Malawi ambassador to the United Nations died Necton Mhura has died following a long battle with cancer.
Chief Secretary to government Lloyd Muhara confirmed the death in a brief media statement but provided no details as to how he died.
The deputy ambassador to the UN, Loti Dzonzi, informed the Malawi community in the New York that Mhura was admitted to a New Jersey hospital on January 30, 2018 and died today February 19, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. Eastern Standard time.
Many Malawians took to social media to express their condolences.
“Shocked and saddened to learn that Ambassador Mhura passed away,” one Malawian in New York tweeted.
Some described Mhura an “outstanding” envoy.
President Peter Mutharika was notified of Mhura’s death and is reportedly grieved .
Ambassador Mhura took his post as Malawi’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN in August 2016. Prior to this posting, he was briefly Malawi envoy to the United States in Washington D.C.
A former University of Malawi academician, Mhura once worked as Deputy Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) .