Malawi President disowns remarks of Nankhumwa on ‘Bingu killed’

State House – fending off attacks for  Malawi Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa remarks that the former president Bingu wa Mutharika claiming he didn’t die a natural death but was rather killed, – have  said the statement did not reflect President Peter Mutharika’s position.

President Mutharika: Disowns Nankhumwa's remarks on Bingu's death

President Mutharika: Disowns Nankhumwa’s remarks on Bingu’s death

Nankhumwa, who is also official government spokesperson, made the remarks in the presence of President Mutharika during Bingu’s memorial on Saturday in Thyolo.

He produced a copy of his defunct newspaper publication “The Eye Witness” of 11th October, 2011 which carried an article titled ‘Bingu to die before 2014’ and quoted a document signed by little known Edgar Saukila and indicated the ‘JB Project’ wanted to block Peter Mutharika from inheriting power and Joyce Banda not to succeed Bingu.

The Eye Witnes newspaper was published by Mzati Communications which also owns Mzati FM that broadcasts from Nankhumwa’s Mulanje Central Constituency. The media house is owned by Nankhumwa himself and he confirmed.

The remarks attracted a barrage of criticism from the general public.

However , State House spokesman Gerald Viola, speaking on behalf of the president,  disowned the remarks as “personal opinion” of Nankhumwa – most trusted minister.

Viola said Nankhumwa’s statement is not the position of the Head of State.

“President Mutharika does not believe neither in gossip nor vengeance… Honourable Nankhumwa, just like any other Malawian, is free to express his opinion on matters of national interest,” he said.

Nankhumwa had asked President Mutharika to order a fresh inquiry to find out those who were behind the ‘JB Project’ so they should explain who killed Bingu.

Government spokesman  said he and other DPP members strongly believe “someone was behind Bingu’s death” and that his death was not caused by natural causes.

The Minister was quoted saying at Ndata: “I ask you the President to arrest those who were behind the JB Project so they should explain who killed Bingu,” adding that “even if Dr Bakili Muluzi was part of the JB project, he must be brought to book.”

Bingu wa Mutharika came to power in 2004 and presided over a seven-year boom – underpinned by foreign aid and favourable rains – that made Malawi one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

But he was accused of trampling on democratic freedoms and economic mismanagement.

In 2011, as people struggled with rising prices and fuel shortages, frustration and anger spilled over into the streets and the country experienced some of the worst riots in its history.

At least 19 people were killed when police used live bullets.

Changing names

Born Ryson Webster Thom in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo in 1934, the schoolmaster’s son adopted the more African name of Bingu Mutharika during the 1960s when pan-Africanism was sweeping across the continent.

He later added the prefix ‘wa’ between his names.

When he died in 2012, his body was reportedly transported to South Africa as ‘Daniel Phiri’ to disguise his identity as the government were hiding his death.

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75 thoughts on “Malawi President disowns remarks of Nankhumwa on ‘Bingu killed’”

  1. R.K.Kalira. says:

    I love my country Malawi and its good to point out wrong ldeas.With Nankhumwas speech I side Mr. President but I would like him learn something which is my experience.There are many such people in many areas who are of such mentallity who believe in using the tongue instead of the brain.The reason is that they are not suitable in the positions allocated,there4 there’s nothing to do.The result from them is to start worshipping the boss thats the only way to survive.Such people in any society or working place they are good at destroying the team work spirit.Mr. President for us to develope or progress we need right people for the right job to be done.We dont wont worshipers at work but people who can spend time using their brains and giving you the right support.And to me this is the respect I honour if given to any boss.We dont have time to fabricate stories but to do the right thing you supposed to. I repeat he is not only Nankhumwa but there are many and indeed they do benefit but the work suffers and bad signals are forwarded to the bosses.Pleas e Nankhumwa today you are at the top but 2morrow its a must someone will be there and you shall at where I am.Mal wians we are all one treat each other as if we belong to one father,one mother.We need each other and we live like a chain.

  2. nyasa boy says:

    Inu osaloza chala anthuosalakwa chibingu chanucho chinamwalira ndimatenda ake kusowa zokambaeti chinatsatira anthu amene chinaphesa Ku nzuzu f*********k busu

  3. Tengupenya says:

    Arrest so as to explain. … something? What is the probable cause?

