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Former 2002 Miss Malawi Blandina Khondowe dies at 40

Blandina no more

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Former 2002 Miss Malawi and cancer awareness advocate Blandina Khondowe died today on November 21, 2020.

According family friend, Khondowe was pronounced dead at Spring Valley Private Hospital in Area 10 in the capital Lilongwe where she was rushed to.

“On a sad note, you are notified that Mrs. Blandina Khondowe of Area 12D/91 has just passed on and the body is being taken to the mortuary. You will be advised of further details.

“She developed a brain tumor discovered in March this year and was given three months to live. But she held on and battled on beyond the said three months. Her fight against Cancer will leave on. She has left a good legacy,” says family friend confided in to The Maravi Post.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and she later won the battle against disease.

She was, however, diagnosed with cancer again in 2017.

She was one of Malawi’s well known cancer activists having found Think Pink Malawi in 2013 and Hope for Cancer Foundation in 2015 through which she raised awareness about the disease.

Khondowe who worked at the Ministry of Tourism is survived by a husband and two children.

Meanwhile, Vice President Saulos Chilima who is also UTM president has paid tribute to Khondowe who was a member of the party.

Chilima in a statement together with wife Mary Chilima has described Khondowe as a consummate Patriot and fearless and courageous fighter.

“You fought a gallant fight; in life and the hereafter, you will always be remembered,” reads part of the statement.

Born in 1980, the late Khondowe won the Miss Malawi contest in 2002.

More details of burial to come….

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