Rose Lomathinda Chibambo (born 8 September 1928) has died in Malawi. Rose Chibambo organised Malawian women in their political fight against the British as a political force to be reckoned with alongside their menfolk in the push for independence.
She was imprisoned in 1959, while pregnant with her 5th child, along with other Malawians whom the Federal government felt were a threat to British rule. She gave birth while imprisoned and was not released till a year later. After Malawi gained independence, Rose Chibambo was the first woman minister in the new cabinet. When she fell out with Dr. Hastings Banda she was forced into exile for thirty years, returning after the restoration of democracy
Kamuzu Chibambo, president of the People’s Transformation Party (Petra) and Rose Chibambo’s nephew confirmed her passing in a phone call on Tuesday morning.
She was also a high ranking politician in the inaugural black led government around Independence in the early 60s. She was the Deputy Minister for Hospitals, Prisons and Social Welfare and was later to fall out of favour with Kamuzu Banda and was thrown in jail in 1959, a day before she gave birth to her fifth born son, Gadi.
Chibambo was christened as a Political Veteran by the Livimgstonia Synod in 2006 and recocognised by the Mzimba Heritage Association in 2008 and in 2009 late President Bingu wa Mutharika bestowed upon her the Grand Achiever of the Malawi Order of Achievement accolade – Mutharika, also named a street in Mzuzu after her viz “Rose Chibambo Crescent”.
Chibambo studied Adult and General Education in Britain and had six children Roy, Royce, Malibase, Khataza, Gadi and Phumile.