Former Netball Association of Malawi President Rosy Chinunda passed on at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe Sunday.
“On a sad note, Nam would like to inform you of passing of our mother Rosy Chinunda,” Nam General Secretary Carol Bapu issued a statement Sunday.
Her first-born child, Royans Chinunda, said Chinunda’s remains would be buried today at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.
“She had malaria and then developed pneumonia. She was admitted to Partners in Hope before being referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital,” he said.
Malawi National Netball Team Assistant Coach Whyte Mulilima said Chinunda’s death had shocked the netball fraternity.
“She was a great leader who counselled and encouraged players and officials. We have lost a mother who was still advising us even when she left Nam presidency,” she said.
Other netball figures including Nam Technical Director Samuel Kanyenda and former Queens skipper Emmie Waya-Chongwe mourned Chinunda.
“She knew what she was doing and was a mother to all of us. During her reign, she was inclusive and could accommodate everyone for the good of the game. I will miss her as a top administrator and good person,” she said.
The former Civonets chairperson did not seek re-election when Nam went to polls in 2017 and she officially handed over the badge to Khungekile Matiya.
Chinunda was born on February 9 1953 and is survived by four children. She came from Chakachadza Village, T/A Kachere, in Dedza.
She was last year appointed Malawi National Council of Sports board member.