Former Inspector General (IG), of Police, Mary Nangwale, who passed on Sunday morning at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital will be laid to rest in a military ceremony on Tuesday, at Katimba CCAP Cemetery in Limbe.
Elivey Chirwa, sister to the late Nangwale told The Daily Times that Nangwale passed on after a long battle with kidney failure.
“She may have had the problem for four years because it started when she was in UK [where she was serving at the Malawi Embassy),” she said.
In 2005 Nangwale, became the first and so far the only woman to serve as the IG of Malawi Police but when Parliament rejected her appointment, she proceeded to serve as the First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Malawi Embassy in UK.
Her remains will be taken from College of Medicine to Chirwa’s residence in Kanjedza.
And Chirwa said her family has lost a pillar in Nangwale. She said the family will miss her love, kindness and constructive advice.
“We will miss her love, kindness and constructive advice she always gave us. When she was sick, it was bad enough but now it’s worse,” he said.
And Ekam Siula, Nangwale’s cousin, said Nangwale was the IG of Police to the nation but to them she was a mother, grandmother, cousin, sister and many more.
“Wherever Mary was, she was laughing. She was laughing with elders and children alike. When we visited her at the hospital, it was her who was making us laugh,” he said.
IG of Police, Lexten Kachama said Nangwale was not a stranger to anyone in the country because of her illustrious career of over 30 years in the service rising from the rank of Constable to Inspector General.
He said police officers in the country learnt a lot from Nangwale’s dedicated service.
“She was a tender-hearted and very professional officer. We learnt a lot from her vast experience and expertise while she was in the service and even after she left. ” he said.
Kachama said police service and the entire nation have lost immeasurably with the passing of Nangwale.
Nangwale was born on March 27, 1953 and is survived by two children and four grandchildren.
She hailed from Siula Village, Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba.
When she retired from police service, Nangwale became a pastor of the Living Waters Church.
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