Man of the North, veteran politician and former minister in one party state, Robson Watayachanga Chirwa has died,his family has confirmed.
The former cabinet minister, who served under dictator Kamuzu Banda and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) , died at Lilongwe Private Clinic midday on Tuesday surrounded by family members.
He was born on 29 October, 1931.
The family spokesperson, Mayor Chirwa, said the veteran politician had died of hypertension.
“He died at his son’s hospital –Lilongwe Private Clinic – at Area 10. We are greatly saddened with his death because over the years, this man has been a pillar and a source of wisdom to the family,” said Chirwa.
He served in different portfolios in Kamuzu regime such Minister of Transport and Communication , Regional Minister for the North, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister Without Portfolio (Minister of State in the President’s Office) and Administrative Secretary of the MCP.
Chirwa’s highs in his long political journey includes being in charge of the country in a presidential council alongside his counterparts the late Gwanda Chakuamba, and John Tembo when Dr. Kamuzu Banda was incapacitated and admitted before being flown out to South Africa’s Garden City Clinic.
He went to school at Luwerezi and Loudon Mission (now Embangweni) and then got selected to Dedza Secondary School where he qualified for his full secondary school certificate.
He then enrolled for a teaching course and was posted to Livingstonia Mission in Rumphi where he taught at a secondary school.
Chirwa also studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.
After Malawi adopted multiparty democracy, Chirwa quite frontline politics.
Watachanga Chirwa was also one of the founders and pillars of the Mzimba Heritage Association; a grouping of all Ngoni’s under the Inkosi ya Makosi Mbelwa.
Malawi has lost a patriot who served the nation selflessly, said president and Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera in paying his tribute.
Chakwera said he was “deeply shocked” by the death of Watayachanga Chirwa.
Chires is survived by a wife, six children and grandchildren.
The family spokesperson indicated he will be buried at Yoram Chirwa Village in traditional authority Mabulabo in Mzimba at a date yet to be agreed.