Thousands of Malawians from all walks of life yesterday gathered at Yolamu Village in Traditional Authority Mabilabo to see off the late Robson Chirwa, a former Cabinet minister during Kamuzu Banda’s era, to his final resting place.
Chirwa’s remains were lowered into the grave at exactly 2:36 pm against the background of music by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Brass Band.
Among those that attended the funeral were Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila who represented President Peter Mutharika, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, former official hostess Cecilia Kadzamira and her sister Mary Kadzamira, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali, Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V and Mzuzu City mayor William Mkandawire.
Chirwa, who was buried with military honours, was hailed by all the speakers at the ceremony for being humble, dedicated, peaceful, development-oriented, prayerful and a good advisor.
Kasaila said Chirwa was instrumental in the transition from one party State to multiparty democracy.
“Without him, it was possible for Banda to have continued ruling. He is someone who worked for the good of others,” said Kasaila.
Chakwera said the country has lost a true leader. He said Chirwa was a source of good advice and MCP will greatly miss him.
On his part, Kachali said Chirwa helped him to act wisely in time of problems.
Chirwa died in Lilongw on Tuesday, April 18, aged 86.