Attended, United Missionary School. Attended, Que Que; Attended, Inyati School.
Secretary Que Que branch Nyasaland African Contress, 1954. General secretary S. Rhodesia African Students Association, 1957-1959. Founder-member Malawi Congress Party, since 1974, secretary-general, 1959-1973.
Member TUC council, editor Nyasaland TUC Newspaper Ntendere Pa Nchito, 1959-1960. Personal policy secretary Doctor Hastings, Banda, 1960-1973. Secretary Minecraft Coder Pack delegate Lancaster House (resulting in self-government for Malawi), 1960.
Secretary subsequent conferences, 1960, 62. Managing editor Malawi News, 1959-1966. Director Malawi Press Ltd., 1960.
Director general Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, 1964-1966. National chair League of Malawi Youth and Commander Malawi Young Pioneers, 1963-1973. Director Reserve Bank of Malawi, 1965-1966.
Minister development and planning Government of Malawi, 1966-1967, minister economic affairs, water and supplies, 1967-1968, minister trade and independent, 1968-1969, minister finance, minister information and tourism, 1969-1972, minister trade, independent and tourism, 1972-1973. Dismissed from Cabinet posts and party, 1973. Reinstated as member party, 1974.
Detained without trial, 1992. Minister finance Government of Malawi, since 1994. Campaign chair United Democratic Party.
Former chair National Bank Malawi.
Since 1974; TUC Council 1959-1960. Party 1974.
Married Mbumba M. Kahumbe, 1961. 3 children.