Rose Chibambo’s granddaughter appeals for support

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Cecilia Kamanga, a granddaughter to Malawi’s first female minister, Rose Chibambo, has called on government to assist her grandmother who was admitted on Monday at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre due to heart attack.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Kamanga expressed dissatisfaction over her grandmother’s financial footing despite being a national hero.

She said that although her grandmother’s face is on the K200 note, it does not reflect the reality on the ground as financial problems have refused to go away in the first female cabinet minister’s life.

Rose Chibambo

Rose Chibambo; In dire need.

She went on to say that the country’s ‘iron lady’ still uses public transport which makes them struggle to organise transportation to the hospital for the woman.

Kamanga drummed up financial support to cater for medical bills since their humble financial status as she put it, cannot allow them to pay hospital bills.

Chibambo was born in 1928 and she was the country’s first female cabinet minister. She served in Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s cabinet in 1964 and she is also Malawi’s symbolic activist whose legacy motivates women in power.
The government is yet to comment on the matter but history reveals that heroes are less honoured in Malawi. The 88 year-old is the only person on Malawi notes who is still alive.

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  1. This Queen is on 200 note, the note that is in third command as far as our curruncy is concerned.What buffles me is, how come she doesnt have money.Was she displayed on the note honourally ? Pitty, if she were in America or U.K she would hv bn very rich than me who holds her face daily. What do u mean when u say Govt has no money ? what r the leaders in power doing in Gvt if it has no money ? APM says is rich, show ur kindness by sending Rose abroad 4 proper medication.what if one of the cabinet ministers gets sick, wont he or she sent abroad for proper treatment ? If Rose dies coz of her poverty, Malawians will never forgive this govt.Get well soon Buya may the gudlord heal u &make u strong again

  2. This Queen is on 200 note, the note that is in third command as far as our curruncy is concerned.What buffles me is, how come she doesnt have money.Was she displayed on the note honourally ? Pitty, if she were in America or U.K she would hv bn very rich than me who holds her face daily. What do u mean when u say Govt has no money ? what r the leaders in power doing in Gvt if it has no money ? APM says is rich, show ur kindness by sending Rose abroad 4 proper medication.what if one of the cabinet ministers gets sick, wont he or she sent abroad for proper treatment ? If Rose dies coz of her poverty, Malawians will never forgive this govt.Get well soon Buya may the gudlord heal u &make u strong again

  3. She is a hero ov dx nation u wnt or not…ask yo self y her face ix on bnk not?di gvt consder her as a hero xo di same gvt hv 2 treat her wel.hu au 2 giv yo stupid coments on dix serious issue?

  4. Boma lilindi nchito yaikulu,silingakwanise kusamalila aliyense payekhapayekha.ndi anthu angati odziwika amene akudwala padakalipano?kodi chilichonse tizingoti boma?ena ndinu achuma zedi koma abaleanu akugona ndinjala osawathandiza mukudikilanso boma liwathandize?Amalawi tiphunzile kuthandizana osamangoti chilichonse koma boma.tiyeni akufuna kwabwino tiwathandize gogowa.

  5. A Reserve bank chitani kanthu tengani ma K200 kwacha ake ase kalipireni ma bill pali nkhope yake give Ceaser wat belongs to him,give Rose wat blongs to her tengani ma snap ake (k200) ose kalipileni ma bill

  6. “I am really sorry for that, unfortunately our country (Malawi) is passing through hardship situations but all these because of what Joyce Mtila Banda did coz she is indeed adisgrace to humanity. Therefore I would advise to those who are taking care for her, to refer it again to well wisher not Government only, difinitely others might express their desire of helping her. God is able coz he never fail and he is also greater than all we seek.

  7. Akuluakulu matendamusatelonawo, chilikwanzako chapita mawachilikwaiwe. Akutumikilabe dzikotu amenewo as long as mukuyuza nkhopeyawo u understand ????

  8. maluzi acheamenewa alinazowo athangate apite ku qeens ko basi masikuanoso anthuakupta zipatara zolipira angopta ku qeens chipatara cholipira chanyuwan chija akhoza kuthandizidwa moyenera kusiyana ndikumwaiwathuko amapanga operation munthu akudwara mutu cholinga azingoba ndarama

  9. bvuto la andale mumamuikiranji pa ndalama? anapanga zimenezo ndi chitsilu. inu simumaziwa kt abale ake ndiosowa azafuna nthandizo? lero ndizimenezo ndalama imodzi nkhope mpaka 8 dats y w r poor after 50 yrs

  10. Ngati alibe ndalama amapitiranji ku mwaiwathu? Osapita ku gulupu(queens) bwanji? Alipo tu ambiri ma hero wo, ndiye iiiii kayaa,ndi cash gate yi ndalama ichoka kuti?

  11. Amalawi ndadziwa ine,,,adikila afe nde kumakatamika ndizimaspeech zitalizitali zosinzinsa anthu pamaliro as if matenda anathandizapo kanthu…

  12. Tengani ma two hundred onse tiwathandizire agogowa zisakomere dziko powaika pa ndalama ai koma nkhope yawoyo iwapulumuseso. Tikunena pano ena nkhope yawoyi mwagulira matenda ena mowa ena mwagulira airtime pomwe mwini wake akuonani simungamve chison naye?

    • Even the bible says ujazichepetsa azakukweza. Munthu ulibe ndalama why go to mwaiwathu? Akanapita chaboma then apemphe mwina kuti treatment sili bwino tsono othandiza ndiye anene kuti ai tiye naoni ku mwaiwathu.

    • For people who dont know the struggle it is easy to criticise the veterans because they were not there. It needed other people to sacrifice their lives for us to be where we are now. Some of these people give birth in prison,apart from the distegarded Martyrs. She has not begged for help,but her off-springs who are wondering why she is not aided. Musicians,atheleted and other peo0le go on radio for medical help outside the country..No negative comments come out. God has a way of revenging insults as He said “vengance is mine”

  13. Pliz pliz andale nonse kaya ndi ruling parties or opposition parties tatha ndizani pamene awawa ma freedom fighters adakali moyo osati nthawi atatisiya ndiye muzizakundika chuma kupepesa,mwinaso kuti awikidwe muwulemu zonsezo zachabe nthandizo ndi pakati pano and from all parties

  14. Why did they go to Mwayiwathu in the first place when they knew that it’s a paying institution. After all if they live in Mzuzu we have a government hospital by the name of Mzuzu Central Hospital with disciplined and qualified doctors who would have been happy to treat her with all necessary curtsey without any cost. If they live in Lilongwe we have Kamuzu Cantral Hospital where even our own Bingu went when he was found ill on that fateful day. If they live in Blantyre we also have Queens. All these government institutions have qualified medical doctors who are paid by the government and the money which beat her face. Do you think these doctors would have not been happy to treat her with all the care and dignity. You on your own wish decided to go to the private hospital because you knew you have money. After all even there at Mwayiwathu likakwana lakwana no matter how and what the hospital is. Do you think what you did was right then do it with your own money.