Veteran broadcaster-cum-politician James Chimera died on Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
Chimera, who was admitted to QECH on Friday, died from heart complications, a condition he was diagnosed with about nine years ago, according to a family member.
The deceased’s seventh-born daughter, Yvonne Chimera-Kasekera, said in an interview yesterday her father will be buried on Tuesday at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre.
Said Chimera-Kasekera: “He developed heart complications in 2005, but he has been well. On Friday, he was taken to the hospital as he was not feeling well and on Saturday he died.”
The deceased’s uncle, Wadzamisasi Kasonga, said Chimera joined Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in 1970 where he worked in different posts until 1993 when founding president the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda appointed him deputy minister of Information towards the end of the single-party State.
Chimera served in the ministerial position until 1994 when United Democratic Front (UDF) won the first post-independence multiparty general elections. He then became Malawi Congress Party (MCP) regional chairperson (South).
After quitting active politics in 2001, Chimera later became Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director of broadcasting.
Chimera, who came from Mangwalala Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Khwethemule in Thyolo, was born on May 6 1943 and is survived by six children and 15 grandchildren.