Sad news: Sam Mpasu is no more

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Death has been announced of veteran politician and former speaker, Sam Mpasu.

A Facebook post by United Democratic Front (UDF) Ken Ndanga has announced that Mpasu passed on this morning at his home.

Ndanga has posted:

Mpasu: No more

Sam Mpasu (born 1945) was a Malawian politician, author, and former diplomat. He served as Minister of Commerce, Secretary General of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1999, and speaker of the Malawi National Assembly.

He served as a diplomat in the foreign service for the Malawi mission to Germany. While in diplomatic service in Germany, he wrote a book in 1975 entitled Nobody’s Friend, which got him arrested because the Kamuzu Banda regime thought that it was written about Kamuzu Banda. He was detained without trial for “two years, one month, one week, and one day” in Mikuyu Prison from 1975 to 1977.

From 1978 Mpasu worked at Lever Brothers (now Unilever) in various capacities until 1988 when he was seconded to run the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI).

In 1991, while working for Xerographics, he joined a secret group headed by ex Secretary General of the, Malawi Congress Party turned businessman Bakili Muluzi whose aim was to build up opposition to Banda.

The United Democratic Front was voted into government in 1994.
Mpasu was elected Member of Parliament for Ntcheu Central, appointed Minister of Education and Government Chief Whip in Parliament.

He later served as Minister of Commerce and Speaker of the Malawi House of Assembly. His appointment as Minister of Commerce met with a lot of resistance since he was the Speaker of the House at that time. The court attempted to block President Bakili Muluzi from posting him to this position. Mpasu later accepted it.

In 2008 a Malawian court sentenced him to a six-year prison sentence over charges of corruption and abuse of office which was famously know as the Field Yark Scandle dating back 14 years. He was released from jail in 2010 instead of 2014 due to good behaviour.

After the 2014.election he became present of the New Labour party where he became a, lone voice replacing Friday Jumbe, a former cabinet colleague who resigned from active politics.

Shocked to be told about his death this morning.

He died in his house in Blantyre.

 

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  1. i remember that time i visted you at your house in area43 .you welcomery received me as we are adgement you were such a good man.may your soul rest in piece .Amen

  2. Akandiimbira phone amadzandipatsa moni wamchingoni ndikayankha mophwanyaphwanya amaseka then amandikonza akuseka kenako amadzandifunsa amvere muli free ine ndikati eya amadzati dzamtengeni ine Mpasu ine mtima kuwawa. Only God knows

  3. God created him on dis earth 4 a reason&time has come4 god to take him back.so let’s accept it!!! .may his soul rest in peace,but we’ll miss his knowledge, so sad!!!!!!!

  4. My MP my father my uncle. Sad indeed but his development will be living. Madzanje and Nachitheme Secondary Schools are some of his works. Nobody can not afford to beat him even if he has died unless if another MP can do more development than him. As Ntcheu Central people we are cerebrating your life. We will remember you our former MP. The incumbent MP take example of our former MP Sam mwana wa Mpasu of development issues dont just stay phwiii , we want more developments.

  5. My MP my father my uncle. Sad indeed but his development will be living. Madzanje and Nachitheme Secondary Schools are some of his works. Nobody can not afford to beat him even if he has died unless if another MP can do more development than him. As Ntcheu Central people we are cerebrating your life. We will remember you our former MP.

  6. Southern Africa has lots of tears’ the same da, Morgan Shangri has gone, samu mpaso, gone and President Zuma eliminated on his seat why

    • Munthawi yachisoni sibwino kumaganiziranso wina zoipa Goodall Gondwe wakulakwirani chain?) Wakufa sadziwika pakati pa iwe ndi a minister’wo basi paliponse ndale? Watani kodi?

  7. What has happened? Missed him only for two or so on Capital FM Radio and Radio Islam. RIP Sam, am deeply saddened.

  8. What has happened? Missed him only for two or so on Capital FM Radio and Radio Islam. RIP Sam, am deeply saddened.

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