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Veteran broadcaster, gospel musician and educationist Sweeney Chimkango has died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Blantyre.

Sweeney Chimkango: No more Sweeney Chimkango: No more

Chimkango was Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) Acting Controller of Programmes, TV side.

In an interview, MBC Director General George Kasakula described Chimkango’s death as a great loss to the institution.

“It’s a day full of sadness. We have lost a very decent and ever jovial man. He never gave out negative energy. He was very passionate about his job. He was very loyal and everybody’s friend.

“In my quest to change things around and deliver MBC that Malawi wants, he was one of the individuals I was relying upon,” said Kasakula.

Kasakula added that Chimkango pioneered production of most of the music videos Malawians used to watch when MBC TV, then Television Malawi (TVM) was introduced some 21 years ago.

Sweeny Chinkango burst into the limelight as a gospel singer and music composer with the Christ in Songs Quartet that produced songs that filled gospel programmes such as Chorus for Sunday on the then sole radio, MBC.

An educationist, Sweeny was later to find himself with Television Malawi (TVM) where he became a programme producer and presenter.   

He has been with the television station since its inception in 1999 and at the time of his death he was Acting Controller of Programmes, responsible for television reprogramming.    

He is the brains behind programmes such as, Spiritual Bag, Manna, Cross Rhythms, Manna, Health Talk and has directed production of the newly introduced programme known as The Courts and several music videos.    Chinkango died at the Blantyre Adventist Hospital on Thursday.  

As we were going to the press, details of his burial were still not available.

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