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Legend is gone, media mourn Machila

Journalists in the country say departed former Executive Director for Media Council of Malawi (MCM) Vales Machila was a professional whose work will always be remembered in the media industry.

Chairperson of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) –Malawi Teresa Ndanga says Machila was a selfless journalist.

“He had vast experience in the field and every time that we would reach out to seek advice, he was always available. You talk of the time he was an editor, he was not just there as an editor but also helped to mentor upcoming journalists.” said Ndanga.

Machila was laid to rest in Lilongwe on Tuesday at the area 18 cemetery after succumbing to stroke.

Multitudes walked the veteran journalist his last mile from home to his Soul Winners Church for prayers before his body was taken away to his final home.

For the family, Machila was a loving and caring father who always sought the best for his children. His son Alex Machila attests to this.

“He was a pillar to the family; we relied on his advice; he mentored and groomed us. He is the one who made us what we are today.

“If we are not what he wanted us to be, it is not because of his weakness but our own failures and we will miss him,” he said.

He is survived by a wife, three children and 4 grandchildren.

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