Hundreds of Malawians from all walks of life on Friday escorted renowned neurosurgeon and retired politician George nga Mtafu on his last mile at his farm in Ntonda Village in Blantyre, where he was laid to rest.
In an interview after Mtafu’s burial, former president Bakili Muluzi who attended the ceremony, said he will miss Mtafu greatly because apart from being his personal doctor, he was also a family friend and a man who showed courage in the fight for multiparty democracy.
Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said President Peter Mutharika is still shocked at Mtafu’s death because of his experience in politics and government when he was minister.
Retired politician Patrick Mbewe said it is high time government started recognising people who have had influence in the country, saying elsewhere Mtafu would have been accorded a State funeral.
Before being taken to Ntonda for burial, Mtafu’s body was taken to Sunnyside Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church where president of SDA in Malawi Pastor Frackson Kuyama led the service.
Other notable people at the ceremony were former vice-president Khumbo Kachali, former Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda, First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V, People’s Party (PP) vice-president (Central) Uladi Mussa, former Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga Phiri and Petra president Kamuzu Chibambo.
Mtafu died at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre on Tuesday after sustaining injuries when his vehicle collided with a lorry on Chileka Road in Blantyre.
Born on Likoma Island on September 27 1943, Mtafu was trained as a neurosurgeon in Germany and returned home in the 1980s and was based at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
As a politician, he served in several Cabinet portfolios during the UDF administration.