State President Arthur Peter Mutharika says he is shocked as a person and leader at the demise of Gwanda Chakuamba who he said served the country selflessly from the era of the struggle against colonialists to date.
In his statement on his official Facebook page, the President reminded Malawians why Gwanda’s name should always he held in high esteem in as far as the country’s history is concerned.
“Gwanda -as we affectionately called him- will be remembered for many generations to come as one of the brave nationalists who played a great role during the struggle for an independent Malawi in the late 50s and early 60s,” he wrote.
President Mutharika also said despite the loss, Malawians should celebrate the life of Gwanda due to his contribution to the founding and nurturing of Malawi nation.
“As a nation we must choose to celebrate his life for the many fruits his brave character bore. He will remain as one of our national legends.”
Going by his word to revere Gwanda’s contribution to the nation, the State President has ordered that he be buried with full military honors.
Gwanda breathed his last on Monday at Blantyre Advesntist Hospital (BAH) after a bout with stomach and heart complications.
Before his last stint in the Blantyre hospital, late Gwanda – 81- had just returned from another hospital trip in India where all his expenses were covered by government upon a Presidential decree.
Prior to his demise, he was the only remaining person who served in Kamuzu Banda’s cabinet during the time when a host of cabinet ministers revolted in what was termed “The Cabinet Crisis “
His last political appearance was a couple of months ago when he attended President Mutharika’s development rally at Nchalo, Chikwawa where he pledged allegiance to government and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party