13th September 2022 marked the first death anniversary of Mr Rafiq Hajat, who was the founder and executive director of a Governance think tank, The Institute for Policy Interaction. Rafiq Hajat headed the institution for two decades until his last date. The memorial was attended by family members, civil society leaders, representatives from the government and business community, the staff of IPI who had worked with Rafiq Hajat for a long time and his friends. Rich tributes were paid to Rafiq Hajat’s contribution to Malawian society at large. Particular references were made to his contribution toward the democratization of Malawi and the protection of human rights. People mentioned his courage to speak up and his determination to fight against all odds. Rafiq has left his imprint as a true son of Malawi.