Lusaka, 15 March 2015
The Board, management and staff of Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) have learnt with great shock and sadness about the death of Mr. Edward Chitsulo, a veteran Malawian journalist who served as member of the PSAf Board of Directors from 2004 to 2012.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Chitsulo served as the chairperson of the PSAf Board of Directors, and was instrumental in supporting the development and implementation of the PSAf Strategic Plan for 2007 to 2011 and the current one for 2012 to 2016. He retired from the PSAf Board of Directors in 2012, having served his full terms.
Mr. Chitsulo’s death is a great loss not on to his family and Nation Publications Limited, but to the entire Southern Africa media fraternity. It is not possible to mention the role of the media in Malawi without highlighting the role Mr. Chitsulo and other journalists played in positioning the media as a key pillar of Malawi’s democratization.
Mr. Chitsulo had unwavering commitment to use the media as a tool for amplifying voices of the poor and marginalized to drive development. This was evident in the excellent manner in which he served the PSAf Board as a non-Executive Director, and also in his other roles in media development across Southern Africa.
Southern Africa has lost a gallant advocate for media development and freedom of expression, a man with a great passion to giving a voice to the voiceless. Many journalists and communicators in the region have lost a great colleague and mentor. PSAf has lost a great member of the family, who remained supportive of our work even after he retired from the board.
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Chitsulo’s family, to his colleagues at Nation Publications Limited, and to different stakeholders in the media and other sectors that he worked with. May God give his family, friends and colleagues comfort and hope during this difficult time.
We shall forever cherish the many good contributions and sacrifices Mr. Chitsulo made to help amplify the voices of the poor and marginalised in Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa.
May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Lilian Kiefer, PSAf Executive Director