tribute:” Sad to hear James Chipofya has died. I learnt a lot from the straight-talking true gentleman. He was professional.

“My deepest condolences go out to his family at this sad time.”

Meanwhile, Chipofya’s son Louis said the broadcaster will be buried on Sunday at Ruviri, Mwadandambi Village TA Chikulamayembe in Rumphi.

Chipofya is survived by a wife, five children and eight grandchildren.

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