Former Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (PS) Mbuya Isaac Munlo died yesterday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
Munlo, who also served as Malawi High Commissioner to India and Malawi Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union died at around 7am, a few hours after being referred to QECH from Mwaiwathu Private Hospital where he had been admitted to last week.
According to Munlo’s niece Jacqueline Kapachika, his body was taken from QECH around 11am to his home village Liphutu along the Robert Mugabe Highway (Midima Road) in Traditional Authority Mkalo in Chiradzulu for burial same day.
She said: “We are very disheartened with the sadden death of our uncle who was the pillar of the family. His death comes just two months after losing his sister and we are very disturbed.
“We will greatly miss him because he was a source of our knowledge.”
Born on March 12 1956, Munlo went to Malire Primary School, before being selected to St Patrick’s Secondary School in Chiradzulu.
He later went to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, then Bunda College of Agriculture, before joining Ministry of Agriculture after graduating.
He later worked for several international organisations, including the European Union before returning to the civil service as an ambassador in Ethiopia and later India.
He was recalled by former president Peter Mutharika in 2016 to be director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Later, he was promoted to PS post and retired in 2018.
Munlo is survived by a wife and five children.