  4. che dyumo says:

    Nankumwa mbori yako wamva….wakhunyu ngat iwe wacifufu amakusankhira chani udindo umenewo nae pitala…much as ilike peter koma apa anandilakwira ndithu kusankha wodwala khunyu iwe namapwala kusowa zokamba eti

  5. Nsena says:

    Anthu ngati awa unduna sukuwakhala ngonyozesa kulikulu

  6. chikoya says:

    nankhumwa is bcoming another kaliati ndithu. akufuna peter afe ndi ‘cardiac’ ndi maganizo oti bingu anaphedwa.

  7. Zeruthwini says:

    Majenteremeni ndi ma mwali muvere kwaine nkhalamba yakale, palimau timati “olira sitimugwira pakamwa ngakhale alankhule mopusa, timangodziwa kuti awandun ngolira mopusa” ngani imeneija simayenera kuchokera mkamwa mwa munthu wanklu chonchi. Knowing that the facts given were foolish that’s why our president commented nothing, he knew The minister was lost.
    Awa tingowapatsa dzina loti Zerutwini 2

  8. Kenkkk says:

    Next time mr nankhumwa before you open your mouth to talk issues, you must first declare whether or not what you are about to say is personal or govt. And if personal, please don’t use a govt platform to spread your lies!!!

  9. Peter says:

    These people are one. They planned it. First pay the IPTE 7 teachers in Mangochi their 5 months perks before you compesate JB on cooked cases like this or if gvt paid them thru DEM’S ofice, then let the law take its course

  10. observer says:

    Nankhumwa you have better be ashamed of yourself. You were a leader of that publications and you was at a better position to bar such stupid & embarrassing story to the late President. You knew the article could scare the president or could bring anxiety but you didn’t care all these.

    Besides, religiously every creature will die and scientifically every creature which doesn’t cope with environment faces death.

    How many prophesied about Bingu’s death, do you mean all those prophets has to be coaxed? Let his soul rest in piece. He did his part now he has gone

    We know you’re a boot linker, you’re up to current leaders favor, search for another options not of that news of your company. The other thing is if you die today you’re stupid because you have felt to cope up with the changes of the environment.

  11. A Malawi anzanga nkhani izi ndizammudzi osati pa presidential level ayi

  12. nanaphiri says:

    anankhumwa mbuzi yothela2 ngakhale nyama yake singadyeke koma kupeleka kwa fisi

  13. edward says:

    Ndimayesa ngati ndale zimenezi za a china Deleza kuti zinatha thawi ya Kamuzu koma mpaka pano Nankumwa still doing it no wonder our country is not changing we have got some fools in our gouvernement Mr Président please you must apoint people on mérite not like this fool or maybe send thèm to school before taking office éesh

  14. emma says:

    nankhubwa munthu oyipa, in fact hang him!

  15. Chifira says:

    The remarks made by motherfucker Nankhumwa are extremely slanderous whether he was speaking on his on behalf or on behalf of the government. If Mathanyula and his gangsters are serious they need to relieve this fool of his responsibilies he is a disgrace to this already weakned administration. Come on Mathanyula show us some muscle!!!!

  16. Mercy Bauleni says:

    In all fairness, I salute the State House for making its position on Nankhumwa’s opinion. However, may someone convince me, because the Minister is hired to serve interest of the government. Say he is entitled to freedom of speech and expression. How do you separate the two, speaking on behalf of the government at the same time expression a personal opinion? Conflict of interest is likely to emerge in such a kind of situation. I strongly believe that the Minister was put deliberately to make that speech. Secondly, dont you think the public might have interest in what Nankhumwa said? Can he prove that Bingu was murdered? Where was his so called “The Eye Witness publication” when the comission of inquiry on Bingu’s Death was looking for information? Let me remind you that Kondwani made a statement that the Government has the CCTV footage of Lutepo at State House up until now the Anticorruption Bureau has not received copies. What confuses a lot of Malawians now is that, was he saying this on personal capacity? Double face Minister of Information (Government spokesperson & Personal Opinionist)

  17. mwahana says:

    DAMAGE ALREADY DONE!!! ZA MANYI BASI!!!!

  18. OGO!! says:

    This is one of the most dangerous situations in Malawi politics. When ministers start saying such things in public and while the President is right there and then he takes a number of days to refute the allegation when he could have done it right then and there….its not right at all. He is a representative of the President. Should we say that the President was not shown the newspaper that was being shown around?

