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Malawi’s first democratically elected Vice-President Justin Malewezi dies


Former Vice-President Justin Malewezi has died aged 77.

Malewezi, who was Malawi’s first Vice President in the first democratically elected government, under the presidency of Bakili Muluzi, died last night in Lilongwe after a sudden illness.

Best-known for his level-headedness and maturity, Malewezi was a career civil servant who rose through the ranks from a humble school teacher to the highest position of secretary to the president and cabinet in 1989.

Around 1992, he joined the then underground United Democratic Front-UDF pressure group, comprising Muluzi, Aleke Banda, Edward Bwanali, Dumbo Lemani and Brown Mpinganjira to oppose Kamuzu Banda’s 30-year grip on power.

He served as Muluzi’s deputy from 1994 to 2004.

Sources close to the deceased indicate that Malewezi, who donated one of his kidneys several years back, succumbed to an infection of the remaining organ having failed to fly to Germany for treatment due to Covid controls.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President and Cabinet has announced that details of funeral arrangements for late Malewezi will be announced in due course.

Currently, the Malewezi family is yet to release the funeral programme.

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