Bingu’s death 4 years on, Malawians remember his death quietly

Former head of state Bingu wa Mutharika suddenly died of heart attack four years ago today, April 5, his death put Malawi on huge political cross roads as his party kept the death under lock and key in fear the presidency would slip into the hands of the then deputy.

Bingu wa Mutharika

Bingu wa Mutharika

However, Malawians can hardly remember that this was the day Mutharika passed on except for some posts on social media and a few news items on private radio stations.

The person who took power after his death, Joyce Banda is away in self imposed exile.

Malawians are currently  struggling to make ends meet due to high cost of living due to a fast falling of the economy.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the party Bingu founded after leaving the United Democratic Front in 2005 is back in power after losing it to Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party and at the helm is his brother, Peter, whom he had called from the US to be groomed in order to take over the presidency after his planned retirement in 2014.

DPP publicist Francis Kasaira said the party is consulting with family members on how best to commemorate his death.

“The former president was a family man so the government and party cannot just organise the remembrance events without their authority and guidance,” said Kasaira.

He described the fallen leader as inspirational, saying he had a vision for Malawi and said he was in his own class when it came to planning and implementing development agenda.

Founding president Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda is always remembered on his death anniversary with a memorial event.

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27 thoughts on “Bingu’s death 4 years on, Malawians remember his death quietly”

  1. Luwazi says:

    He was no hero by any means, that is why his remains were treated like a road kill by his greedy brother and orppotunistic wife. If he was a hero his remains should have been treated with respect and dignity not doing CPR on a dead body for 3 hours until they broke his ribs, the drama at KIA where the dead body was sitting on the asphalt for hours and flying a partially decomposed body to South Africa……..hero????…….think again don’t use that word loosely folks.

  2. Malawian says:

    It is a gross overstatement of facts to call Late Bingu Muthalika someone on a class of his on…..a hero or whats over. Some of us are of the view that he was an average president and remember him that:

    (i) He made Malawians sleep at fuel filling stations after failing to manage the economy.Up to now i fail to appreciate why late Bingu arrogantly failed to understand basic economics then that depreciation of the kwacha was the answer to the ailing economy then.Immediately JB depreciated the kwacha and the floating system we simply never slept at fuel filling stations.His kid brother, Peter Muthalika, whom before taking over from JB was blindly making noise about the kwacha floatation system has maintained it and benefitted from it.
    (ii) He chased our Development Partners and called them stupid Europeans at the Ekwendeni rally may be after too many glasses of wisky, our MBC has that most stupid speech from a sitting president of a poor country like Malawi. Some Donors cannot trust his kid brother Peter fours thereafter partly because of that careless speech.
    (iii) He was the most arrogant,selfish and ungrateful president that Malawi has ever had.While Bakili Muluzi gave him the presidency on a silver platter, he mistreated him and his UDF Party supporters immediately after getting the presidency to the point that Atcheya had to develop malfunctioning back disc.Ungratefulness of the highest order.Tcheya is a happy person 4 years after his death. He sent to prison the likes of Sam Mpasu, Yusuf Mwawa on corruption charges yet he himself ended up building his Ndata Massion and accumulated MK61 million wealth from MK150 million in 8 years through the same corrupt means.That was selfishness of the highest order.He again selfishly gave Calister the wife K1million salary per month for doing charity work.He started grooming his kid brother to take over him in 2014 at the expense of front runners then in the names of Goodah Gondwe, Henry Chimutu Banda .The choice of JB as running mate was part of his selfishness.
    (iv) Most tribalistic , nepostic of all the past three former presidents.Malawi became most divided under his leadership by clear favoritism of key Government positions and businesses to his fellow lomwe tribesmen.He brought an open lomwelisation policy in Government systems.The Mullis had to overtake other business persons because of such policies.The stupid and nepostic QUOTA systems of selecting students to public Universities was brought by him immediately after majority of Malawians overwhemingly voted for him in 2009 GE.His justification in November 2011 exposed his nepostic motives behind the system which was labelled discriminatory by the court ruling during MCP era. So he was far away from being labelled a hero, he had so many weaknesses than strengths.What explanation do you have for so many Malawians including Bakili Muluzi, a former Head of state who celebrated his death on 5th April 2012???????????????????Food for thought????

  3. Tukombo says:

    May he burn in hell for his brother’s atrocities and the pain Malawians are going through!!!!

