Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera who is also the President of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in a statement says is deeply concerned over the demise of his predecessor in the party, Rt Hon. Tembo and described him as a pillar in the history of Malawian politics.
“The First Lady and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Rt. Hon. Dr. John Zenus Ungapake Tembo, a pillar in the history of Malawian politics,” reads the statement in part.
Chakwera said Tembo possessed extensive cabinet experience, contributing to the nation over six decades. This included his groundbreaking positions as Malawi’s inaugural Finance Minister and as the Governor of the Reserve Bank. The president also notes Tembo’s significant parliamentary service from 1961 to 2014, during which he played a crucial role in establishing and overseeing many successful national institutions.
Chakwera further highlighted Tembo’s unwavering dedication to the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and his pivotal role in facilitating an important democratic transition within the party in 2013. This momentous event, he believes, will forever be remembered in the nation’s political history.
“He stood as a pillar of strength during challenging times, ensuring that the MCP remained a formidable force, even in the face of adversity,” reads the statement.
The statement further recounts that his wisdom transcended generations and his unwavering passion for the nation and that his legacy is one of resilience, dedication and unparalleled knowledge.
“We will, therefore, remember Rt. Hon. Dr. John Tembo not only as a political stalwart but also as a source of inspiration and a repository of knowledge, ” President Chakwera says.
Tembo died earlier Wednesday following a diabetic attack. In a statement, soon after the sad news, Chakwera says Tembo was a pillar in the history of Malawi Politics.