20 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:34 AM
Last mile: Mbendera to be laid to rest today
The remains of Justice Maxon Mbendera who was until his death Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will be laid to rest today at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre.
Mbendera who also served as Supreme Court of Appeal Judge died on Thursday shortly after admission at Lilongwe Private Clinic.
He was rushed to the clinic after collapsing during a meeting at the Auditor General’s Office at City Centre in the capital city.
Mbendera was appointed Mec Chairperson on October 10 2012 and his four year term was due to end on October 9 2016.
During his term, Mbendera who held an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Malawi and an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law presided over the country’s first ever tripartite elections in 2014 and two sets of by-elections thereafter.
Mbendera, who had over 35 years’ experience as a lawyer, was born on November 4, 1958. He hailed from Kampala village, Traditional Authority Chakhumbira in Ntcheu district.
He Mbendera has left behind a wife and four children.
Meanwhile, President Arthur Peter Mutharika, First lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika and many other Malawians have paid tribute to Mbendera.
Former Inspector General of Police Loti Dzonzi has shared a moving testimony of the gentle nature of the late Mbendera.
In a moving Facebook post which has gone viral, Dzonzi recollected meeting Mbendera at Chancellor College where they were both students.
Dzonzi revealed that Mbendera assisted him with some clothes when he needed them.
I arrived on Chirunga Campus in October 1980 wearing patapata, with a single pair of trousers and one shirt. A final year law student spotted my lack. One Wedneday evening as we came out of a SCOM meeting he invited me to his room. We walked down to Dunduzu Hall. Once in his room he opened his wardrobe and invited me to pick two pairs of trousers, three shirts and a jacket. That law student was Maxon Mbendera.
A few months later he walked into Cafeteria A with his girlfriend Ida Ndovi, they got their food and found a table. They walked to the taps, whilst washing their hands another student approached Maxon and hit him real hard on the face. The whole cafeteria went silent and waited to see how the whole saga would unfold. How would a SCOM chairman who has been embarrassed in front of his girlfriend and in the presence of over a hundred student witnesses respond. Maxon simply said God bless you. He walked back to his table and continued to eat and chat with his girlfriend like nothing happened.
A few days later somebody knocked on the door of his room he opened and saw the student who hit him, he invited him into the room. Once inside the guy told Maxon that until that moment in the cafeteria he hated his Jesus and he hated Maxon too but now had realize that Maxon was not fake, HE WANTED TO KNOW HIS JESUS.
My path next crossed Maxon’s path during one of the critical moments in the history of our country in 2014.This is a story I reserve for my grandchildren.
HAMBA KAHLE MAX. As you used to say “Boy oh boy” Sizobona emafini