Politician Harry Chiume, who died on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), after suffering blood circulation failure will be buried at HHI cemetery in Blantyre, his family has said.
Chiume died a few months after he controversially dissolved his National Unity Party (NUP), and joined forces with the Alliance for Democracy (Aford).
His brother Wallace described Chiume as a loving man who was very supportive of the family. “It is tragic.”
Aford has expressed shock and grief at the death, saying he was a man of valour when duty called him.
“It was an honour to call him colleague. Some of us were even privileged to call him brother or friend,” said Aford publicist Dan Msowoya in a statement.
Nation Publications Limited (NPL) managing editor Edward Chitsulo, who has worked with Chiume, said the deceased was among those who fought for the country’s multi-party democracy in the early 90s as one of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) pioneer leaders.
Said Chitsulo, veteran journalist and managing editor of NPL: “Most journalists always camped at his house, then near Wenela in Blantyre, on the latest developments about Chakufwa Chihana, also the first champion, who openly challenged Kamuzu Banda’s rule.”