  4. evance says:

    Indeed bingu was,is and will be among the great thinkers/heros of africa for anumber of reasons.oky

  5. Nchanga wa Nchenga, zambia says:

    Webster Thom, Bingu Wa Mutharika, aka Daniel Phiri who died in 3 separates days {5 April; 6 Apr and 7 Apr} Its not how one begins but how one ends, though he started well but he ended very bad without, fuel, forex and medicine, what a bad ending and having died 3 different days. Why do you praise people for doing their employed duty? He was borrowing to much frm China becoz he was getting kickbacks from them for bringing their prisoners to Malawi to work. He have bad human rights, let him wrot in mpumulo wa mbatata

  6. jamali white says:

    May hiz soul continue rest in peace!

  7. Jokujoku says:

    What kind of vision are we talking about here.bingu was an idiot.he left malawi in a mess and if u remember the time he died there was no fuel and countries had to donate fuel to help with burial.

  8. Mathanyula walephela says:

    Remember him for what??? He is the one who brought this clueless Mathanyula who has brought nothing but misery to all Malawians

  9. Kush says:

    we shall always miss Bingu

  10. Fanny says:

    Bingu was visionary. May his soul rest in eternal peace…

  11. kenankena says:

    Bingu is on holiday ! paja sanena kuti wapita kuti, and akabwereko , munya muwona

  12. Manzxe says:

    All the best we still struggling as you left but any way life goes on.mis u

  13. worriedman says:

    May his soul rest in peace at mpumulo wa bata my vision ally president osati zinazi apa ndiye tinaluza amalawi basi

  14. John Mpeleka says:

    May His Soul mantaining Rest In everlasting Piece.

  15. concerned citizen says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  16. Hon Speaket says:

    Rest in Peace, Bingu. Your brother, Peter, is fine, though he is struggling with some of the cases you left behind. All the best Bingu kumeneko!!!!!

  17. Bimgu was a visionary leader for making fuel scares and drug shortage in hospitals of this county. Za ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Mphepo Akula says:

    Cry my beloved Bingu!

  19. mfiti says:

    bingu had vision unlike this idiot you call president

  20. Charles Maselle says:

    Mr. Presdident,
    If I were you, I couldn’t bother with Joshua, I could rather remain at home and concentrate on constructive business. Remember Jesus said “They will come in my name, but they are NOT. Think of it if you do not know this man in detail

  21. Long Dick says:

    Bing did extremely well in his first term. I 100% miss him ONLY because of his first term achievements!

  22. Jahan says:

    Frankly speaking…. It would be a lie to say may his soul rest in peace. Am such an honourable person to spit such lies.

  23. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    “Good men must die, but death can not kill their names.” – Dictionary of Proverbs

    In August 2009, CNCB Africa had an exclusive interview with Bingu – https://www.youtube.comwatch?v=Mzi_5i0Vixc. The reporter was left dumbfounded with the answers given by Bingu.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    On donors who told him that FISP was not viable Bingu said . . .
    . . . If you look at a smallholder farmer, using a hoe, a poor woman, with a baby on her back; struggling the whole day; and cannot afford to buy improved seeds, fertliser e.tc; then you come and say – that woman does not need subsidy.
    . . . Then you take the farmers in in Europe and North America; with modern tractors, computerised; with music and air conditioners; and you say they need subsidy and this woman doesnt. Then I said NO; you are not serious. Then I said with or without your support, I will go ahead and do it, anyway.
    . . . and we were successful
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Lesson from the success story of FISP Bingu said . . .
    . . . As Malawians we are the best people to know what our problems are. I have my ministers, PSs and experts. And if all of us dont know what we want or our problems are and need somebody else to come from somewhere to tell us, then we have a very big problem.
    . . . I can say without being arrogant, I know the problems for Malawi and I know the solutions but I may not have the means.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    On IMFs advice on Kwacha devaluation, Bingu had this to say . . .
    . . . I am saying the IMF has a contradiction in their minds, they dont know what they are talking about. They talk about macroeconomic stability. What is stability, if it is not a level?
    . . . The moment you take out one parameter e.g. through devaluation, that stability is disturbed. Then inflation comes in. And they are saying the are for macroeco stability. I dont know what kind of economics is with the IMF.
    . . . Perhaps 10 years from now (2009 ) when we have a range of products going on the international market, then the case of devaluation will make sense.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  24. therere says:

    he was a great and visionary leader, he built Nkhoma, Ntchisi,Mugabe roads, Pariament house ,MUST and modern Stadium. He also introduced free ARV’s

  25. Katundu says:

    Bingu was the man of Malawi after Kamuzu. He was visionary and had an agenda to develop the country. Just a year after his first term presidency, hunger was wiped out through FISP and the economy grew beyond recognition. Infrastructure development flourished. Civil servants’s salaries went up year after year.
    May his soul rest in eternanity.

  26. Nzika says:

    Rest In Peace Bingu “Daniel Phiri” wa Muntharika.

  27. Mitole says:

    Bingu, munthu wamkulu kwambiri , Continue Resting in peace my man , My president ,

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