RE: [ujeni] Chihana is dead
- I always thought (and still do), that all government official s should send
their kids to local schools, only go to local hospitals, and only ride local
This way, they would have a vested interest in developing the country.
Pipe dream, I know...but......
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From: "Scott Geibel" <scott@...>
Subject: [ujeni] Chihana is dead
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 13:46:02 +0300
I just ran across this by accident in the NY Times. My most endearing memory
of Chihana will be from accompanying Ambassador Chavez when they had a
at the Chombe Hotel. We stayed for lunch, but Chihana served me and two
other PCVs at a small table to the side... the "kids table" if you will.
June 15, 2006
Chakufwa Chihana, 67, Malawi Politician, Is Dead
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
BLANTYRE, Malawi, June 14 (Agence France-Presse) ? Malawi's leading
campaigner, Chakufwa Chihana, died Monday in South Africa. He was 67.
Mr. Chihana died in a hospital "after an abortive surgery to remove a brain
tumor," said his son Enoch. Mr. Chihana was an archrival of the nation's
founder, Kamuzu Banda. A former trade union leader and human rights
Mr. Chihana vehemently opposed Mr. Banda's three-decade dictatorial rule
of the southern African nation. In the 1970's, Mr. Chihana was detained
for six years without trial.
He led the country's first underground political movement, which, with
support, pressed Mr. Banda to call for a referendum on political pluralism.
That culminated in the first multiparty elections, in 1994.
Mr. Banda's iron-fisted rule was characterized by human rights abuses.
to some estimates, up to 100,000 Malawians were forced into exile during
Mr. Chihana served as second vice president under Mr. Banda's successor,
Bakili Muluzi, and his death was mourned by the current president, Bingu
wa Mutharika, in an official statement. He was to receive a state funeral.