President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says the legacy of the former President of Malawi Congress Party John Zenus Ungapake Tembo will remain indelible in the history of the country.
President Chakwera was speaking at Dedza Stadium during a funeral programme for late Tembo.
Key speakers in their eulogies including President Dr Lazarus Chakwera agreed that JZU’s life and his contributions to the party and service to the nation leave indelible footprints.
Dr Chakwera said in all spheres of his life the former President of Malawi Congress Party demonstrated patriotism to his country and loyalty to the party.
“He led the party at a time when most founding parties in African countries were facing challenges. However John Zenus Ungapake Tembo was resolute, remained loyal and sustained the party,” said Dr Chakwera.
In his eulogy during the ceremony legislator for Dedza South Ishmael Ndaila Onani said the late Tembo was a man of high integrity a man who was true to self, government and the Malawi Congress Party to the extent that Queen Elizabeth II gave him the second highest ranking Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in 1985.
The legislator emphasised that Tembo ensured the Malawi Congress Party remained intact after the death of Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and urged President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to receive the baton of leadership and keep the values that the late Tembo believed in. Towing the same line First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Madalitso Kazombo, highlighted key aspects worth emulating from Tembo’s life.
“He was a perfectionist, a man who ensured standards are maintained in the delivery of all public projects,” said Kazombo.
On behalf of the Tembo Family, John Tembo Junior said his father believed in leading a principled life.
“He inculcated in all of us a spirit of hard work, respect for others and integrity,” said John Tembo Junior.
During his public service and through his guidance, Malawi’s Civil Service was described as the best in Southern Africa and his numerous footprints in all key sectors of the country’s economy, according to the speakers, are indelible.