Journalist Tenthani laid to rest

Written by  Patrick Lunda

Tributes are still pouring in for Raphael Tenthani, a renowned journalist, who was laid to rest at his home village of Gabu, Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu on Monday.


Tenthani died on Saturday in a car accident near Kam’mwamba in Balaka in which his two sons and two other passengers survived.

A cross section of people including Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa, who represented His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, former President Bakili Muluzi, PPM President Mark Katsonga, MCP General Secretary Gustav Kaliwo and Publicity Secretary Dr Jessie Kabwila attended the burial.

Nankhumwa said Professor Mutharika learnt with shock the death of Tenthani and delegated him to attend the burial.

“We [government] describe Raphael Tenthani as journalist par because in his writings, action and performance in as far as journalism development in the country is concerned,” Nakhumwa said.

He said apart from his critical writings on various aspects of issues he was also media activist.

“He played a significant role when we talk about freedom of expression and freedom of the media to ensure that ethics are followed in as far as journalism is concerned,” he said.


The former head of state Muluzi said Tenthani was a dedicated journalist who did a good work in the promotion of journalism in the country.

“What I can say is that the country has lost a committed journalist who loved his job,” Muluzi said.

“When I was informed that Raphael has died I felt extremely sorry. That’s why I had to come to pay my last respects.”

Chakuchanya Harawa, a Malawian journalist BBC based in UK, who attended the burial said the deceased was a journalist of international repute.

Chakuchanya, who flew from London and arrived just before the body of Tenthani was laid to rest, said the BBC had received condolence messages from many people who had worked with him across the globe from.

“People all over the world are shocked with the death of Raphalel because he helped a lot of international journalists who came to do assignments in the country,” Chakuchanya said.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chairperson Thom Khanje said the fact that his death had been covered by both local and international media including BBC, and New York Times showed the respect he commanded.

Tenthani, died aged 43, was the second born in family of three children and is survived by wife and three children.

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