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Dr George Nga Mtafu, a former politician who served in various cabinet portfolios under former President Bakili Muluzi and Malawi’s longest-serving neuro-surgeon died yesterday after being involved in a road accident at Chatha Trading Centre on Chileka road.

Both police and government spokesperson confirmed the death which was a result of a head collision of his car and a truck at 12:20pm.

“As government, we are very saddened with the death of Dr Nga Mtafu. We have lost an accomplished neuro-surgeon who has served in this region for many years.

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“The death has been very untimely, we will live to remember Dr Mtafu due to his humour, his expertise, all of them will be missed,” said Jappie Mhango, government spokesperson.

Mhango said Mtafu, who was once the only Meurologist in the country,, was referred to Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre for treatment where he later died in the afternoon.

He said government will announce the burial arrangements after consulting the family members about the date and place.

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Southern Region Police deputy spokesperson Wisdom Nhlane said Mtafu had a head-on collision with a vehicle heading to collect a dead body at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

People’s Party (PP) Secretary General Ibrahim Matola described Mtafu’s death as shocking.

“It is a sad moment to learn about the death of Dr Mtafu. We in PP did recognise his expertise, hence his deployment into the Ministry of Heath during our administration. May his soul rest in peace,” Matola explained.

United Democratic Front Publicity Secretary Ken Ndanga said the party was yet to meet and release a statement about the Ntafu’s demise.

Mtafu has served in different cabinet portfolios under former President Bakili Muluzi’s regime. Some portfolios included: Health, Education and Foreign Affairs. Besides that, he was also a Member of Parliament for Likoma Constituency until 2009 and has served in different positions of in the UDF.

He came in to the limelight in 2012 after snubbing UDF convention in Blantyre alleging that all positions were already filled in advance. He was a critic of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration

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