Long-serving opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya died yesterday after a short illness.
The party’s deputy secretary general Einsenhower Mkaka confirmed the passing on of the veteran party stalwart in an interview, saying Chidaya died at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
Mkaka said the party was shocked and saddened at the death of one of its longest serving officials. He added that Chidaya died at the hospital after being diagonised with kidney failure, and he described his illness as short.
“It is a sad day for the whole party. He was a dedicated member and he will be missed solely by the party.
“Chidaya died yesterday. Although he has been having health problems, due to his dedication [to the party] he was still attending duties,” said Mkaka.
As administration secretary, Chidaya, who rose to the position during the reign of former MCP president John Tembo, was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the party.
According to Mkaka, as of yesterday tentative funeral programme indicated Chidaya, who hailed from Nkhoma in Lilongwe, will be buried on tomorrow at Area 18 cemetry in the capital city.