Thousands of Malawians on Friday paid their last respects to veteran politician and academician late Harry Chiume who passed away on Sunday.
Chiume, who died at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), after suffering blood circulation failure was laid to rest today [Saturday] at HHI cemetary in Blantyre.
There was a huge presence of dignitaries who came to mourn Chiume, including Home Affairs Minister Uladi Mussa who represented the Malawi president. Other ministers present at the burial were Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara, deputy Minister for Economic Planning and Development Khwauli Msiska and Foreign Affairs Minister Ephraim Chiume.
Other notable faces included People’s Transformation Party (Petra) president Kamuzu Chibambo, Ziliro Chibambo, Anthony Kamanga, Justice Elton Singini, Justice Anaclet Chipeta and Justice Edward Twea.
Speaking at the burial ceremony, Clapperton Mayuni, executive director for Malawi Bible Society (MBS) described late Chiume—who from the 1984 to 1986 was the executive of the MBS—as “a man who enticed the youth in scripture distribution and a man of vision”.
Chiume was also described as a man who dedicated his life to the word of God.
Before his demise, Chiume served as vice chairman of the House of the Lords of Enlightenment Christian Gathering Church International.
As a politician, Chiume made many political friends as evidenced by the heavy presence of various political party officials notably from Peoples Party (PP), Aford and the United Democratic Front (UDF).