The body of the late Bright Mangulama, who until his death from a cardiac arrest on Monday evening was commissioner of the Public Service Reforms Commission, is expected to be laid to rest tomorrow at his home village, M’boola, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo in Chiradzulu District.
Mangulama, a career civil servant who worked in the public service for 40 years, was pronounced dead at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital after collapsing at his Green Corner residence in Blantyre.
Dora Banda, one of the deceased’s daughters, said yesterday the body of her father will depart the family home at Green Corner for his final resting place in Chiradzulu this afternoon.
In a statement issued through his office, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who chairs the Public Service Reforms Commission, yesterday expressed shock at the death of Mangulama who he described as a valuable asset to the country and the commission.
Born Bright Shadrick Mollen Mangulama on June 16 1947, the deceased is survived by a wife, eight daughters and seven grandchildren.
He did his secondary education at St. Patricks in Mzedi, Chiradzulu and studied public administration at Mpemba Training School and the University of Malawi in 1971.
Mangulama joined the civil service in 1971 and served in various administrative and managerial capacities before his retirement in 2012 while serving as director of the Office of the Directorate of Public Procurement (ODPP).
Mangulama was also chairperson of the board of trustees for Mulhako wa Alhomwe.