Malawians remember Bingu, presidential aide asks for statue

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday led the nation in remembering former head of state Bingu wa Mutharika in Thyolo with Archbishop of Blantyre Diocese Thomas Msusa describing him as the great gift God gave to Malawi.

Mutharika paying tribute to Bingu

Mutharika paying tribute to Bingu

Vice President Chilima and his wife paying tribute to Bingu

Vice President Chilima and his wife paying tribute to Bingu

Thousands of Malawians including ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) faithful and government officials at his village, Kamoto Village in Chief Chimaliro area in Thyolo.

Those who spoke at the memorial service spoke highly of the fallen president, emphasizing that Malawians never starved during his rule.

President Peter Mutharika listened attentively as Arthur Peter Masamba, representing the family, Ecklen Kudontoni, DPP secretary General and Francis Mphepo, chief advisor to the president on political affairs articulated how Bingu turned Malawi into a breadbasket.

They also lined up major development programmes which the former president accomplished during his eight year rule before he died on April 5, 2012.

Msusa said Bingu was a great leader, that is why he managed to accomplish most development programmes he had planned within a shirt period of time.

“Bingu was a great gift of the nation. He said let works of my hands bear me witness and the works did bvear him witness indeed,” said the archbishop.

Presidential aide Francis Mphepo asked the government to have a statue of the former head of state.

“If the government has no money, we can raise the money from well wishers so that we erect the statue,” he said.

Politicians who spoke at the service avoided attacking opposition leaders as was the case last year and instead praised the fallen leader for his love for Malawi.

In an interview with the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, former First Lady Callista Mutharika described Mutharika as an extraordinary leader.

“I have read numerous books of extraordinary leaders, it was good to live with an extraordinary leader. He always planned his day carefully and he wanted me to do the same,” said Callista.

She said Bingu loved his family, his relatives and his country.

Arthur Masamba, who represented Bingu’s family, said it was sad that Bingu died a sudden death in his eighth year as President.

He said it was a death people did not, and still do not understand.

People that laid wreaths at Mpumulo wa Bata included, Callista; his children, his brother Peter, new Agriculture minister George Chaponda, Archbishop Msusa and Bishop Musikuwa, Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Samuel Tembenu and Thyolo East legislator Gerson Solomoni.

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Kwinindo
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Kwinindo
5 months 11 days ago

Inu a Nyasatimes, kodi a Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa sadayankhule pa mwambo uwu?

Kadakwiza
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Kadakwiza
5 months 13 days ago
Yes, Late Bingu wa Muthalika was a great leader. We can remember him very well. Malawians during his tenure didn’t go to bed empty stomach. We also remember him as a great leader who introduced the quota system to prevent some students to go to the University Of Malawi. He was a good leader, who called Malawians chickens. We can’t forget when Malawians were. Sleeping at filling stations because of the shortage of fuel. Today we got Masauko Highway. We got a state of the art stadium. We got a beautiful parliament building in Lilongwe. We can’t forget Bingu Conference… Read more »
alhomwe atilaula
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alhomwe atilaula
5 months 13 days ago

Kaya ine zokamba ndilibe, anga ndi maso!

Namulangeni
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Namulangeni
5 months 13 days ago

Bingu was really a great man with vision how imiss his great leadership,,,look at the roads we have now e.g masauko chipembere highway likanakhala nthawi ya bakili tili ndi mseu umodzi koma magalimoto alili pano how many hours could we be travelling from blantyre to limbe? pano travelling its very easy cause misewu ili sharp.mix ma free arv”s azibale athu akupulumuka nao sakufa pomwe kale amnagulitsidwa ndipo azibale ambili anamwalila.
kumavomerezako osamangokhalila kutsutsa and kutukwana zilizonse

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
5 months 14 days ago

Really Bingu was a great gift from God to Malawians? What a blasphemy from God’s preacher? As Iam writing this piece,the rogue is in hell,he was not a God’s enthusiast,but a misguided evil man who preyed on poor peoples’ resources.However,it is unbelievable for Bishop Msusa to describe a thief as a great gift God gave to Malawi.Iam sorry that this is the end of our world God gave to us with blessings.GOD FORGIVE US!!!

bobolongwe
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bobolongwe
5 months 14 days ago

koma anthu ambiri ndinu ankhwidzi ndi banja latha Muthalika, ngati kumabanja, kwanu, munabadwa, opanda mwai, sibwino kumatukwana anthu amwai. ndikudziwa akukutumani ndi chakwera. mukunamatu 2019 DPP ikupitirira. 2024 UDF ikudzanyamulanso. MCP, mmmmmmmmmmm mwina Ambuye YESU akadzabwera.

sukutumpwelembwe
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sukutumpwelembwe
5 months 14 days ago

STATUE YACHANI ?
MUNGOYEREKEDZA ! INENSO I WILL DEMAND KUTI MUZAYIKE YA ” ALLAN NAMOKO ”
THE GUY WAS RUDE KOPOSA NGWAZI YENI YENI

Bongololo
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Bongololo
5 months 14 days ago

Zopusa eti?

Chimunthu
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Chimunthu
5 months 14 days ago

Yes, the people generally remember Bingu but for all the WRONG reasons. He began his Presidency well but then became corrupted by power. If his family want to remember him by glossing over all his failings, that is their business. Everything else is just show and means nothing to the people at large.

Kamnkhwani
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Kamnkhwani
5 months 14 days ago

R I P

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