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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33 thoughts on “Malawians remember Bingu, presidential aide asks for statue”

  1. Kwinindo says:

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

  2. Kadakwiza says:

    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 Centre. We also remember Bingu when he chased the British High Commissioner to Malawi. How can we forget 21 people killed on July 2011. May His Soul Continue to Rest In Peace.

  3. alhomwe atilaula says:

    Kaya ine zokamba ndilibe, anga ndi maso!

  4. Namulangeni says:

    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

  5. Winston Msowoya says:

    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!!!

  6. bobolongwe says:

    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.

  7. sukutumpwelembwe says:

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

  8. Bongololo says:

    Zopusa eti?

  9. Chimunthu says:

    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.

  10. Kamnkhwani says:

    R I P

  11. Manuel says:

    Dalitso,what if i say Chasowa was killed by pro-JB activists/blackmailed CSO(CS’I’)s the same way Mphwiyo was to go? Can u come wth scientific evidence to dispute this?

  12. cheNamalaka!!!! says:

    Koma anthuni mwasowadi chochita sichoncho?zowonadi galu amene uja mpaka tisagone tulo chifukwa cha memorial???newenso pitala magalasi kungokhala ngati wasataniki bwanji?usamayiwaletu kuti udalowera pawindo pamnyapako.

  13. ineyo says:

    Anyone to take part in the erection of the statue chidzagwere and should die there as well.

    How can u erect a statue for someone whose death was celebrated country wide… stop pretending we all know this……

    …. Calista we know u are a gold digger …. ana owapedza akukukana mpakana pano …. what else can u say apart from telling people us lies… do u still remember what u said at malivenji in mzuzu? ‘ Anthu osauka inu ati mumafuna mafuta?’ inu mumafuna zitukuko ngati iizi! .. referring to maternity waiting shelter…. the dullest first lady ever..

    Statue using funds raised from well wishers or the one that bingu stole from us. he failed to build even a two bedroomed house while in diaphragm only to do that with swagger after attaining presidency… K15 billion mansion at ñdata.

  14. Winston Msowoya says:

    Iam now driven to comprehend that a chunk of Malawians are untutored.I was taken aback to read someone’s remarks that the State must erect an effigy of the rate corrupt and tyrannous Bingu Thomas Muthalika as if a semi-maunsolium built at his small White House in Cholo (Thyolo ?) costing billions of public funds is not enough.Actually,what is it that Bingu did to the nation to deserve that? I have personally with respect and my patriotic zeal appeal to Peter’s regime to repatriate Chipembere’s remains back to Malawi for the great task he performed in the independence struggle,but to no avail,history is something inexpugnable and above all history,is a great gift to human life.To me and indeed,to millions of well-thought Malawians still recognize Masauko Chipembere as our indisputable hero who died far away from the land he fought so hard,but never enjoyed his sweat.The unending social problems we are encountering in Malawi,attributed to Masauko’s and the like’s spirits which are laying deep down in foreign lands.I strongly believe that the two fake Muthalika’s are totally responsible for Malawi’s unfortunate trends.

  15. Man of God says:

    Did he die on 5th or 7th April? Lero ndiye mwavomereza kuti anamwalira pa 5? The you have also accepted that you really carried a corps to South Africa. But akweni, do you remember that that time you informed the nation that the president was getting better in a South African hospital? What do you say today? Lero mukunena mopanda manyazi, kumati anafa pa 5 April? Brainless woman! Muzisamala polankhula. Anthu opanda manyazi inu.

  16. wandala says:

    Wat was the exactly date that our late president died?can someone explain to me pls.

  17. Panama Scandal says:

    Not all malwians were doing that. It was a cross section of people. People still remembers some bad things he did to the nation. We respect those who were commemorating his life. He was a human being,he had relatives. Musamati amalawi onse,ine mulibemo mmenemo.

  18. Jelbin Mk says:

    No need to remember him, it only reminds me how that horrible man named Bingu divided our country into tribal and regional lines. He never cared for Malawi he never loved Malawi because if he did he would not have hidden our hardly earned taxes under the bed n overseas. I don’t want even to hear anything to do with him.

