MISA Malawi has expressed “deep sadness” with the untimely and shocking death of Nation Publications Limited (NPL) photojournalist James Chimpweya, who passed on in the wee hours of Sunday, November 29, 2020.
A statement signed by MISA Chairperson Teresa Ndanga said Chimpweya collapsed in Chikwawa on Saturday, November 28 and was admitted at Chikwawa District Hospital where he died.
He was in the Lower Shire covering an event by Living Waters Church (LWC) Radio where he was also a patron of an initiative helping less privileged children.
Chimpweya was a fountain of photojournalism knowledge and experience in the media fraternity and will be remembered as a dedicated photojournalist. He was a fatherly figure to most practitioners.
A long-time MISA Malawi member, he joined NPL in January 1999 after some years with Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL).
With a media career of over 20 years, he has told thousands of stories in pictures and words.
His passion for the sector and MISA Malawi work will always be in our hearts.
Chimpweya was born on October 5, 1957.
Burial for James Chimpweya will take place at Thabwa in Chikwawa district on December 1 and vigil will be at his residence in Ndirande (Safarawo).
The funeral service will be at Kachere C.C.A.P in Ndirande from 1:30 pm on November 30.