Mutharika writes ‘Thank you’ letter to deceased man

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika has written a letter recommending the good works of an academician, the late Professor Benson Kandoole, six months after his death.Mutharika's letter

Mutharika writes to the death

Mutharika writes to the death

The letter is dated 8th February 2016 and there is no indication in the letter that the President is aware that the late Kandoole died on August 4, 2015 despite his death being well chronicled in local media.

In fact, Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa and cabinet minister Bright Msaka attended the burial ceremony of the late Kandoole at Kasankha Village in Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi District on Saturday August 8, 2015.

Many more top civil servants and government officials also attended the late Kandoole’s funeral both at his retirement home in Area 12 in Lilongwe and at his final resting place in Mangochi.

The President’s letter has been written as if Kandoole is still alive and in the end the President is ‘wishing you success in your future undertakings’.

The letter has sent deep worries among the ruling elite on whether the president is indeed  is in ‘control’  and in touch with development of the country.

The late Professor Kandoole, a long time academician and former Executive Director of Malawi Institute of Management (MIM), was a member of the Public Universities Working Committee (PUWC) which was appointed by the late President Bingu Mutharika, brother to the incumbent President.

“Dear Prof Benson Kandoole, It gives me great pleasure to thank you, on behalf of the Government of Malawi, for your commendable contribution to the promotion of this country’s higher education,” reads the letter in part.

“I have read with interest the Status Report on the work of the Public Universities Working Committee (PUWC), since its appointment in December 2010, by the late State President, His Excellency Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika. I am also aware that you were an active member of the Committee,” adds the letter.

“….I am therefore, grateful for your personal contribution to the successful completion of the mandate of the Working Committee, and I wish you success in your future undertakings,” concludes the letter signed by the President himself.

Impeccable sources said the letter was hand delivered to the late Kandoole’s wife in Lilongwe last week.

The letter is likely to show how ‘disconnected’ the President is with things going on the ground and also ‘expose’ the competence of his staff who handle communication like memorandums.

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wa noma
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wa noma
7 months 4 days ago

kkkkk its funny

Nathan
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7 months 4 days ago

Pitala akuyenda koma ndiwakufa kale, ali ngati mdzukwa. Kalatayi ankalemba ali ku Gehena, ndiye ankafuna chithandizo kwa wakufayo kuti kapena nayenso angapite ku moyo wosatha. Chimenechi ndi chiyambi cha Cardiac arrest!

His Excellence the Life President Wolemekedzeka Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Artillery Missile Manthakanjenjemereza
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His Excellence the Life President Wolemekedzeka Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Artillery Missile Manthakanjenjemereza
7 months 4 days ago

kubalalika

WAMISALA
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WAMISALA
7 months 4 days ago

SYCHOLOGIST
ATTENTION
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REQUIRED.

mjiba
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mjiba
7 months 4 days ago

Nothing wrong. The only sentences that shouldn’t be there is the last one and the address. Thank you His Excellency for Posthumously remembering the contribution of this late Professor who was at the helm of MIM when it was MIM

jaunky
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jaunky
7 months 4 days ago

I think you poeple mukusowa cholankhula,to me the president has no problem koma omuzungulirawa,how can a memorandum from State House come out without a thorough check,something fishy is going on at the state house,some personal assistants are trying to sabotage the President.Your Excellency chitanipo kanthu,musese onse responsible for typing,checking etc,zandidabwitsa zedi how can this happen to a high office?

Waglory
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7 months 4 days ago

Za zii says this is not newsworthy,tell us what news is? What positive thing has Bwampini done worthy talking about. Your blue blood is misleading you big time dunderhead.

Mjiba
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Mjiba
7 months 4 days ago
Writing posthumous letters to folks who have done exceedingly well is not a new thing in leadership. The only problem I see with this posthomous letter of thanks to Dr. Ben Kandoole for his outstanding achievements among many as quoted by the President, is the sentence which starts with “and I wish you…… and the address of the person, it should have been addressed to the surviving widow. Your Excellency thank you for this kind gesture to the late Prof. Ben Kandoole, aliponso ena who deserve this recognition, may you thank them as well, and of course a token such… Read more »
Dr Tonde
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Dr Tonde
7 months 4 days ago

This is a doctored letter. Its not genuine. Nyasatimes paja newspaper ya Atumbuka. matako anu mxiew

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