  19. Lover boy says:

    Nkazi wanga Calista, I will always love you

  20. Mbonga Matoga says:

    What about the 92Billion that he stole from you fool Malawians always hero worshipping the dead.

    What about the dictatorial tendencies he developed during his second term including changing the Malawi flag …….have you deliberately forgotten all this?

  21. Ze Roberto says:

    It think the speeches were communicating something to the incumbent idiot of a president. For instance, while this country did not starve during Bingu the scenario is in sharp contrast under Peter.

  22. Achanda Atonga says:

    When did Bingu Wa Mutharika die. MBC Tv last week through Geoffrey Kapusa Sai he died on 5th April, if I look closely at his chiliza here, it reads; Died 6th April, I have his funeral DVD, on the cross which was carried then reads; Died 7th April. Peter Mutharika, u r a president now, I know dates were manipulated for u to avoid treason case, but tell us the actual date of his death.

  23. kabuthu THE GREAT says:

    HE WAS MY HERO.ALWAYS I WILL REMEMBER HIM

  24. MERCEDES says:

    MAY HIS SOUL CONTINUE REST IN PEACE!

  25. TAPULIKA says:

    Mutharika did not love this country, sorry Calista. IF HE LOVED THIS COUNTRY HE WOULD NOT HAVE STOLEN BILLIONS FROM MALAWIANS, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SENDING DPP CADRES TO BOMB AND KILL HIS CRITICAL.
    HE TURNED HIMSELF INTO A DICTATOR. IF HE HAD NOT DIED, MALAWI WOULD HAVE DEGENERATED INTO A CIVIL WAR.
    PEOPLE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THERE IS GOD ABOVE ANY AUTHORITY. GOD WILL ALWAYS INTERVENE WHEN THINGS GET OUT OF HAND. PETER MUTHARIKA SHOULD BE WARNED THAT IF HIS DPP SUPPORTERS START THE POLITICAL VIOLENCE, GOD WILL INTERVENE AGAIN.

  26. Greencardless Malawian says:

    A MPHEPO TANGOKHALANI PHEE APA!

  27. Mlauzi says:

    Bingu was indeed visionary though stubborn at times osati zalerozi and never, l repeat never did he once say ” lne ndiribe problem”

  28. Ndikumukumbukira mkulu mzanguyu pazomwe adayankhula pa 20july 11

  29. Jokujoku says:

    DPP don’t hide behind presidential Aids, its just in Peter Muthalikas plan to build a statue for his fallen brother and NOT what you are saying that ” If Government doesn’t have monetary power , you can source from well wishers” which well wishers, just say ‘ Peter just build it for your brother.’ It will be governments money to be used. Ask Voola he will tell you more about the hatched plan

  30. dalitso says:

    Nonsense, a msusa mukuti chiani apa? Bingu was a thug & criminal apart from being our President. This villian does not deserve being called a great leader. That is hypocrisy & stupidity at worst, he was just a leader but never great, never God forbid. This holdrum & his cadets terrorised Malawi killing more than 20 innocent civilians & you call him great? This embecile slaughtered Robert Chasowa in cold blood & you call him great? Has the word great changed its meaning or its typical malawian hypocrisy & stupidity of praising mediocrity on death and never calling a spade by its name. Za ziii! we don’t need his statute, he nearly set the country ablaze if it weren’t for God’s intervention Malawi would have been an inferno so spare us the mediocrity because this is 2016 & we are clever now & we know who he was, a THUG at state house that is what he was. Its an insult to the Mandelas, the Gandhis & other great leaders to include Bingu the war criminal in their category. That is outright absurd.

  31. Jahan says:

    Statute? For someone who Malawians celebrated his death? Kaya!

  32. jean maona says:

    Bingu did not turn Malawi into a bread basket. Please do not exaggerate. he was an ok president, no more no less.

  33. talira nannjerema says:

    first and second ladies were not at a memorial . They were at a fashion show of suits and huge hats that covered their painted faces. Thank you Madam Calista and Akweni Patricia for praying with poor Thyolo people. Kumeneko ne ndiye kuvala pakati pa anthu osawuka. Osati zinzazo za shobiz

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