The body of one of Malawi Congress Party’s longest serving members Roseby Dinala popularly known as Mayi Dinala will be laid to rest today at Chitawira Cemetery in Blantyre.
State President Lazarus Chakwera will attend the ceremony to pay the last respect to Mayi Dinala, the State House has confirmed.
Dinala died yesterday at Blantyre Adventist Hospital after a short illness. She was aged 82.
Gerald Lobeni, from the bereaved family, described Mayi Dinala as a pillar of the family.
“We are shocked with the passing of Mayi Dinala who is our mother, grandmother and aunt, especially because we didn’t expect to lose her this time,” Lobeni said.
Dinala died two days after celebrating her 82 birthday on Saturday.
“Yesterday [Monday] she just tripped and fell down. We took her to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she was checked and discharged as doctors said they did not find any problem with her.
“Today [yesterday] she just started vomiting. We reported the matter to President Dr Lazarus Chakwera who instructed us to take her to any hospital in the country. We took her to Blantyre Adventist Hospital but she was pronounced dead upon arrival,” Lobeni said.
MCP Director of Campaign Moses Kunkuyu said the party is saddened with Dinala’s passing.
Kunkuyu said the party has learnt a lot from the life Dinala.
“The first lesson is consistency. Even after politics changed in the early 1990s, Mayi Dinala never left MCP. She was humble and above all, God-fearing. This is why even President Dr Chakwera, who is also president of the Malawi Congress, is shocked with the death of Mayi Dinala,” he said.
Dinala was born into the family of politics being a niece of one of late Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s first Cabinet ministers, Lali Lubani.
In her youthful years, in 1958, she was one of the Malawians who welcomed Banda at Chileka International Airport from the United Kingdom.
Dinala, who hailed from Mbulumbuzi in Chiradzulu, had 13 children in total but six passed away.
She is survived by seven children and grandchildren.
Meanwhile, State House has confirmed that Chakwera will attend the burial ceremony.