By Moses Masiye
President of Malawi’s National Salvation Front (NASAF) James Nyondo has died at the age of 47, his family has confirmed.
Nyondo’s brother Fiskani confirmed the development saying the politician and trained lawyer died of lung cancer.
“He died Friday night at a South African hospital and burial arrangements are yet to be announced” said the brother.
He is survived by a wife and three children.
James Mbowe Nyondo a Malawian lawyer, development worker, and presidential candidate was born on 14 May 1968 in Chitipa, Malawi.
Nyondo submitted his nomination papers on 4 February 2009 to run as an independent candidate in Malawi’s 19 May 2009 presidential and parliamentary elections.
He said to have sponsored over 120 independent parliamentary candidates by paying their MK 100,000 ($700 USD) nomination fee.
He was the only independent candidate in the 2009 presidential election and campaigned on the need for a new generation of leadership, a smaller cabinet, an end to the personal extravagance of the then and previous governments, and an end to regional and tribal discrimination in the national government
Nyondo attended Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi, where he reversed his outspoken opposition to Christianity. He subsequently moved to South Africa where he completed a degree in law. He later got a Business degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In 2006, Nyondo completed his studies in the US and moved back to Malawi to launch an effort he called Servants of the Nation with the goal of mentoring local leaders to address the problems of their own people.
He also tried his presidential bid in last year’s tripartite election, in which president Arthur Peter Muntharika emerged winner.
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