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Late Anthony Phanga

President Lazarus Chakwera Monday condoled with the family of the late Anthony Phanga, Malawi Institute of Journalism (Mij) Executive Director, who died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital Monday morning.

State House Press Secretary Anthony Kasunda said Chakwera usually stops wherever there is a funeral to mourn with the bereaved.

“As a Malawian, whenever the President is travelling he does not just pass by where there is funeral. He stops and mourns with the bereaved family. He also did the same recently in Mangochi,” Kasunda said.

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Phanga’s brother Chikayiko said they have lost a pillar in their family.

“We are all children in the Phanga family and he was the firstborn child and time and again we called on him for support and guidance,” he said.

Mij Radio Station Manager Roselyn Mankhambera said Phanga will greatly be missed by the institution.

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Malawi Institute of Southern Africa Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga described the death of Phanga as a huge loss to the media fraternity.

“This is a really sad development. Mr Phanga was central to steering MIJ to the success we see from outside. Under his leadership, we have witnessed the training of a new crop of journalists as well as a thriving radio station,” Ndanga said.

Frank Phiri who worked with Phanga during his Times Group days, between 2001 and 2005, said he learned a lot from Phanga.

“He was a great professional in his area of expertise as a finance person. He helped to open my eyes and I believe eyes of many other business journalists at Times Group that time,” Phiri said.

Phanga joined Mij in 2010 as Finance and Administration Manager before he rose to the position of Executive Director.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

Born on July 14, 1972, the late Phanga will be laid to rest at his home in Salima Wednesday.

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