Ministry of Information Principal Secretary Ernest Kantchentche was laid to rest Monday after succumbing to Covid-19.
Government spokesperson Gospel Kazako said Kantchentche battled with the disease at home “The President [Lazarus Chakwera] is very devastated; he is speechless. He encouraged all of us to be safe but he is equally devastated,” Kazako said.
He described Kantchentche as a hard-working and reliable civil servant.
Kantchentche passed on after renowned journalist Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma succumbed to the disease 48 hours earlier.
Kantchentche died Monday morning at his home, where he was self-isolating after battling with the disease for about two weeks.
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