The body of a Malawian national who was brutally murdered in Cape Town, South Africa last week was buried on Sunday in his home district of Thyolo.
Hundreds of mourners, including Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamvekha, thronged Kondwani Bill Somanje’s final resting place to pay their last respects.
During a three-hour-long service at the packed private family estate (Kambiri) near Bvumbwe Trading Centre, mourners, led by members of the women’s guild, sang hymns in tribute to the deceased’s life.
In their eulogies, politician-cum-businessperson Jerry Jana and Chifwede Hara, who spoke on behalf of the bereaved families, described Somanje’s death as disturbing.
Jana said the 30-year-old met his fate when hooligans waylaid him as he walked home and stabbed him to death.
Said Jana: “Such death is always hard to bear. The only relief is that the perpetrator, who stabbed and killed our son, was arrested and is currently in police custody and we only hope justice will follow its course.”
Somanje was murdered on May 9 2015, in Mpumuleni area in Cape Town, South Africa where he had been living for close to three years.
His remains were flown home last Saturday through Chileka Airport in Blantyre.