    The more I try to say I should try to let Peter govern the more I become disillusioned when he can’t take decisive actions against such kind of people. In the long run, Government will compensate JB. Why can’t we have a government that can just focus on governing and refrain from petty tit-for-tat politics? JB’s government at least did that but why can’t we have progressive politics in Malawi for once?

  19. Gavanala says:

    Chimbatatesi!

  20. kamfana says:

    What has the President DONE to this NOSENSE SAYING BY nankhumwa?.It seems it was a PLANNED THING.APM TOO IS HAPPY BUT HE CAN NOT SHOW IT PUBLICLY.IT SEEMS AGAIN THAT HE CAN’T WALK HIS TALK.NO MORE RESPECT FOR HIM RIGHT FROM THAT HOUR.MALAWI WILL NOT DEVELOP.IF THE PRESIDENT WILL ACCEPT TO COMMISSION AN INQUIRY,THEN IT’S WHEN PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT HIS IS PART OF IT.NOW U HAVE DRAGGED FORMER COMM.IN.CHIEF OF MDF TO COURT JUST BECOZ.HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE NOSENSE THE DPP GOVT.WANTED TO DO BY TAKING APM TO OVERTAKE JB THEN VP,TO PRESIDENCY.NOT CORRUPTION,BUT BECAUSE GENERAL ODILLO FOLLOWED JUSTICE THEN U HATE HIM.THIS SHOWS THAT IT WAS JUST BURNING IN UR HEARTS THAT ONE DAY U WILL PUT ODILLO IN PRISON.MIND U! IF U COOK REASONS TO JEOPARDIZE SOMEBODY,THEN ONE DAY, IT WILL BACKFIRE BY THE ALMIGHTY GOD,NOT HIM{ODILLO}ADVICE TO GEN.ODILLO; IF THIS IS A COOKED STORY,THEN STICK TO UR GOD FEARING RULES & ORDINANCES TO PLEASE GOD NOT MAN.PRAY TO HIM SO THAT JUSICE CAN BE SEEN,NO MATTER WHAT,GOD NEVER ACCEPTS CROOKDNESS.

  21. YOLANDA says:

    this Nankhumwa thing,does not fit to be a Minister of Information.I also prophesie another kadwa kalista(cardiac arrest) within the rulling cabinet.posachedwapa timva kuti anthu ayambanso kumapita ku phiri la bunda kuti china chinyamuke ndithu,mwationjeza.

    ngati udindo omwe muli nalowo Chisumphi sadakupatseni,ena atenga ndithu.mwaonjeza bodza.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  22. Thuso says:

    Kondwani Nankumwa
    U r foolishness if i were u I could leave the Job and go ur father APM he don’t take u any more

  23. vin mongu says:

    nobel you are right, how do we differentiate speaking in official govt position and personal capacity. cheap politics – this is consequences of putting babies in cabinet positions like sending a customer services manager to be ambassador to the AU. may be APM though we needed customer service or ushering in AU. APM and Chilima think reforms just target civil service and not politicians. Cabinet performance contracts shame, uyutu is zero kale

  24. OMEGA BEMA says:

    It shows mr president has refused to b pleased by nankhumwa ….this guy named nankhumwa is a coward

  25. Chakwera says:

    shame on nankhumwa

  26. nobel says:

    How do we separate between personal and official capacity? How do we believe this, when one speaks trash u say it’s personal but it come official when he speaks sensible things? It could have made sense if we are told that xxxxx minister today will speak on personal capacity! Komanso Kodi inu Kondwani ndi adult name? It’s childish, babyish name! Shame

  27. Lee Kachoka says:

    Kalipo kalipo.Koma,Takulani.Mya mbo ngati imeneyi ndi yolankhu la anthu akulu a nzeru…osati ma khanda….empty speech,brainless!

  28. Charombanthu says:

    Any sane person would disown that statement. It does not ad up at all and appears to come from someone who’s not brilliant at all. But can the minister shed some light on his allegations because they are very serious most expecially that they concern the life of the former head of state. We are waiting….

  29. Mzimu Wagogo says:

    Kirks Of Adying Horse Zikuvutani Mumva Mbebe

  30. Tsikulokufanyani says:

    Che Namkhumwa, this is why you together with your stupid president were arrested. Big heads full of mucus only. Bwinotbwino!!!!!!!!! Ka ng’oma kolilitsa sikachedwa kusweka. Osadabwa ulendo wa a Mchacha akumwerabe chikho cha olemera? Khwangwala wa mantha anafa ndi ukalamba mbuyache.

