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Why Kashoti mourns Dr. Ntafu


Man of the moment on FB, Dickson Kashoti has said that he would remmebr the late Dr. George Nga Ntafu as the most forgiving politician he has come across in his journalistic career.

Here is experts from Kashoti:

“George Nga Ntafu, the late, has been mourned by many on fb and elsewhere. Tributes and eulogies have been delivered from State President Peter Mutharika to an ordinary person.

This shows how great Dr. Ntafu was in this world. I would like to mourn him as well, the person I covered as a journalist during his swearing in ceremony as the first Education minister in 1994 in the historic multiparty cabinet of Bakili Muluzi to the infamous agalu inu statement which made beautiful phone ringtones.

However, I have an embarrassing story to share. He had saved a lot of lives in his career as a medical doctor but he had also saved me from embarrassment, litigation and possible sucking from work for my recklessness and sheer stupidity of course.

Dr. Ntafu was a forgiving person. The story like is; Ntafu never took a Bible to swear whenever he was taking oath of office either as an MP or cabinet minister. He simply held his hand up. So in one of these swearing in ceremonies, I was there and he did the same. I asked a senior State House official then why Ntafu never held a Bible or Koran as was the case with others.

The official simply said Ntafu was an atheist. After the function, Ntafu disappeared in the corridors of Kamuzu Palace and I was racing against deadline so I simply said, Ntafu, who is believed to be an atheist, never held a Bible or Koran.. He never called although my phone number was conspicuously displayed in my newspaper. Weeks after the publication, we bumped into each other at parliament. He never yelled at me but said he was Seventh Day Adventist and his church outlaws holding of the Bible when taking an oath.

I apologized to him and suggested we carry an apology in the paper. He flatly refused and said my apology was enough. If he was other politicians, he could have rushed to the courts to demand millions in damages probably that would have cost my job. He never did that. We became friends since and phoned me often to tip me on stories. I too mourn Ntafu. RIP”.

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