BLANTYRE (Maravi Post)—Long serving Malawian politician Gwandaguluwe “Gwanda” Chakuamba Phiri died Monday after battling kidney problems at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.
Born 4 April 1934, Chakuamba hailed from the lower Shire Valley area in southern Malawi.
Chakuamba served in various cabinet positions under founding President Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Bakili Muluzi and briefly under Bingu wa Mutharika.
Recently he was sent to India for treatment by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika where he had successful operation.
From the country’s independence in 1964 until 1980, Chakuamba was a key figure within the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which was the sole legal political party. During the rule of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, he held many cabinet positions and was Commander of the MCP youth group Malawi Young Pioneers.
In February 1980, Chakuamba was ‘charged’ with sedition and given a 22-year prison sentence.
Chakuamba was released from jail in July 1993, a month after voters endorsed a return to multiparty politics in a referendum.
Chakuamba will be mourned and remembered for decades of service to the nation in various capacities.