  31. amina says:

    Humble yourself guys and God is going to lift you up. Kikiki! Time will come and you will remember my words.

  32. KHUERE says:

    umphawi umalankhulitsa zopanda pake inu munthu woti kwawo sakumufuna angalankhule zabwino, A presdent akukupangisanitu manyadzi uyu inuyo munapitako ku school.

  33. Charlie Hebdo says:

    The folly of appointing homeboys who do not deserve it into cabinet. We are patiently waiting to see the CCTV footage of JB and Lutepo and we are giving him until 30 June 2015 failing which we will organize protests for concealing evidence that should help bring to book those involved in cashgate.

  34. Omex70 says:

    If the president is embarrassed by Nankhumwa’s remarks, he must demonstrate it by sacking this most stupid and empty-headed minister.

  35. AMUNA BAWO says:

    One overzealous “MTL” member must be ashamed by this state house press statement. Bravo State house, there is no issue here bcoz the nation had the doctors report and not a report from lebala wothyola tiyi ku tyoro!!!

  36. abram nkasala says:

    Fuck Namkhumwa fuck dpp,how can it be personal while on peter’s presence.Shed more light tikudila timve zambiri, mwamva a Namkhumwa?

  37. Tithatonse says:

    I repeat. This was Sikusinja and Gwenembe classic. Peter had to kill Bingu for generate sympathy and ascend to power. Bingu was finished so was DPP. Demonstrations were left and right. Donors had stopped aid. There was a document circulating list Bingu stolen wealth. The 20 demonstrators killed etc. DPP could not have survived politically if Bingu had remained in power.

    APM killed Bingu that is why he refused to release the postmortem report. Now his dead brother is haunting him that is why he asked Nankhumwa to say those stupid things. There is no way Nankhumwa could have waved a copy of his own newspaper and a fake document dated August 2014 without APM’s knowledge and prior briefing.

    Desperation bleeds desperate moves.

  38. Akatswiri says:

    Please dont just things that will damage others, remember what Mayi Manjakhosi said that MaBishop tidzakodzera pamutu, mau awa did not die some people remembered these words when Malawi Congress was not in power, ndiye usamangonena mau omwe mtsogolo adzakupwetekeni.

  39. boko says:

    nankhumwa is a silly creature and I cant expect much from him rather than such remarks .Pliz Mr. president we need ministers who can solve economic problems in this country not idiots whose speech are inflammatory and saultless.Now mr. president if you say the speech was his personal opinion, did it pliz you?if it didn’t pliz u what will be your reaction? Sometimes it is difficult to speak the truth and yet it is the truth.bingu died of cardiac arrest.simple and straight forward.

  40. Nkhani says:

    Baby Sitter

  41. Cashgate1 says:

    At times you wonder, does Nankhumwa realize that he is govt spokesperson? or he feels he is DDP spokesperson.

  42. Aganya says:

    Thats the disadvantages of maintaining recycled politicians. Kodi anzeru ndi iwo wokha ku malawi kuno?

  43. Much as we are anxious to know the truth from Nankhumwa’s speech, we should know that the president does not react to rebuke an already given speech right there. #Abonzi that does not happen-Robert Mugabe-the No Nonsense President has never done it before. The President rebukes, later, after the function has ended, through another representative as he has done it through Gerald Viola.

  44. Lolo says:

    This was a planned speech theirs no way nankhumwa can voic out tht as a personal opinion kunamiza ana chani inunso aviola mwangosankhidwa kumene kaudindoko nkuyamba mabodza nanga tupitaku munama zinthu zingati sibwino choncho

  45. Peter Nkosi says:

    If these stupid allegations were made in the presence of Mutharika the Second, why did he not immediately stand up and state that he did not support them? Why has he waited for some days to be instructed by his handlers that he must reject the allegations. Why has he not made the announcement himself, but left it to a handler?

  46. Nankhumwa ndi galu.ngat bingu anaphedwa nd mzimayi,petulo aphedwa ndi fungo la chiphwisi cha Nankhumwa.

  47. edda mwalweni says:

    Kondwani, believe me you are heading for troubles tikuonera posachedwapa, ndiwe mbuli, pamnya pako, wamva.

  48. BBC says:

    Don’t just disown his speech but relieve him from this important position.

  49. Bwitoto says:

    kkkkkkkk Daniel Phiri…..koma zoophsya kwabasi.

