Educated at Chigondo Primary School, the Henry Henderson Institute and Zomba Catholic School. After attending Teachers’ Training College at Domasi for two years he qualified in 1958.
He began teaching in the south and in 1963 won a place at Bristol University, England where he gained a diploma in education. On his return in 1964 he was promoted assistant district education officer. Two years after independence he was sent to the Malawi delegation to the United Nations in New York, as cultural attache. He returned in 1967 to be an education officer until 1971.
Elected MP for Zomba West on April 17,1971, he entered the National Assembly and quickly established his reputation on the back benches. A year later President Banda promoted him to the cabinet as Minister of Local Government. In a minor reshuffle in the autumn he took over from Malan Lungu as Minister of Health.