Dearth has been announced of a renowned politician Martin Matchipisa Munthali.

Mutharika died on Monday at Rumphi District Hospital at the age of 89.

Machipisa Mutharika was nicknamed “Nelson Mandela of Malawi” as he was regarded as malawi’s longest-serving political prisoner during the rain of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Muthali spent twenty-seven years in prison for his work toward multi-party democracy.

Muthali was among the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) bigwigs who struggle for independence from Great Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s.

He served as a bodyguard to Dr Banda before independence, but went into opposition after the “Cabinet Crisis” of 1964 in which Dr Banda, then Prime Minister, expelled dissenting ministers from the Cabinet.

In 1965 Machipisa Munthali was arrested, charged and found guilty of illegal possession of arms.

However, after he had served his prison sentence, in the early 1970s, he was not released but was detained under the Public Security Regulations.

Muthali was released on 11th June in 1992 after spending 27 years in Prison.

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