Politicians of all political persuasions on Friday joined hands for the funeral of the late James Nyondo, the former president of the National Salvation Front (Nasaf), who was laid to rest at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.
Nyondo died on 17 July in South Africa where he was due for cancer treatment.
Speaking at a church service at Area 47 Church of Christ, Lester Chikoya, secretary general of Nasaf, described Nyondo as visionary individual whose ideas have even been adopted and implemented by government, citing the ‘Malata’ Subsidy Programme which government is implementing as an example of such concepts.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, described Nyondo as a selfless man who did not take his defeat in the 2014 presidential pores as a hindrance to working with government.
He said that he never hesitated to give counsel to government whenever the need arose.
Said Nankhumwa: “After losing in the 2014 presidential elections, the late James Mbowe Nyondo never chose to work antagonistically with government; rather, he chose to provide advice to government so much so that he even held a number of meetings with President Peter Mutharika to discuss issues of national development.”
Nyondo’s grief stricken wife, Lusani, described him as a friend, husband and Christian leader of his family.
Also present during the funeral were Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, former vice president Khumbo Kachali, United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi, leader of opposition in Parliament and president of Malawi Congress Party Lazarus Chakwera, former parliamentarian Loveness Gondw