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Thousands bid farewell to Bernard Zingano

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Thousands of Malawians Wednesday bade farewell to one of the country’s finest architects, Bernard Zingano, who died of cancer on Monday.

Among those that escorted Zingano to his final resting place in Lilongwe were former board chairperson of Times Group, Francis Perekamoyo and members of the Architectural Association of Malawi (MIA) and Minister of Transport Jacob Hara.

Several other officials laid their wreaths in his honour.

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In his eulogy, Perekamoyo said he will remember Zingano as a leader who contributed to the growth of the Times Group.

“I knew him since we were young. He was a man of integrity and a man who trained many architects among other fields and most of all, he was the brainchild of Times Radio and Television. It is sad that we have lost one of the most important persons in the country,” Perekamoyo said.

Speaking on behalf of President Lazarus Chakwera, Hara said the country has lost a very important person.

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“Malawi has lost a man with integrity and it will be difficult to fill his gap,” Hara said.

Nephew to the late Zingano, Lyford Gideon, described his late uncle as a loving and hardworking person who was a pillar to the family.

Speaking on behalf of the Architecture Association, Marriam Kapyepye said Zingano was a father and a teacher.

“He was a leader who was effective and impactful in every way. Every conversation with him, brief or long, was always laced with wisdom, intellect and wit. He had an amazing way of facilitating one’s growth through meaningful and intentional conversations. We have lost a humble man,” Kapyepye said.

A representative of Lingadzi CCAP church, Professor Sam Phiri said the church has lost a dedicated member with a spirit of giving who also supervised many church projects.

Born on October 13, 1947, Zingano is survived by a wife and three children.

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