  50. osman usu justin says:

    Boring,boring Nankhumwa!

  51. tuvitwana says:

    I DON’T C NANKHUMWA REACHING 2019. HE IS TOO fat COZ OF OVER EATING, ANOTHER CARDIAC ARREST COMING. MY PREDICTION DOESN’T MEAN HE WILL DIE OF UNNATURAL DEATH NO, BUT NATURAL DUE TO HIS OVER EATING KKKKK

  52. Watereka says:

    Nankhumwa is a disgrace to the entire dpp he must be fired

  53. jacaranda says:

    Why did you throw parties after Bingu’s demise?

  54. Bongolololo says:

    Fire Nankhumwa now, now, now!

  55. cbk says:

    what a bullshit remark!try to arrest bakili and yu think his son will be watching.yur coalition with udf will end there.give us a break please.

  56. Guley says:

    Mphamvu zoyankhulila ku presidential function anazitenga kuti? Don’t fool us you sent him. If you did not send him then prove it. fire him. Otherwise you sent him to lie about JB CCTV as well. Mutamva kuti JB akubwera mwafuna mumuopyeze ndi JB project kuti asabwere

  57. King shefq says:

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  58. SERVE MUHELIWA says:

    sign of confusion in dpp.nankhumwa has made many speeches worthy for uneducated person yet acceptable in dpp. Foolishly still dpp was here, writing in prison

  59. Abonzi says:

    Had it been it was personal opinion Pitala akanachita rebuke pompo pompo. Sana lankhulepo poti he sent him to say so, that was the cabinet stand, of which Pitala is chair. Had it been the president said something to rebuke him mwina tikanamva kuti sakuganizadi choncho. This boy was sent by the master to set the ball rolling.

    1. Nkhombokombo says:

      Are these guys sailing in the same boat? If they are not then we don’t have a Govt in place. This Nankhumwa guy speaks for the Govt and Govt is headed by Mtharika which now means those views presented were the views of the Govt and its leaders. Don’t test the heat of the waters and disown your spokesman when you’ve discovered that the water is skin hot! This man has goofed uncountable times and never a time that the Govt has rebuked him. Work out your stratages well before you set this guy to parrot things at the podium. We are fed up with your refutals every time there is a rally.

  60. asaaaa says:

    hw can that be personal yet he speeks on behalf of the president?

  61. ADE says:

    NANKHUMWA CAN ONLY SPEAK HIS PERSONAL OPINION AT HOME TO HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN. AT NDATA HE WAS SPEAKING AS MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND A DPP OFFICIAL.

  62. zoona says:

    Nankhumwa said JB not Joyce Banda mukudzinyumwa chani? Kkkkkk

  63. Kenkkk says:

    Those were gross personal opinions of nankhumwa aired at a major presidential function in front of guests and dignitaries. Very embarrassing to the president and others. Nankhumwa had plenty of other times he could have aired his crazy theories but why pick that time only?

    How can the president just dismiss this as personal opinion and end of the matter?
    Nankhumwa should be fired!!! Otherwise the president agrees with him and colluded with him on the stupid story.

  64. Julius H T Luhanga says:

    Tell us the truth mr Namkhumwa we r waiting to hear more

  65. mathanjez Ishmael says:

    We have lost confidence in nankhumwa. He has to resign as a minister other wise is misleading the nation. Wat a guff. …

  66. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawi singatukuke ndi atsogoleri ngati amenewa a DPP. We are in big trouble.

  67. kambwe says:

    chibekete cha minister ichi….

  68. Dan says:

    Foolish utterace attract foolish propotional foolish comments

  69. Gasten says:

    What Ashame! Iwas Seen Him As Abrilliant Young Minister,but Oooh Alas!

  70. Tembenu says:

    Nankhumwa,wat u hav to know is,ili ndi dziko la pansi,pomwe mulipo,padali a nzanu. Watch ur tongue Mr!!

  71. ujeni says:

    Tired of this late show now. Can the real President of Malawi please start addressing the nationand stop his advisers from running the show. We now believe more what Ntata has been saying.

  72. bertha says:

    Nankumwa ali mmadzi JB to sue him

  73. mpate says:

    pliz find out

  74. You must know!!!!!! says:

    When people are pregnant with leadership, those are type of comments coming from Minister of Misinformation. He is making such utteraces because his account is fat and wants to protect his appointed post.We will see if you will remain there without being fired. learn to be humble

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