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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36 thoughts on “Mutharika writes ‘Thank you’ letter to deceased man”

  1. wa noma says:

    kkkkk its funny

  2. Nathan says:

    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!

  3. His Excellence the Life President Wolemekedzeka Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Artillery Missile Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    kubalalika

  4. WAMISALA says:

    SYCHOLOGIST
    ATTENTION
    URGENTLY
    REQUIRED.

  5. mjiba says:

    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

  6. jaunky says:

    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?

  7. Waglory says:

    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.

  8. Mjiba says:

    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 as a medal or some form of cash to surviving widows and children. Thank you keep it up.

  9. Dr Tonde says:

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

  10. Chapa wane says:

    Chindele ichi ndithu sichiziwa kanthu chikuononga dziko. Kodi chinamupha nzake uja chikumusiya pati ameneyi?

  11. Thom Bandawe says:

    In fact recognition happens even when someone is dead. They are called Recognition posthumously.

    I don’t see an issue with this.

  12. Pension Nenereko says:

    you can take the horse to the river but you cannot force it to drink – Eye a Nyirenda anapatsa upresident now see what is happening! Pumani bwana

  13. Akungolonje says:

    Koma alangizi ake nawonso akutani? nkutheka kamba komuchulukira zochita, komanso kuganiza kwambiri za momwe angathetsere njalayi akumatha kuiwala zina ndi zina kuphatikizapo za imfa ya Kandoole wa kwathu kwa a Kasankha mmbali mwa Nyanja cha apo pa Malembopo ulendo wa ku Msaka. Kodi moti official letters ngati imeneyi kulibe alangizi responsible to handle them accordingly. Ndithu akuluwa tsiku lina tidzamva zoti aitanitsa munthu woti adatisiyanso kale for discussion at the state house – shameful old President.

  14. chemuyaya says:

    ayayayaya no wonder Kabwira and friends wants you out! Get out!

  15. George Mulewa says:

    mmmm mbuzi inu the letter indicate 2010 mwapanga edit zero to make is 6 anthu oipa, moto ukukudikilani and simungakhalenso president ana anjoka inu.

  16. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    “When you focus only on giants, you get bitten or eaten up by ants.” – Known Fact of Life
    The only big thing that matters to APM now is consolidating his power; thus nothing else matters to him.

    I feel for the wife . . .
    How will she deliver the letter to the departed husband? In thought, maybe? This is very disturbing!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    But I wouldn’t blame APM for the letter since he cant have all information about who is alive or dead in this country.
    I wouldn’t blame the one who delivered the letter either; coz he/she may have just been told or given the letter by APM for delivery to the wife or whoever or the deceased house.

    Nobody can have all information about everybody at all times; but to have no information (about whether someone you want to interact with, is alive or not) and assume that that someone is alive, is far better and well-meaning; than to assume that that someone is dead.
    Thus, though we make mistakes in life – lighter or grave or embarrassing – the most important thing is not to miss the lesson from it. I hope APM will do better next time.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  17. Kaphaizi kester says:

    Mkondiwa didnt do his job of advising pitala. Why was gje taken back from retirement? Mkondiwa isnt a performer

  18. youna says:

    By the way, who keeps the president’s diary?

  19. Holoholo kuseli kwa Tchemba says:

    Pamene munkavotera pitala mumati mukuvotera chani? Munthu? Chidude? Anthu kunalibe? JB anali kuti? Mwagwetsa dziko mudzenje.

  20. Moya says:

    That’s pure treason and seditious indeed. IG Lexton Kachama, pliz pliz arrest him for me, how can the whole State President do such a thing? Mmmmmmm, ayi ndithu, it’s a “trumped up” letter. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! I think he is very sick and too old for the Presidency! The best thing to do is just to throw in the towel.

  21. Badoga mangochi says:

    misala imeneyotu pitala, wakula upange resign pa mpando wa president!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Zenizeni says:

    Eya ngati sakudziwa zinthu ngati zimenezi ndize dziko angalithe?

  23. Witule says:

    Sad Sad Sad!!!! Something is wrong in the office of the President. Prof Kandoole was not just an ordinary member of the society but was an elite. I repeat something is terribly wrong in the office of the president. This should be investigated……I our president in control or some one else. With a legion of advisers, assistants Ministers….how does this happen on Mama earth!!! I wonder if the president is aware that three MCP mp’s have been arrested on trumped up charges……does our president read daily papers?? Hey assistants to the president mukutani…..!!!!

    Something terribly wrong…..investigations would help….how can the prsedint append his signature to a letter addresed to the late!!!!

  24. Kaya says:

    Yes, I am not at all wondering. This is the type of leadership that Malawi currently has. No wonder we have these challenges without foreseeable solutions. The country has really gone to the dogs in the name of DPP.

  25. Zenizeni says:

    Hahaha mdala uyo ndiye ndi mbatamadi. Ati president?

  26. S Ligomeka says:

    Za zii are u serious u dont find this news worthy? U must be an insane guy. Blind loyalty ikuzelezeketsani. Is normal to write to a dead person. Was it difficult for him to know that kandoole died last year? Mkondiwa sadamupatse official report? This shows that u and your president are both lunatics

  27. Kandowa says:

    Munthu ndi mbuzi uyu. Not fit to be president.

  28. SIR JOHN says:

    WHAT ONE DOESNT KNOW DOESNT EXIST AS THE SAYING GOES. SHAME TO THOSE WHO WOULD HAV DONE THEIR BEST TO LET APM KNOW ABOUT THE DEMISE OF THE GREAT ACADEMICIAN

  29. mphatso says:

    Goodall said kwacha will stabilise, and economy will improve what is happening is the oppossite, kwacha trading alomst at 800, it has become worthless. Kwacha can never appreciate Goodall wa Bodza, we can not make ends meet. tell IMF when they come here to allow us to be as refugees in there western countries, as there policies are so bad that we can not survive in our own country with our meagre salaries which have been eaten up by inflation and kwacha depreciation

  30. moya gongoliwa says:

    EEEEEH!!!Awa ndi mavuto basi Kabwila,Msonda ndi enawa samanama zinthu sizili bwino apa alomwenso tayamba kuopa kuti mlhakho tsiku lina su kakhala kuntcheu kwa kwataine?

  31. Za ziii says:

    Does real this worthy news? I have just wasted my time reading this. Don’t you have any tangible news to tell us? Does this really mean that the president is so clean to the extent that you can’t find any other weakness to expose him since you only tell us negativities about him at the expense of his good side?

  32. Juanky says:

    Zinthu ndiye zavutatu apa,komabe ma mistake amachitika tiyeni tibvomereze,even mutakhala inu,ndiponso mwalakwitsapo zambirimbiri

  33. kenneth says:

    Peter naye ndi munthu just like any other person. After all his plate is already full with other issues affecting his responsibilities….. mbuzi ndi anthu amene amuzungulila

  34. Dodoli says:

    No leadership. Malawi for you. Mavuto tili nawo. God forbiddoo!!!

  35. Ngalamayi says:

    …and this is the man in control of the nation and the welfare of its citizens??!! Malawi stands no chance!

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