Thousands mourn Prof Rubadiri

Mzuzu: People from all walks of life Saturday gathered at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Mzuzu to pay their last respect to the late Professor James David Rubadiri who died last week on September 15.

Speaking before the Mass, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodall Gondwe who represented President Peter Mutharika said the country has lost a hero who contributed significantly to the development of education in the country.

The late Rubadiri is well known in academic circles. He was a renowned academician, poet and diplomat. He produced reputable literary works during his life time that are still being read by many students.

Many people have excelled in their education endevours attributable to Rubadiri’s contribution, Gondwe said.

He added that the President was particularly saddened because he was taught by Rubadiri from 1957 to 1958.

I was also at the same school and he also taught me. He taught us English and what was called Political History was Political Philosophy, Gondwe said.

He added that apart from academic attributes, Rubadiri was a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the colonial government.

Gondwe explained that when Rubadiri was Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), he contributed a lot in the development of the university in terms of coming up with strategic plans.

Rubadiri has left a legacy that needs to be emulated, said the Malawi’s Finance Minister.

In 1964, the late Rubadiri served as Malawi’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) and the United Nations (UN). He lectured at several universities in Africa.

Born on July 19, 1930 Rubadiri was originally from Likoma District but later settled in Mzuzu.

He died on September 15, 2018 at Mzuzu Central Hospital after a short illness and is survived by a wife, eight children and 19 grandchildren.

His son, Reverend Kwame Rubadiri, said in a sermon that his father always wanted his children to accomplish anything.

He always challenged us to reach for the very best of our potential, he said.

The requiem mass was led by Right Reverend Dr Fanuel Magangani, the Diocesan Bishop.

Rubadiri’s body was buried Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Heroes Acre at Wedi in Mzuzu close to M1 Road to Lilongwe where late Rose Chibambo was buried.

Other officials to the funeral ceremony were Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera, Minister of Transport and Public Works Japi Mhango, UNIMA and Malawi Writers Union representatives and religious leaders.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA