Malawi veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba no more

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Gwanda Chakuamba

Gwanda Chakuamba : No more.

Veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba has died, Malawi24 has learnt.

Last week, we reported that Chakuamba had gone ill at the Blantyre Adventist Hospital for stomach pains.

He has died at the same hospital.

He had been nursing heart problems before.

Since his jovial and vocal political career dating way to the middle 1980s , Chakuamba has been a bonafide and controversial member of ‘big’ political parties like the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) , United Democratic Front (UDF) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and was recently affiliated to former governing Peoples Party (PP) prior to the May 20 Tripartite elections.

He was born on 4 April 1934.

During the rule of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, he held many cabinet positions and was Commander of the MCP youth group Malawi Young Pioneers. Known for his temperamental nature, Chakuamba was a fearless opponent of John Tembo. One account has it Tembo and Chakuamba squared up for a fist fight at Nasawa MYP Training Base where Dr. Banda was within minutes of arriving to inaugurate the 1976 Youth Week Rally. In February 1980, Chakuamba was ‘charged’, on the behest of Tembo and Kadzamira, with sedition and given a 22-year prison sentence.

Chakuamba was released from jail in July 1993, a month after voters endorsed a return to multiparty politics in a referendum. On his release, he joined the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) but soon returned to the MCP and became secretary-general of the party. In February 1994, the MCP announced that Banda was to be the party’s presidential candidate in the forthcoming general election; Chakuamba was the vice-presidential candidate.

In Malawi’s first multiparty elections, held on 17 May 1994, Bakili Muluzi and his UDF party defeated Banda and the MCP. Banda retired from politics in August 1994 and Chakuamba succeeded to the party leadership.

In February 1999, an electoral alliance between the MCP and the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) was announced in preparation for upcoming elections that would take place in May. Gwanda Chakuamba was chosen as the coalition’s presidential candidate while AFORD leader Chakufwa Chihana was selected as the vice-presidential candidate.

The move created serious divisions within the MCP because Chakuamba didn’t select his political rival and fellow party member John Tembo to be his running mate. Thousands of Tembo’s supporters were reported to have mounted protests to demand Chakuamba’s resignation.

 

 

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  1. May his soul rest in peace, a good reader who always fight of poor malawians who where denid they freedom, l well always remember u.

  2. A MW 24 machende mbeee!! mukamalemba nkhani ngati zimenezi.ndinkona wina akangochoka mumaona kuchedwa kuti afe nde mumangoyambapo kufalisa kuti wafa.apa nde kuntumbo kwanu kwayela mwapeza chochita

  3. Ma fredom fighter.dziko lino kt tizipeza mwai oba ndrama m’boma adasawa mphanje ndi amenewa.kumangidwa zaka zambiri ali m’ndende kamba kofuna kt ufulu ubwele.nde ufulu wabweladi wina relo watsakamuka ngati njoka kugwela pam’pando akufuna kt azikhala ngati ali ndi history kudziko lino komwe kuli kuwalakwira amalawi. WALOWA ADA AGWANDA M’ZIMU WAWO UUSE MUTENDELE PEPANI

  4. Wina kudwala manja kufa Wina ulendo we will continue to remember you tata for that passion you demostrated while you was in mcp. And without Satan you could have had died as a president .Tata you have finished the race well
    And it’s up to us to contemplate all good deeds in history.

    Rest in God’s glory

  5. A chair anati Mdalayu anakwapula mafumu 19 ku Nzuzu,pa 17 September1973,Kodi mafumuwo analakwanji?pano mwagundika A e i o u,kubisa zomwe anachita kalezo.Inu andalenu inuuu!!kayaaaa!!

  6. God loved him so much by permitting him such a long life. i hope our government will accord him highly dignified funeral service. May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

  7. I Plead That Our Journalists Keep All That Is Historically Important For Moments Like This!!! Gwanda Briefly Acted As Head Of State In Malawi As Chairman Of A 3 Man Committee Which Also Included John Tembo And Robson Chirwa, When Kamuzu Was Hospitalised In South Africa For Brain Surgery!!! On This Score, Gwanda Deserves A State Funeral!!! I Plead With APM Not To Belittle Gwanda’s Contribution!!! Enlighten Our President On This Important Detail As I Value Your Judgement!!!

  8. TALUZA MUNTHU WAMKULU,NGWANDA WAS A FREEDOM FIGHTER .DEMOCRANCY MUKUYISEWELETSA LELOYI ANAMENYELA NDIMALEMUWA. May so rest peace.

  9. Ndizoonadi m’kuluyu amadwaladi ndikakumbukila m’ma week apitawa amalawi 24 anazanenaponso kuti akuluwa akudwala salibwino,nde lero tikamamva zamalilo ayi ndithu matenda tinamva.basi ine ndikungoti mzimu wawo uwuse mutendele,mulungu awakhululukile pa zochimwa zawo agwanda chakuwamba ambuya( MAY HIS SOUL REST INPEACE)

  10. U don’t wasn’t suppose to say like that @ Ulemu Chigoma ,if God was keep him alive in this world no one can say no,,though anakalamba,ndangodutsa ine,may his Saul Rest In Peace

  11. Paja nthawi ina yake analamula amvekere “mukamupedza mulomwe mudzimumenya akakufunsani kuti bwanji munene kuti ndakutumani ndine.” tikudziwa kuti amanena zochedza… Rest iin Peace.

  12. Oh No How Despair Heart We’re
    How Malawi Will Have Days On Without U
    U Were One Of Kind.
    Fun 2b To B Around,4 U have Answered Grave’s Call Withaut Fear,
    Unanswered Question Remain In Our Flooding Tears R.I.P. Dad…

  13. May his soul rest in peace,
    Makawuzako a Banda wo kuti chipani chija chinatha.
    Anthu akumidzi anagulitsa muti alimitsire m munda.

  14. “ine ndati aaa kani munthui ndi mfaka-mfaka eti….?” one of his old good day at a certain political rally with Dr Bakiri Muluzi

    HE ALSO ONCE SERVED AS:

    1. Regional Minister for the South

    2. Minister of Young and Culture

    3. Commander of the Malawi Young Pioneers

    4. Secretary General of the Malawi Congress Party [MCP]

    5. Chairman of the Presidential Council when Dr Kamuzu Banda was hospitalised at Garden City Clinic

    HE WAS A TRUE SON OF MALAWI

    MAY ONLY GOD COMFORT HIS SOUL ETERNALLY

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