President Peter Mutharika has expressed shock and sadness over the deaths of deputy chief secretary to the government Willie Samute and Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe of Thyolo District.
Bvumbwe died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital on Tuesday while Samute died at Sunning Hill Hospital in Jihannesburg, South Africa early Thursday.
In a statement issued by State House Press Office, Mutharika said the deaths of the two sons of Malawi have robbed the country of productive citizens who selflessly gave their best to serve the country and the people under them.
The President said Bvumbwe was a dedicated young man who gave his life to serving the people and it will be hard to replace him.
On Samute, Mutharika said: “Mr Samute was a well of wisdom as he had served in the civil service for many years and was always ready to offer advice when needed. May God comfort the bereaved families during this time and may their souls rest in peace.”
Vice-President Saulos Chilima has also extended his condolences to the Samute family, civil servants and Malawians on his death.
According to Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) principal secretary (administration) Clement Chinthu-Phiri, Samute’s body is expected to arrive at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) today at 4.30pm from where it will be taken to his Area 10 residence in Lilongwe.
On Saturday, the body will be taken to his home village at Songani in Zomba for burial on Sunday, according to Chinthu-Phiri.
Born on February 18 1958, Samute is survived by a wife and three children. He joined the service on August 11 1981, serving in various capacities before rising to acting chief secretary to the government and then deputy chief secretary.