By Leo Mkhuwala
Blantyre Press Club Mourns Fallen Veteran Journalist Akim Kaingana
A grouping of journalists from the southern part of Malawi, Blantyre Press Club (BPC) has described the deceased journalist, Akim Kaingana as “the humble journalist” who was ready to give counsel and guidance to young and upcoming journalists in the country.
In a letter released on Saturday, BPC President, Blessings Kanache said the late Kaingana was a reporter whose reporting inspired hope to the hopeless and courage to the weak hence a giant whose reports touched the lives of many.
“The Blantyre Press Club regrets the loss of such a selfless reporter,” read the letter in part.
Kanache was also among thousands of mourners who, on Saturday, had escorted the remains of the departed journalist to his final resting place in Chilaweni at Daniel Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre district.
Among the notable in attendance at funeral was the newly elected Minister of Information, Mark Botomani and the Principal Secretary (PS) in the ministry, Esmy Kainja.
The late Kaingana who worked as a journalist for several media institutions had joined Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC) as assistant reporter on November 1, 2004 and has died after serving at the institution for 15 years on the position of senior reporter and editor.
While at MBC, he worked at Blantyre main studios before transferring to Mangochi and thereafter, Lilongwe area 4 studios where he answered God’s final call.
The journalist, who was asthmatic, had breathed his last at his house on Friday morning, when he suddenly collapsed while preparing for work. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
A Catholic by faith, the late Kaingana died at the age of 49.
He is survived by a wife and 3 children.
May the Soul of the late Akim Kaingana Rest in Peace.