Former First Lady Callista Mutharika says it did not even take her time to accept former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s proposal for marriage at Sanjika Palace.
Recalling the events leading to the proposal, Callista said the former head of state invited her several times both on private and official functions but did not propose to her.
The former First Lady, with an infectious smile told Times TV that she was surprised one day that Mutharika introduced her to the former president’s adopted children as “this is your mother.”
“As you may know, Bingu used to have many adopted children whom he paid schools fees and help so when he introduced me to them as their mother; it was a surprise to me. Later that day, he proposed and it did not take time for me to say yes, I accept. I did not hesitate,” said Callista.
Most Malawian just like other African women hesitate and might take a little time longer before accepting marriage proposals because of traditions and cultural values.
Callista however did not say how Bingu’s biological children welcomed this.
However during the official wedding ceremony of Bingu and Callista, Madalitso who was Bingu’s only son is on record as having told journalists that he would not comment on the matter because the family was still mourning the death of their mother, Ethel Mutharika.
Asked if he quickly accepted the marriage proposal because Bingu was President and had a lot of wealth which was more attractive than the ageing Bingu, Callista pronounced an emphatic no, saying she just loved him because of his maturity, wisdom, intelligence, love and care that every woman expects from a man.
“We really loved each other. We never quarrelled. I miss him,” said Callista, adding, “I know a loving Bingu.”
She said Bingu, in his free time at State House would sing and dance, saying he loved songs by New Anglican Voices and St Pius of the Catholic Church choirs.
Callista said she is not rich as some people say only that she has an urge of helping the poor hence are usual donations to the needy.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :