Malawi veteran politician Aleke Banda died yesterday in South Africa after a long battle with lymphatic leukemia cancer for the past four years. Aleke, born September 19, 1939, died at the Morningside Clinic in Johannesburg following a stroke.
He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and since then he has been in and out of hospital in South Africa, receiving treatment. Banda, a veteran of Malawi’s struggle against colonialism as well as one-party rule, has spent more than 50 years in politics and public service. According to Aleke’s brother, Dikani, the date when the remains of the late Aleke Banda will be disposed of at home as well as funeral arrangements will be made shortly.
Meanwhile, the President of the State, Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, and the former ruler, Dr Bakili Muluzi, sent their condolences to the bereaved family. As well as being a former Chairman of the People’s Progressive Party (PPM) and central parliamentarian for Nkhata-bay, Aleke was also Chairman of Nation Publications Limited.
He was one of the first and youngest ministers in the Kamuzu Banda cabinet. During Muluzi’s time, he served as Minister of Finance, Education and Agriculture.
Many will remember Aleke Banda as one of the people who fought for democracy in the country when the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda called him a liar in several of his political campaigns against the referendum in 1993.” Aleke Banda is a lier ndi wabodza lankuniza”. He was a hero for Malawian politics and economy. May his soul rest in peace – Malawi Voice
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