By Jameson Chauluka:
President Peter Mutharika has directed that former Cabinet minister and Reserve Bank of Malawi governor, Matthews Chikaonda, should be buried with military honours.
A statement from the office of the President and Cabinet, which Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara signed on November 13, says Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu will represent Mutharika at the funeral ceremony which will take place on a date to be announced.
“Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has directed that the late Professor Matthews Chikaonda be buried with military honours as a former Cabinet minister,” reads part of the statement.
Chikaonda, who also served as Press Corporation Limited Plc group chief executive officer, died on November 6 at Loma Linda University Medical Centre in the United States after a two-year battle with cancer.
Chikaonda’s body was scheduled to arrive today but one of the organisers, Charles Chuka, said Wednesday they have revised the programme after meeting a “technical hitch”.
Since Chikaonda passed on, tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the country.
Former president Bakili Muluzi, who appointed Chikaonda as Cabinet minister, said the economist has died at a time his expertise was needed to help improve the economy of the country.
Economics Association of Malawi President, Chikumbutso Kalilombe, said, gauging by the number of key positions Chikaonda held, it is clear that he “significantly” contributed to the development of the country.
Chikaonda died surrounded by his wife Violet and children Alipao, Matthew and Alinane.
He was born in August 1954 and was a distinguished financial economist with a Doctor of Philosophy degree specialising in Finance from the University of Massachusetts.
He came from Mtakataka in Dedza District
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