Zodiak to broadcast live Mpasu’s funeral with full military honours

As a way of appreciating the crucial role that late Sam Mpasu played in the country, one of the leading private electronic media organization, Zodiak Broadcasting Services will broadcast the funeral  live on radio today.

9 Sam Mpasu: To be laid to rest Sunday

The late Mpasu who was found dead at his home in Blantyre on Thursday 15th of February will be laid to rest at Khuzi village, in Inkosi Makwangwala’s area in Ntcheu on Sunday 18 February, 2018.

Speaking in an interview Zodiak’s Managing Director Gospel Kazako said Mpasu was one of the strongest political pillars in the country whose contributions in the political landscape will forever be remembered.

Kazako said Mpasu was a flexible person who contributed positively on burning issues concerning the country.

“Our society has pillars; he was one of the senior pillars whose contribution cannot be underestimated. He was also reliable a national institutional memory celebrity software who assisted us as a media house to make meaning of various national issues that required people who knew history and insights,” said Kazako.

According to Kazako, Mpasu’s remains can’t therefore go silently without the nation following the event.He therefore asked all Malawians to tune in to Zodiak and follow the ceremony in detail.

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika has directed that the body of late Mpasu be laid to rest with full military honors.

According to the government Spokesperson, the decision has been arrived at following the outstanding contribution Mpasu made to the country.

The late Mpasu served in several ministerial positions and also served as Speaker of the National Assembly.

Former president Bakili Muluzi said Mpasu was a brave politician who represented “courage” and “determination” .

He said when he appointed Mpasu in his first Cabinet after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, he remembers him as a dedicated minister’.

“Mpasu was one of the strong politicians who liked to express his opinions without fear. Perhaps it was this strength of character of not showing fear that landed him in trouble with Dr. [Kamuzu] Banda [Malawi’s founding president],” he joked.

“As education minister, Mpasu worked hard to make sure that free primary school education succeeded despite numerous challenges at the onset,” added Muluzi.

Born in 1945, Mpasu was detained at Mikuyu Prison without trial from January 22 1975 to January 10 1977. In 1991 he joined UDF which at the time was an underground organisation, and fought Banda’s dictatorship. He was appointed to the National Referendum Committee.

In 1994, when UDF became the first democratically elected government in the country, Mpasu was elected member of Parliament for Ntcheu Central.

He has served as minister of Education, Science and Technology (1994-95), minister of Health and Population (1995-1996), minister of Information (1997-1999) and minister of Commerce and Industry (2003-2004).

In 2008, he was convicted of corruption over Fieldyork International text book scam of 1994 and sentenced to six years imprisonment. He was released in August 2010 for good conduct.

He joined the New Labour Party in 2012 and became president of the party after Friday Jumbe resigned

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