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Bakili Muluzi’s daughter killed by lightning

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Former president Bakili Muluzi’s firstborn daughter, Esmie Malisita, and her best friend, Hazel Busile, died on Monday after being struck by lightning at Chadzunda in Blantyre.

Spokesperson for the Muluzi family, Tailosi Bakili, confirmed the deaths in an interview, saying the two were at a garden supervising application of fertiliser at the time of the incident.

Bakili said Malisita, 47, will be buried on Friday at her home village Kapoloma in Machinga District.

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“The body will be taken from the College of Medicine Mortuary to her home at New Naperi, where a vigil is being held, on Wednesday at 2pm. On Thursday the remains will be taken to Kapoloma Village in Machinga for burial on Friday,” Bakili said.

An eyewitness told The Daily Times yesterday that Malisita had paid her casual workers and was just chatting with them when the thunderbolt struck, making everyone unconscious.

“The other women regained consciousness but the two were rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival,” said the source.

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Malisita was sister to Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Atupele Muluzi, and is survived by a husband and three children.

She was also one of the directors of Joy Media Group.

Relations of Busile were not readily available as we went to press to provide burial details of the deceased.

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