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David Rubadiri laid to rest

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By Mandy Pondani

FARE THEE WELL— Rubadiri (centre) during a poetry festival in Blantyre

Thousands of people from all walks of life Saturday joined family and friends to pay their last respects to legendary writer and academic Professor James David Rubadiri who died last week.

The late Rubadiri was accorded a hero’s status following a directive from government and was buried at the Mzuzu Heroes Acre.

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Rubadiri died on September 15 at Mzuzu Central Hospital after a short illness resulting from a thigh fracture.

According to family members, the celebrated novelist and poet had a medical history of high blood pressure, but, at a time of his death, he had suffered a fracture on his thigh.

Speaking during the thanksgiving requiem mass on behalf of President Peter Mutharika, Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, described Rubadiri as an icon who loved his country.

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He said the professor touched and inspired lives of many through his literary works and various offices that he served in.

Leader of Opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, said in his eulogy that the fallen professor was a star that illuminated the dark skies of Malawi and Africa as a continent during the times of political turmoil among others.

“As a nation, let us be guided by the principles of a man who was not just an icon, but a successful man. May we all become significant individuals as we follow the footsteps of Professor Rubadiri,” Chakwera said.

Born on July 19 1930, Rubadiri, originally from Likoma, is survived by a wife Getrude, 10 children, grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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