Vice President, Saulos Klaus Chilima on Friday joined Malawians in mourning former General Manager for the state run Petroleum Control Commission (PCC), Dennis Spax Kambalame.
Kambalame died on December 20 after succumbing to high blood pressure and was laid to rest Friday at Catholic Institute (CI) Cemetery in Blantyre.
Speaking at the funeral ceremony in Nyambadwe, Blantyre, Chilima described the late Kambalame as a gentleman whose life portrayed everything to learn from in this world.
“I came to know the late Kambalame in the 1980s and we became friends although he was older than me. His commitment to the Catholic Church was unmatched and one lesson which all of us should learn from him is that adversity must bring us closer to God,” said Chilima.
The Vice President added that despite other challenges, the late Kambalame was a joyful man and a source of inspiration to many in various works he did in his entire life.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Kambalame’s daughter, Daisy said the family has lost a pillar.
She described her father as a man who cherished family time saying he will always be remembered for his supportive and fighting spirit.
She said: “He wasn’t bothered with what was going on in his life. He always found time for his family. He made sure that all children and relatives are educated.”
Daisy, therefore, hailed different people for the support they rendered to the family upon hearing the death of their father.
Kambalame, who was born on May 28, 1948, is survived by a wife, four children and six grandchildren.
During his prime, apart from serving at PCC, Kambalame also worked under different capacities in companies such as Stage Coach and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARCC).