Malawians on Thursday quietly remembered former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who is respected for bringing Malawi to a sound economic path from 2004 to 2009.
Bingu, brother to the current president Peter Mutharika, died after cardiac arrest at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on April 5, six years ago.
His family has not issued a statement on the commemoration calendar for the fallen Head of State but last year, the event was held at Ndata Farm where he is lying in Mpumulo wa Bata mausoleum.
State run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation did not run special programs as they did last year but privately owned but influential Zodiak did a voice pop in the streets of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Most people remembered Mutharika as a development conscious leader who had put Malawi’s ailing economy to a fast recovery and within his administration, it came second after the oil rich Qatar and the country grabbed positive headlines in international media.
He formed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after he quit the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that sponsored him into power in 2004 when former president Bakili Muluzi handpicked him as his successor.
However, his second term of office was marred with serious allegations of arrogance, political intolerance, dictatorship and extra judicial killings.
Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa, who was a political activist and a fierce critic of the former Head of State was abducted from his college and murdered in what a Commission of inquiry said was a state sponsored assassination and named some police officers and DPP cadres as suspects in the murder.
At least 20 Malawians were gunned down when they were protesting against his rule on July 20, 2011 by the police.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :