Memorials set for Malawi dictators Bingu, Kamuzu

Malawi will from this weekend witness memorial services of its two dictators Kamuzu Banda and Bingu wa Mutharika.

Bungu (L) and Kamuzu

Bungu (L) and Kamuzu

The first memorial service will be of Bingu which his younger brother, President Peter Mutharika will attend on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Ndata Farm in Thyolo.

Bingu died on 5 April 2012 after a cardiac arrest and was buried at his sprawling farm in Thyolo next to his first wife Ethel in a huge white marble mausoleum called ‘Mpumulo wa Bata’ and labelled Taj Mahal by the media.

During the seven year rule of late Bingu wa Mutharika, an economist turned politician, Malawi suffered chronic fuel shortages which led to widespread civil unrest amid an increase in general inflation.

The controversial statesman was condemned by the international community in July 2011 when 20 people died after he deployed the army to crush protests against his government.

Late Mutharika was criticised when he expelled UK’s high commissioner to Malawi when the diplomat expressed concern over his autocratic rule.

The tyrant lashed out against Britain amid speculation the UK could cut aid to developing nations which fail to protect gay rights.

Kamuzu Day

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) also announced it will next week have a memorial of Malawi’s autocratic first president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, on May 14 which was his birthday and it’s a public holiday in Malawi.

Banda, the self-styled “president-for-life” ruled the country with an iron fist for three decades, but was finally beaten at the ballot box in 1994 in the country’s first multi-party elections.

After his death three years later, he was buried in a humble grave but a multi-million dollar mausoleum was constructed by late Bingu wa Mutharika which has, among other things, a library, a dancing arena, a viewing bay for Banda’s remains and a research centre where people can find out information about Malawi’s history

Hastings Kamuzu Banda died in November 1997.

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59 thoughts on “Memorials set for Malawi dictators Bingu, Kamuzu”

  1. Lee Kachoka says:

    Pity…….whole top man at a memo rial service of a fallen leader saying “JB killed Bingu.” Really? Thats a very serious allegation.Can the honourable self produce evidence which should be tested in a court of law?Za chisoni kum va. Zikaoneka,tidzifatsa,kufunsa nzeru akulu ndi ena okwima mag anizo, tisanalankhule pa maliro kapena pa chikumbutso ngati mmene zinalili ku Ndata masiku apitawa.Dont be childish…death and memorial events are serious mements….well-informed head of the family didnt even respond to that painful part…. Showed leader ship….Mbwiye! Mwanyanya

  2. GRAMPS GREGORY says:

    Pitilizani kugwira mbuzi zimenezo. Amalawi akudikira chilungamo. Chinauluka kenako Chatera. Chilungamo chiyende ngati Madzi

  3. Lusekelo says:

    Ansanje ziku vutani ndithu! kanyereni, ngati mwalemedwa.

  4. Lusekelo says:

    Kodi chifukwa chiani, an AFRICAN president akakhala ozondikila azungu amadana naye? namagwiritsa mafrica anzake calling him names, like Dictator, what, what what? not fair A malawi dzikani kutulo, mudkakhala zoseterapo, azikutchubulani, mukakhala ozondikira, kukutayirani matope, ………….Pray to god , akuzindikilitseni zoyenera nziti?

  5. tuvitwana says:

    TO HELL WITH BINGU, I WIDHED VENDORS FROM MOZAMBIQUE KEM TO buy HIS ROTTEN BONES. STUPID
    OLD MAN NEPOTISTIC A FOOOL WHO BROT QUARTER SYSTEM IN EDUCATION. U THOT U WOULDN’T DIE EEEH.?

  6. Ethurama says:

    Dr.Kamuzu(RIP)founded Malawi…wasn’t a Dictator at his time.Bingu in day light democracy stole our money to build amulti -million resting place for his bones,boasted & killed demonstrators,killed Robert(RIP),sent Nervin back to the Britain…no worthy reasons,warned CSOs on demonstrations or pay K3million before demos..remember this is not scribed in public orders that govern the land, fuel shortages,foreign currency….the list is long.A Dictator inside democratic rule.THUMBS UP TO BAKILI & JOYCE BANDA!! The goodness is to say we can not twist history.

  7. ngoni wachi tonga says:

    GOOD THINGS DO NOT LAST LONGER-ABWINO SAKHALITSA PA DZIKO.LETS HAVE ONE HOLIDAY TO COMMEMOLATE THESE TWO GREAT SONS OF AFRICA.MAY THEIR SOULS LEST IN PEACE.

  8. Nivindele says:

    I really wish thieves should break the graves for both these dictators and leave they rotting bodies open so dogs and a khwangwala can feast on them. Let their souls find no peace here on earth and in hell where they belong. RIP Robert Chasowa

  9. one malawi one people says:

    I don’t understand the motive of this headline. ….dictators?…

  10. obwande says:

    Lets celebrate in style they were good leaders.

  11. Mbola says:

    I know Mr Muheya very well, he always see things in an upside manner, he is failing to see remarkable developments that the two giants left. His professionalism has been corrupted by handouts from power hungry people who have been rejected by Malawians. Uphulika ndi jealous uona.

  12. Mavuto Jasten says:

    No more presedent..in our country Malawi like Kamuzu Munakankhala munakali moyo enafe sibwezi tilikuno kuti South Africa plz we be together on that day may your soul Rest In PC a Banda.

  13. Mmopiya says:

    Nyasa times please don’t confuse Malawians are you trying to rewrite Malawi history ,take time to do some research on Malawi ,M.C.P. Kamuzu was not self styled life president ,he was duly elected as life president at a convention in 1971.
    We know Nyasatimes hates Kamuzu the father and founder of the Malawi nation but you can never erase his achievements and never re-write History.

  14. ujeni says:

    Dictators never brought development, if they did in their combined 40 year rule Malawi would not be poor as it is. Why are we lacking hospitals, roads, schools, houses , yet these dictators ruled 40 years out of 50 years.

    Travel and see if US, UK, Sweden, Norway and many others developed because of dictators. As the saying goes, you think your mum is the best cook until you travel and taste other peoples cooked food. I’m being polite here.

  15. Mwanna says:

    Nanunso a Kachasu, Kamuzu Day ndi tsiku lobadwa Kamuzu, mwatani kodi. Kodi Muheya kwanu nkuti bambo ako si aja anali MP wa DPP, Mulanje/Phalombe. Kunyoza anthu omwe anabweretsa chitukuko mMalawi, wandichititsa manyazi iwe, imfa ikukutsata.

  16. DR Late Bingu Wamuthalika he was the father of the Malawi nation and his soul must rest in peace.He was developing our country but death is uncontrollable thing

  17. George Lihoma. says:

    The so called dictators are the only leaders that did tangible developments to this country in as far as poor Malawi is concerned. Africa needs autocratic leaders to develop coz ndichikhalidwe chaathu. Timafuna ulamuliro monga waachifumu woti munthu ukalakwitsa mmudzi, amfumu amakhala ndi mphamvu yomusamutsa munthu mmudzi mwawo. Izi za democracy’zi zikutibweletsera mavuto monga Xenophobia. The youth are becoming overzealous with these so called freedoms in assuming that they have the freedoms to do whatever they might even freedom not to go to school. End result, our society is shifting into abyss. Hahahahahaha.

  18. your testicles says:

    these two were heroes and true patriots. as bingu always said “if only i had come in straight after kamuzu.”

    anthu awiriwa amadana ndi zopusa, and if lazyness, idleness, stupidity and development phobia are your type of thing, then you may truly think of them as dictators, but many of us will love them till we die.

    RIP destroyers of colonial and economic federations.

  19. your testicles says:

    these two were heroes and true patriots. as bingu always said “if only i had come in straight after kamuzu.”

    anthu awiriwa amadana ndi zopusa, and if lazyness, idleness, stupidity and development phobia are your type of thing, then you may truly think of them as dictators, but many of us will love them till we die.

    RIP destroyers of colonial and economic federations

  20. CHEKUCHEKU says:

    Bingu Wa Mutharika Was A Very Great Man. What Ever You Can Say Will Not Change His Status. Go To Lilongwe And See Ntchito Za Manja Ake Zikakuchitila Umboni. We Will Celeblate His Life On Saturday. May The Soul Of Chitsulo Cha Njanji Rest In Eternal Peace.

  21. UYO says:

    Indedi mukalemba zokhudza mbiri ya munthu osamangokamba mbali imodzi ,akulu akuluwanso anachita zinthu zikuluzikulu zambiri zobwinonso zosayiwalika.Zitsanzo ukuzidziwa kale….

  22. Likoma Economist says:

    Building expensive mauseliums for and investing in dead; instead of investing in the living and future generation. This kind of thinking shocks me.

  23. emmily says:

    Mr Muheya, say whatever you want. But to me Kamuzu was simply the best and Bingu anali amuna aja!!

  24. shaaaa! says:

    koma amalawi kukonda kunyoza maliro.Mudzalemekeza ndanii pa Malawi pano kodi?mwina akadzafa ambuyanu mudzawalemekeza eti?

  25. TATI says:

    Bingu was a traitor and Kamuzu was a dictator you can not shield these ruthless guys we had hard times during their reigns no doubt about it.Ithink they are both languishing in hell fire for the senseless killings,attrocities and inhumanities they committed.
    “BEHIND A DICTATOR there are distractors who benefit from these unhealthy actions hence all these defences”

  26. haward says:

    Green Muheya ukamalemba zinthu chonde usamale kunyoza bcoz ulemu wako ukuchoka. Muluzi ndi JB sadali ma dictator koma adapangapo chani chotukula dziko lino kuposera kuba kusokoneza chuma chomwe mukuwanyozawa atabweretsa mdziko muno.

  27. Norman Chilewani says:

    Chipini

    Bingu was a man of the people. You can say whatever you want but his dream of developing this country leaves on. Ntchito za manja ake zikumuchitila umboni.

  28. wokwiya says:

    Malawi needs dictators to develop. What have these so called Democrats done for us. Go ku LL City Center and point at a building that was constructed during the Bakili era and compare to what was done during these great men you call dictators.
    This time around I do not want African Dictators or Democrats to rule us. This time I want Atsamunda to come back

  29. Chololo>luzi says:

    Can U Choose 1 Day For All Dead President

  30. Mai c says:

    Kodi bwanji athu simumafuna kumuyamikila muthu?zitukuko zose anasiya papa bingu sizikukongolesa matauni mulimo? Omangonyoza muchite manyazi mupange chanu tiwone ngati akuwombera manjawo atazakuyamikeni kupusa

  31. Guevara says:

    zoti Bingu anali dictator sindupanga nawo anakudyelani chani kodi. chofukwa sanafune kumva zako basi wati umutchule dictator. wabhowa bwanji. forever Mose wa Lero. MHSRIP

  32. special advisor says:

    Every gogo that is called a witch, just because they are old and have lived long, has sons and grannies that have deep, reverent love for the gogo. Us too have our strong sides and bad sides. It is on a white puece of cloth where dirt is more visible. Everyone will do the nation a favor to acknowledge the contributions that the two sons of Malawi made, and to draw clear lessons from their errors and shortfalls. Blindly deifying them is conspiracy. But vilifying them and dismissing them as good for nothings is unforgivable ingratitude. Yet still, if indeed we want to recognize their contributions as statesmen, we can’t make these memorials to be family or party matters. These should be national memorials. Therefore, I also agree with suggestions to have one holiday, president’s day and a national memorial service. What parties and families do should be supplementary.

  33. Realest says:

    The writer would rather a president like joyce banda who opened govt coffers for all thay were close to her just like acheya. The difference btween this two dictators and acheya or jb is that the so called dictators had strict principles which r needed especially in malawi. And seriously only Kamuzu fits the title given here as dictator.

  34. Bizzo says:

    Koma mukang’anitsitsa they r the only guys omwe anachita chitukuko champhambu mdziko muno.And to me Bingu sanali dictator,mwinadi Kamuzu.zimene mwanenazo zakusowa kwa fuel n foreign currency siudicteta.

  35. phwiyonaire says:

    Amuheya…umbuli? Kapena chani? Bingu dictator? Munapita nazo kusukulu zolembazi koma? Inu a Nyasa, munamutola kuti munthuyi? Chisoni.

  36. chinakanaka says:

    Nyasatimes ur last paragraph is not correct, Bingu never built a multimillion dollar mausoleum with amenities u have mentioned, that was the plan but it was not completed!

  37. Matrobwino says:

    Thank God Posalola Kuti Chipani Cholanda Madzira Chibwelelenso Mboma. God Allowed The Party That Served Malawi Best To Continue Its Leadership. No Matter What You Can Say But A Leader Is Choosen By God Himself. If You Are Not A Good Leader God Can Not Allow You To Lead His Pple.

  38. mohamed says:

    Let’s make only aday for remembering our late presindents and stop mentioning the bad side of them at all,let’s unite and pray for them that Allah must forgive them and their saul rest in internal peace

  39. hk says:

    Who gives a damn about them?? Worse dictators must be remembered and celebrated while revolutionists like chihana,Orton chirwa and kanyama chiume’s graves must gather dust? You want to celebrate a fake kamuzu who after 30years of ruling his people could not even greet In chewa or any other local language. He messed with chewa peoples minds by pretending he was kamuzu the Malawian and now 20years later after his timely death we are compelled to cerebrate this moron? I’m a tumbuka I will not celebrate any of those 2 thugs…you can keep your celebrations.

  40. concerned says:

    Eish!!!… Nyasaland.

  41. tchadiwiki says:

    Jiii!!!! Something very wrong with the headindg. Why are you trying to flog dead horses? Let the dead lie

  42. Chris luka says:

    Malo mokamba zaanthu amoyofe kuti mutithangata bwanji ndikusowa zochita m’mziko muno aaaah! Ukundiye kupanda nzeru kapena kudzikonda bwanji simufuna kuganizira osauka wakufa amadziwa kanthu khalani ndi mtima woka anthu wena

  43. Tsiripas says:

    So you call this defamations freedom of speech??

  44. honourable says:

    They were all dictators , someone is trying to differentiate between Bingu and Kamuzu. They were all the same. Vision can not make them less dictators. Lets learn to be honest.

  45. stivo says:

    just love the heading, no sugar coating, kuwatchula malinga ndi zintchito zawo akanganya amenewa!

  46. Sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    Malawi is very poor country.We don’t need many useless holidays.One day can cover for all those dead presidents.If America was to have holiday for every individual dead president,they would stay for the whole month shedding buckets of tears without working.We need to value working in Malawi than politicising every single day.Ndife chiseka khomo kwa amphawi.

  47. chejali says:

    Kkkkkkk binngu adafa adafa kudatha basi

  48. Tony Chosalele says:

    Very true BIngu was not a dictator. Honestly he was a Good Man. MHSRIP

  49. Bennet Phiri says:

    Both were dictators but they brought development osati Atcheya Gama ndi Abiti Mtila, ndalama zongothyolera mthumba…..

  50. Chipapwiche says:

    This article is an embarrassment to Nyasatimes!! The writer should have done a thorough research. Is it true that Bingu’s rule was characterized by shortage of fuel? Was Kamuzu a sef-styled life president. Follow the events in Nkhatabay that made him one. Green Muheya,mwatani kodi?

  51. DR NEUTRAL CITIZEN says:

    Was Bingu a dictator. Atumbuka mumafuna kusokeletsa anthu bwanji. That is why we always read about Livingstonia Synod. Atumbuka a Ku Kanengo nanunso school sidakupindulireni. Just accept that if Chakufwa Chihana failed to rule this country, you will never. Let’s honour our fallen Presidents. The dreamer is dead but the dreams are still alive.

  52. ujeni says:

    Where in the world do the commemorate and celebrate lives of dictators? idi Amin in Uganda, Saddam Hussien In Iraq, Hitler in Germany, do they celebrate them like in Malawi? We are sick in the head in Malawi. Is there a difference with King Zwelenthini celebrating xeno attacks, not at all am afraid.

  53. John Kachasu says:

    I think Kamuzu day should be replaced with President Day. This will cover all the future dead presidents. Other than a holiday for every dead president.

  54. Zaya ku nkhongo says:

    I think Dr H.K. Banda deserve a memorial service not this Bingu thing,he was nothing but a traitor.

    1. not benefiting malawians although Bingu was very clever than shotbwai kamuzu anapha amfumu akwathu

  55. He he says:

    Kusowa chochita mkuthekanso ali ku jahena nanga ife tingadziwe?

  56. john says:

    Seriously Nyasa could have done better.Why calling them names.

  57. Mhesha says:

    If Bingu were a dictator, would you write and scorned him the way u did? Bingu was never a dictator.
    I am of age therefore will only agree with u on Kamuzu because for a long time he opposed pluralism. He detained so many people without trial and Bingu never did that. Bingu was just a disciplinarian.

  58. [email protected] says:

    when men were still Men??????

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