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Lazarus Chakwera, African Union mourn ambassador Charles Msosa

PAYING LAST RESPECTS—Chakwera (left) and First Lady Monica

Charles Mwansambo

President Lazarus Chakwera and First Lady Monica Chakwera Monday paid tribute to Charles Msosa, who until his death was Malawi’s ambassador to Ethiopia.

Msosa died on April 25 2022 at Nordic Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Chakwera appointed the retired and career civil servant to the diplomatic mission in October last year.

In her eulogy on behalf of Chakwera, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Nancy Tembo said the President was saddened by the loss of a person who demonstrated commitment and integrity throughout his work.

“He was a hard working ambassador and a civil servant of integrity. The President is saddened with his death,” she said.

Chakwera has since asked Malawians, especially civil servants, to learn from Msosa and encouraged members of the bereaved family to trust God for comfort.

Apart from Chakwera, people who attended the service spoke highly of Msosa, citing his professionalism, integrity and dedication to God’s service.

Kaning’a Church of Central Africa Presbyterian resident cleric, Reverend Bizwick Nkhoma, described Msosa as a humble, selfless hardworking man who dedicated his life to God.

“We need people with integrity to serve the nation; people that are selfless but are servants of God. This is what he demonstrated,” he said.

African Union Representative David Pierre said the union appreciated Msosa’s contribution to the continent of Africa.

“He was not only defending his country on various issues but was also promoting the values of all Malawians. In addition, he also contributed to the realisation of objectives of the Agenda 2063, which is the blueprint for the transformation of our mother land Africa into the global house,” he said.

Msosa clan representative Charles Mwansambo said the ambassador’s demise had left a huge gap in the family as he was one of its pillars.

“We find solace in the fact that, while he closed his eyes on earth, he has now opened them everlasting in heaven,” he said

The association of retired principal secretaries, through its representative Dye Mawindo, also mourned Msosa, describing him as a diplomat par excellence.

Msosa first joined the civil service in 1983 and retired in 2019 after serving in various positions. He was then appointed to the diplomatic mission in Ethiopia.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

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