Malawi Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa has asked the DPP-led government to bring to book author of a document titled ‘JB Project’ which Eye Witness newspaper reporter quoted in an article titled ‘Bingu to die before 2014’, which appeared in the October 28 2011 edition.
Nankhumwa made the call yesterday at Ndata Farm in Thyolo where hundreds of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sympathisers led by President Peter Mutharika, senior party and government officials gathered for a memorial service of the party’s founder.
According to Nankhumwa, who is also official government spokesperson, the author of the article ought to give Malawians answers regarding what killed Bingu “as his death was due to unnatural causes”.
“Many people in the party find it hard to believe that Bingu’s death was caused by natural causes. We still think someone was behind that death because the former first lady told us that he had woken up just alright that morning and he was in his office attending to visitors when it happened,” said Nankhumwa while showing the crowd a copy of the said newspaper.
He also advised the President to be careful with people who visit him at State House, saying some of them do not go there in good faith.
In an interview after the ceremony as to why he is bringing up a newspaper article after three years, Nankhumwa said he believes if he had brought it in 2012 or 2013 when a new government was in place, nothing could have happened.
He also said his claims are not disputing results of the commission of inquiry that found that Bingu died of cardiac arrest as what he said is from a cultural point of view.
In his remarks at the function, the President expressed gratitude to the nation for joining him and the Mutharika family as they celebrated Bingu’s life. He said the family was not able to hold similar ceremonies in the past three years because the previous government grabbed Ndata Farm and denied them access to it.
The President said his brother, whose death will always be a mystery to the family, taught him a lot of things such as never to do anything half-way, how to live a fruitful life as well as never to judge others.
Said Mutharika: “As Bingu rests, let us do our part so that when our time comes, we should leave a better country than [the one] we found.”
Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese, who presided over a memorial mass, described Bingu as a visionary leader whose works are a testimony three years after his passing.
Msusa asked the President to emulate his late brother’s example of championing food security and agriculture sustainability as well as self-reliance. He reminded the gathering that Malawi never faced hunger during Bingu’s rule.
After the ceremony, the President led his family in laying wreaths at Mpumulo Wa Bata Mausoleum.
The event brought together international dignitaries, senior government and opposition parties officials. Notable faces included former Zambia president Rupia Banda, former president Bakili Muluzi, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and former MCP president John Tembo,