The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has said that Senior Chief Mkumbira of Nkhata Bay, who died on Wednesday, will be laid to rest tomorrow at his Mkumbira Headquarters.
The ministry’s spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho said in an interview that the Senior Chief, who was born Victor Phiri, collapsed at his house and was pronounced dead on arrival at Nkhata Bay District Hospital.
One of the leaders of the Mdauku wa Atonga (Mwato), the Reverend Maxwell Mezuwa-Banda, said the grouping is devastated with the death of Mkumbira, who was also chairperson of the chiefs council in the district.
He said: “We have received news of his death with great shock. His death is sudden and Nkhata Bay has lost a pillar of wisdom. As chairperson of the chiefs council, he was very influential and helped a lot in the formation of Mdauku wa Atonga.
“It will take us time to recover. We are still in infancy stage with Mdauku and losing a leader like him is devastating,” he said.
Mkumbira was also one of few chiefs who spoke his mind on controversial issues and took a leading role in ending child marriages which are rampant in the district.
The departed chief was born on January 12 1959 and was installed Senior Chief Mkumbira in 2013. He is survived by four children and three grandchildren.