Last mile: Mbendera to be laid to rest today

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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.

Maxon Mbendera

Maxon Mbendera to be buried today.

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.

He wrote:

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

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  1. anthunu plz kuxazindikila kwanuku mkovuta. mukanakhala kt ndinu olungama mukanamulangixa adakali ndimoyo.kma apa muli busy kupeleka xilango kunximu wamunthu xmemwe wamwalira xizowona mukanakhala inuyo munali iyeyo mukanakhala olungama?mulungu xakondwela ndizoyipa plv bhave!

  2. Ankaweruza anzake mmakhoti,lero nkhani yatembenuka kumufusa anzake kuti ndalama za mec zinayenda bwanji inutu mumangidwa mbendera kugwa pansi ulendo ndomwewo

  3. For the first tym in ma life kumva kuti opposition yabera mavoti boma lilipompo mpaka mkuwina.kkkkk.Malawitu ndi yakummwera asafuna asie.atumbukanu kaya atonganu inu nde adzingokupatsani zimabanzi za maudindo koma upresident nde njeeeee.akakhala uyu anathawa za ambuyeyu nde mmmm anfunse JZUT from 1994 mpka 2014 sanaununkhe ndipo ndani mmalawi opengayo anaona Bakili angavotere achewa .achewa koma gule basi

  4. Imfa ya a Maxon Mbedera yandikumbutsa imfa ya mayi Grace Chinga pomwe anthu wosiyana siyana anali kufotokoza maganizo awo pa za imfayo. A Malawi anzanga tidzizindikira kuti wobadwa kwakazi ndi wamasiku owerengeka padziko lapansi pano, munthu alingati duwa,lero liwoneka bwino mawa lifota.Tsono kutayika kwa moyo wamunthu tidzizindikira kuti imfa timayenda nayo tsiku lirilonse, sibwino kunena zachipongwe pa imfa ya nzathu, tidziwe kuti chitsiru chilichonse chimakhala ndi mwini.Tidziwenso kuti imfa zadzidzidzi zikuchitika pakati pathu ndipo zikukhudza wolemera, wosauka, wophunzira, wosaphunzira, wonenepa, woonda, amavuto komanso wopanda mavuto. Sibwino kulowetsa imfa ndi nkhani za ndale.Tidziwe kuti aliyense amene ali ndimoyo lero akuyembekeza tsiku lomwalira.Tiyeni tikonze moyo wathu kuti tsiku ngati limene la wapeza bambo Mbendera, tikathe kukomana ndi Mulungu tiri woyera mitima yathu.Nzimu wa bambo Mbendera uwuse mumtendere wosatha.

  5. Nkhani ndi Rest In Peace, ngakhale ulimbane ndikunena zonyoza apa sizikupindilira. Chifukwa iye ndiye kwake kwantha, mawa lomweli ukumuiwala suzamukumbukiranso. musiyeni kaya anabera mavoti kaya sanabere, izo ndizake ngati kumakhala mulandu akumananazo yekha komwe aliko.

  6. ये सांस भी मेरी, मेरी ना रही,
    ऐ इश्क जबसे तू है हमारी…
    दोनों हम है तलाश मे चैन के,
    खो गया हैं जो साथ मेरे यार के These are my breath, I’m not,
    AI love you, since our …
    We are both in search of peace,
    Who lost my love

  7. Sitizamuiwala anagulitsa utsogoleri kwa munthu yemwe anthu ambiri sanamuvotere,munthu odandaulidwa kwambiri amafa imfa yachipongwe,ndinaonera Bingu.

  8. now if it was today Loti Dzonzi could be among the needy students to withdraw because of the hiked fees,imagine if he couldnt manage shoes and clothes,i doubt if he had a blanket.

  9. Most people die with their name and forgotten, but nt dis guy!!! his name and works of his hands wll still remain!! may his soul rest inpeace big man!!!

  10. Ndiye kuti mbuzi inu mumaona ngati anawina ndi chakwera ndiye mbendera anawinisa DPP.unu mumaona ngati anthu akumwera ndiopusa kuvotera zopusa eti MCP mwalakwa kumupha mbendera

  11. Chipongwechomweunapanga kumwamba ukawonaso achina Batumeyo balaba,Solomon ,akakutumulaukawonaso hamba kahle ine waku bawa ndiyendikawumwa

    • ifenso buzinesi wathu anasokonekera because of mbendera imeneyi potipatsa uyu omukonda amamuti bwampiniyi. ife pana akulira kambiri kambiri. no profit antchito akungondibera …. ma albino kuchekechedwa ngati mwanapiye . ife ku indiya kunonso rip ameneyi saalemba nawo

    • Kkkk then U think chakwela cud’ve solve all these problems? he’s even failn to solve concerns of his party, how cud he solve nation matters? by the way it makes no difference whether u say RIP or not because kwake kwatha kwatsala kwa ine ndi iwe, lets pray for God’s mercy,.