Malawi President Peter Mutharika has expressed sadness at the death of a veteran unionist and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) leader Francis Antonio who died on December 31 in the capital Lilongwe.
Late Antonio was once general secretary of Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU).
In a condolence message through presidential advisor on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) Mabvuto Bamusi, Mutharika recognised Antonio as a constructive CSO leader who championed the promotion of workers’ rights.
Mutharika further urged CSO leaders to emulate the good example of Antonio who he said was patriotic.
The Malawi leader also contributed a sum of K100,000 to the deceased family to help in funeral arrangements.
58 year-old Antonio died in Kawale township after a long illness and was laid to rest in his home district, Nsanje.