Rt. Hon. Chilima with his spouse Mary Chilima lay their wreath in respect of the late Mary Vito Mtuwana Kamoto in Chiradzulu-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

By Linda Likomwa

The body of Mary Vitu Mtuwana Kamoto grandmother to spouse of the country’s Vice President Dr Saulosi Chilima was on Monday laid to rest at her home Village Makunami, in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Likoswe in Chiradzulu District.

Speaking when she was making a eulogy to her grandmother, Madam Mary Chilima said she idolized her grandmother as she is the one who instilled in her the need to be independent at all the times as she lived a hard working spirit through out her life.

“We were all inspired and wanted to be like herlooking at her hard working spirit and the things she used to bring usafter her constant travels outside the country for other official duties,” she said.

Madam Chilima added that the family would remember her because of her prayerful life in leading others to know God, helping the less privileged and where she said Kamoto was supporting 70 children in her village with school uniforms.

A family representative, Lawrence Kaipa said the late Kamoto who was a teacher by profession started her career in 1958 and worked as a District Home Economics Officer in Mwanza and Chiradzulu districts before retiring after working for 40 years.

He asked parents to emulate her example of educating their children to be independent saying that Kamoto managed to send all her six children to school with her little resources.

Mary Vitu Mtuwana Kamoto was born on August 24, 1936 and has died at the age of 84, leaving behind three children, 15 grandchildren and 13 great grand children.

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