The body of Ulemu Teputepu, a widely known South African based Malawian journalist who died some days ago, is yet to be taken back home as his relatives cannot afford transportation costs, Malawi Punch can reveal.
According to the deceased family, they need about MK1 million to meet burial costs, but they are unable to raise funds.
“We just need that money. His body is still at the mortuary at Tswane Hospital as we run around looking for funds. We are really down and beg for well-wishers to help us,” explained Ulemu’s siter Martha Teputepu.
However, our quick investigations established that the journalist closely worked with pastor Hastings Salanje, promoting his church and PR stunts through both local and international media. It is not known why the rich pastor has not stepped in to help the poor family with atleast one car to sell and find money to transport the body of the journal.
Salanje was not available for immediate comment as we went to press.
Late Ulemu joined the media industry in 2003 and worked for Capital FM Radio before going to South Africa in 2011 for further studies and has been working as a correspondent for Times Live, Nyasatimes, Malawi24 and Maravi Post.
Born on December 23, 1981 at Kamuzu Central Hospital in the capital Lilongwe, Ulemu is survived by two children.