Lazarus Chakwera leads Malawians in mourning tycoon Khondowe
President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday led thousands of Malawians in mourning renowned business tycoon Mathews Eliazere Khondowe, who died of diabetes on Tuesday.
The funeral ceremony took place at Lingadzi CCAP Church of Nkhoma Synod in Lilongwe and was attended by, among other personalities, State Vice President Saulos Chilima, former Chief Justice Richard Banda, former Speaker of Parliament Louis Chimango and members of the clergy.
In his eulogy, Chakwera said he would remember Khondowe as a leader who contributed to the growth of this country.
“We should emulate what the late Khondowe did in developing the country. He was the true definition of a business leader. The country has lost not only a very important person but a humble person too,” Chakwera said.
He observed that Khondowe was a leader who was effective and impactful in every way and a man full of wisdom; an intellect who facilitated community and national growth through meaningful work in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the family, one of Khondowe’s grandchildren, Moza Zeleza, described the mogul as a loving and hardworking person who was the pillar of the family.
Zeleza said Khondowe encouraged his children and grandchildren to be self-reliant.
“We are celebrating a man of integrity; a dedicate person, mentor and a business guru of all time.
“If Malawi had many people like my grandfather, the country could have developed [easily]. One of the best things he did is help build churches in the country,” Zeleza said.
Business magnate Napoleon Dzombe described Khondowe as a man of integrity.
“It is sad that, in our circle, I am the only person remaining. However, I celebrate the life of my mentor and one of the most important persons in the country,” Dzombe said.
Khondowe was the first black Malawian to build a magnificent structure, Kang’ombe House, in the heart of Lilongwe’s City Centre.
He also had other well-known investments such as the then Kalikuti Hotel and six estates including Kainsa.
Khondowe was born on April 27 1932 and died on April 18 2023 aged 90.
According to family sources, Khondowe succumbed to diabetes.
Khondowe will be laid to rest in Mkotamo Village, Dowa District, Friday.