GONE but not forgotten were the words many people echoed at the tombstone unveiling of renowned Times Group columnist and BBC correspondent Ralphael Tenthani, at Agabu village Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu yesterday.
Tenthani who was well known for his hard-hitting and in-depth social-political analysis through his column Muckracking on Sunday, published in The Sunday Times, died at the age of 43 in a car accident on May 16, 2015.
A brother to Ralphael, Kizito Tenthani, said the scores of people who attended the tombstone unveiling ceremony symbolise how much his brother was loved and appreciated by people.
“This ceremony comes as a celebration of Ralph’s life. We are happy to see people coming to celebrate with us. We are sad he is not around to be with us, but again we are reminded that we had a man of his caliber among us. The works of his hands still speak for him,” he said.
Times Group Editorin-Chief George Kasakula described Tenthani as one of the best journalists the country has ever had.
“We pride in the fact that at Times Group we gave him a platform to voice out his mind. He was a good writer, he was fearless. The gap he left is so big, people always made sure to buy The Sunday Times just to read what Tenthani wrote following whatever transpired during the week,” he said.
Golden Matonga of Nation Publications, said Tenthani played a huge role in his career.
“Ralph was a very interesting character to interact with. He helped a lot of us in this profession. Ralph was writing [about] issues as they were and he could not mince any words when he was articulating issues concerning the country,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of all political parties, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo said Tenthani will forever be remembered as an advisor to government and the opposition.
“We on the receiving end always wondered what he would write about. He was fearless and we miss his great advice. His work should be every journalist’s dream,” he said.
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