In a press statement, the two institutions described Tenthani’s death as a huge loss to his family, the media fraternity and Malawi’s democracy.
CHRR’s Executive Director Timothy Mtambo and CEDEP’s Executive Director Gift Trapence noted that throughout his professionalism, Tenthani contributed tremendously to the country’s democracy through his fearless and consistent articles which held the leadership to account.
The two noted that Tenthani’s fidelity and voice remained relevant through all the country’s leaderships.
In a related development, Bwaila Media Club (BMC) has described the late Tenthani as an inspiration to many local journalists who looked up to him as a benchmark for success in the journalism profession.
Chairperson of the Club Peter Makawa observed that his contributions as a columnist will surely be missed by many Malawians who used to love his pieces of writing, especially his weekend column known as 'Muckraking on Sunday'
Makawa said Tenthani’s writings were a marvel to read and his rational approach to issues of national importance in his column made Ralph an influential personality.
“As an advocate of media freedom and freedom of expression, Ralph will be remembered through the contributions he made when he was once part of the National Governing Council (NGC) for the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter, as an executive member” said Makawa.
“BMC members will live to remember Ralph, who until his death was a BBC correspondent; as a prolific and influential columnist; as well as a very charming veteran journalist”. Makawa said.
Ralphael Tenthani was involved in a road accident on Saturday, 16th May at Kam'mwamba along the M1 road on his way back to Blantyre from his home village at Agabu Village, Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu district and later pronounced dead upon arrival at Mlambe Hospital in Lunzu.
Tenthani was very outspoken especially on issues of media freedom, and indeed proved right the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword, through the feedback he used to receive from both policy makers and ordinary Malawians.