Malawi President wrote glowingly about Maxon Mbendera, MEC’s deceased Chairperson who died untimely from a heart attack while attending a meeting. Maxon Mbendera declared Peter Mutharika winner of the May 2014 Malawi elections despite protestations from losing candidates former President Joyce Banda and MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera.
Mutharika wrote the following after hearing of the passing of a man he will always be linked to in history,
Today, I have learnt with shock the untimely death of Justice Maxon Mbendera who, until his death, was a Supreme Court Judge and Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission. Malawi has lost a true patriot.
Mbendera stood for truth and justice in whatever he did. We all particularly remember him and how he fought for truth in the most trying 2014 General Elections among other roles he served our country in.
As a nation, we will remember Justice Mbendera with fond memories for many generations to come.
Our hearts, Gertrude and I, are with his family in thoughts and prayer.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!!
Meantime the body of Justice Maxon Mbendera who died on Thursday, will be laid to rest on Saturday at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre.
The late Mbendera’s cousin Hastings Thembakako confirmed that before the burial ceremony, the remains will be taken from Lilongwe on Friday to his home at Sunnyside in Commercial City Blantyre.
Mbendera who until his death was also a Supreme Court of Appeal Judge was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Lilongwe Private Clinic after he had collapsed during a meeting with the Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa in the capital Lilongwe.
According to hospital sources disclosed that Mbendera was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by first aiders House Hotel and taken to the hospital, but he died while doctors attempted to save his life.
Born on November 4, 1958, Mbendera was amongst distinguished lawyers conferred the honour of Senior Council.
Mbendera will be remembered as a man who broke down in tears as he presided over the announcement of presidential results in 2014.
The late MEC chairperson once confessed that he had an emotional attack after realising that he was about to make a declaration that would spark wild celebrations for the winning party when one family elsewhere was mourning.
He was referring to the man who died in Mangochi during electoral protests earlier in the day. Mbendera said he was afraid that the violence in Mangochi would escalate nationally.