Tributes have poured in for veteran journalist Felix Mponda who until his death Friday was working as Online Editor for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
According to his brother Mike Mponda, Felix succumbed to Covid-19.
“He was diagnosed on Monday and will be laid to rest on Saturday [today] at Nancholi. As a family we are extremely devastated; my brother was the pillar of the family and after we lost both parents he stepped in and held us all together,” he said.
George Kasakula, Editor-in-Chief for Times Group where Mponda once worked said the Board Members, Management and Staff of the company are saddened by the death.
He said Mponda was part of the history of the company.
“Condolences to the family and the media fraternity. Mponda was a journalist at heart and he always looked out for others. In our veteran journalists Whatsapp Group, Mponda was always on the forefront reaching out to others whenever we lost one of us.
“Today he is gone and we are saddened and tears are flowing. May his soul rest in peace. We will always keep the memories we shared with him close to our hearts,” he said.
Misa Malawi joined the media fraternity in mourning Mponda, saying his contribution to the media fraternity was immense and he will be remembered for his works.
“Born on October 25, 1957, Mponda dedicated his entire life to journalism. Death has robbed Malawi media of a knowledgeable and experienced adviser and father. His passion for the media will remain in our hearts,” reads a statement signed by Misa Malawi’s Chairperson Teresa Ndanga.
One of the country’s veteran journalists Brian Ligomeka described Mponda as a fine and great journalist.
“His contributions to national media outlets like Times Group, MBC and Malawi News Agency and to international media outlets like French News Agency (AFP) speak volumes of his prolificacy. I will always remember him as a humble and skillful journalist who mentored both editors and reporters,” he said.