Bingu regretted picking Joyce Banda as runningmate, says Malawi leader Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika has said his late brother, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, confided in him that he had  regretted picking former president Joyce Banda as his running mate in 2009 elections.

Late Bingu (L), Banda (C) and Mutharika Looting took place under their watch: Late Bingu (L), Banda (C) and Mutharika

Banda made history becoming Malawi’s first female president and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa in 2012 when she ascended to power following the death of Bingu  who died in office after heading up the southern Africa country since 2004.

Bingu wa Mutharika’s decision to appoint her as his running mate for the 2009 elections surprised many in Malawi’s mainly conservative, male-dominated society – which had never before had a female vice-president.

But speaking on Saturday on arrival in Mzuzu, a  visibly charged Mutharika said Bingu regretted the choice of Banda.

“I want to tell you two things that Bingu told me he regretted. One was to select Joyce Banda as runningmate  and two marrying that woman (Callista Mutharika).

“And that’s the truth, God is my witness, Bingu told me that,” said Mutharika.

Banda and the incumbent President have had a bad relationship as the former president publicly protested against Bingu – by refusing to endorse his plans for his brother, the current President , to succeed him as president in 2014 when he was due to retire.

She was promptly thrown out of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and subjected to daily doses of derision at public rallies and on Malawi’s state airwaves.

Banda also resisted calls for her to resign as the country’s vice-president – she was elected not appointed so she could not be fired  and instead set up her own People’s Party (PP).

President Peter Mutharika was elected in 2014 after Joyce Banda was embroiled in the “Cashgate” scandal when government officials siphoned off millions of dollars of public money.

Mutharika is also on record claiming  that Banda and her PP government wanted to kill him during the time when he was in the opposition.

The President recounted the challenges he went through to become Malawi’s leader, saying Banda put his life under threat and that  Bingu “ mysteriously died” after Nigerian  Prophet TB  Joshua, a spiritual father of Banda, predicted correctly his death while serving as the State President of Malawi.

“In the two years we were in opposition, I was earmarked either for the graveyard or prison. Every criminal accusations was made and every attempt on life was tried,” Mutharika is on record as saying.

During the Banda administartion, Mutharika faced treason charges for allegedly trying to prevent Banda from ascending into power.

Mutharika said that it was only by the grace of God that he managed to survive five assassination plots in the run up to Malawi’s national elections in 2014.

“When I was campaigning to lead this country, I was hunted like a criminal. I survived five assassination attempts. I am happy that most of you gave me refuge, solace and courage. You have been the fortitude of the persecuted as Christ wishes,” he was quoted as saying at the time.

Banda is interested to run in the elections against Mutharika during next year’s Tripartite polls.

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The question APM should be asking himself is: Why is it that the two Vice Presidents in DPP under the Mutharikas have formed their own parties.

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That is hear say madala!! Nde ife mukufuna tikamva zopanda pakazo titani? Awanso awaaaaaaaaaaa kuchititsa manyazi! The whole president busy ndi zopanda pake ngati zimenezo!! Mukuona ngati mukati amanena zimenezo ndi Bingu nde anthu achita chani? Khalidwe lonyozanani zikuoneka ndi khalidwe lanuuuuuuuuuu agogo!! Shame on the presidencyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, tinapatsa olakwikaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

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You can’t buy my sympathy. Crying already? Wina alira

Nzika ya Malawi
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It is you who is wicked as your name says it all. U president amasiyirana paubale ngati ufumu? Ukagwere, Mxiew!

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Nzika ya Malawi

APM ndiwe munthu wopanda nzeru ndiponso wabodza. Nthawi yonseyi suumanena zonsezi pano ndiye wayamba fwefwefwe bodza chifukwa Calista wachoka mu DPP? Usiye mzimu wa Bingu uuse mumtendere, usamunamizire Bingu. Apo bii, ukukantha. Sindiwe yemwe unamusankha Calista kuti akhale advisor wako? Pano ndiye waipa wayamba kumusemera chinyau? JB usalimbane nayenso si size yako as you wanted to get the presidency on a silver platter, mmalo mwake n’kuberanso mavote.. Wazungulira mutu iwe, upite ku Zomba akakupime bwinobwino coz you are not normal! Mxiew!

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And Alamu Pumbwa mwakalamba regrets having picked Saulos Chilima. You are simply bad people. Kwagwereni uko. You use others like condoms.

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We also regret to welcome you from exile and the worse regret is by putting you as our President,though it wasn’t our wishful but you stole our votes to become a President.

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Has this President lost direction or what?

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We thought by having a professor this country was going to change, iyi ndithu.

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Dead men don’t talk. That is why Bingu was called Daniel Phiri in his death. You are callous, all because you wanted to be the president. You committed a crime by plotting to prevent JB from ascending to power. You were supposed to be in jail by now. You treason case was real.

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