A Lilongwe based businessman cum politician, Simon Kalanzi-Mbewe who died on Tuesday after a long battle with lung cancer will be buried today (Friday 29th April) at his home village in Mayani, Traditional Authority (T/A) Tambala in Dedza district.
As first reported by Malawi Punch, Kalanzi-Mbewe died at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) on Tuesday evening, and according to his elder son, Patience, his father complained of stomachache and was later diagnosed of lung cancer at KCH recently.
“While receiving treatment at the hospital, my father could not make it and succumbed to the disease. It’s with great sadness that he has died,” said the grief stricken son.
Kalanzi-Mbewe joined politics at the dawn of multi-party democracy. He once served as deputy regional governor for United Democratic Front (UDF) before joining Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), during late Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika era, where he held the same position.
In 2012 joined People’s Party (PP) as a National Campaign Director before defecting to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) last year. It is reported that at the time of his death, he was about to re-joined DPP and was yet to be re-introduced to the party members at a political rally scheduled for Lilongwe this weekend.
Born on September 29th, 1959, Kalanzi-Mbewe is survived by a wife and four children.