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Military honours for Robson Chirwa

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Government has said the late Robson Watayachanga Chirwa, a veteran politician, will be buried with full military honours.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi, said on Wednesday that this is in view of the numerous commendable works Chirwa offered to the development of the country.

Chirwa succumbed to heart failure at Lilongwe Private Clinic on Tuesday.

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Earlier, many people from all walks of life descended on Area 49 in Lilongwe and at Area 47 church of CCAP Livingstonia Synod to pay their last respects to the man who stamped a coloured political episode in the country.

Before the remains of the veteran politician will be taken to Yoram Village in Mzimba for burial, one of the family members, Mcloud Nyirongo, said the body will lie in state in Mzuzu for more people to pay their tributes.

Nyirongo extended appreciation to government for giving Chirwa military honours for his funeral.

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“We thank the government for recognising his work as a political leader and also as a leader in the community he lived after retiring from politics. We thank President Peter Mutharika for the recognising Chirwa even in his death,” he said

Even though death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, Chirwa will be remembered for things soft and beautiful that he offered to the family, friends and the country at large.

MCP Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, said, during the church service, his party has lost a pillar and a vessel of wisdom.

Mkaka said politicians have to imitate the political life Chirwa led of integrity and loyalty to his country.

Former Speaker of Parliament, Louis Chimango, described the departure of Chirwa as a big loss not only to the family but also to those who worked with him.

“He was just a descent and very humble person. He was visionary as he looked at you as a fellow soldier and he was also a loyal and dedicated servant in government. It’s a big loss to us who have also worked with him,” he said.

Chief advisor to the president on domestic policy, Hetherwick Ntaba, said the government appreciates the role that Chirwa played in the development of the country.

Other noted persons that attended the ceremony were the second lady, Mary Chilima and former vice president Khumbo Kachali.

Meanwhile, former president Joyce Banda has extended her condolences to the bereaved family and the entire nation for the loss.

In a statement released yesterday, Banda said she knew the late Chirwa as a humble and dedicated son of Malawi when he served as a cabinet minister and Member of Parliament during the one-party era.

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