Veteran journalist Frank Gondwe laid to rest


The body of veteran journalist, Frank Gondwe, was yesterday laid to rest at Stella Maris Cemetery in Blantyre.

Gondwe died on Tuesday after a long battle with diabetes.

It was a melancholic atmosphere as hundreds of people flocked to the cemetery to bid farewell to a man they revered and formally called “The old Man”.


Former workmates, friends and family had no other words for Gondwe other than recalling the positive influence he has had on their lives.

Macdonald Chapalapata, who worked with Gondwe at Times Group, described the fallen journalist as professional, competent and a humble editor who easily interacted with old and young people alike.

“I was shocked to hear of his death. He was a competent editor, a great person and I learnt a lot from him. He knew his work and the English language well,” he said.


The late Gondwe was a pillar to the media fraternity as he was to his family.

Dan Gondwe a brother to the late Gondwe, said the family has lost a role model and a source of inspiration.

“This is great loss to our family. We all looked up to him for inspiration. As a family, we will greatly miss him,” he said.

Until his retirement last year, Gondwe worked as a Proof Reader for Times Group. Before that, he once served as a Sub Editor for The Daily Times.

He joined Times Media Group on September 9, 1980, retired on June 30, 2000 and then rejoined the group on August, 23 2006.

He hailed from Chiwale Nchenachena Village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District.

Gondwe, who was born on May, 21, 1945, is survived by a wife and two children.

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