Late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s funeral will cost Malawians K150 million down from the budgeted K400 million.
Chairperson of the funeral’s main organizing committee, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Henry Mussa, said yesterday when he released the funeral programme.
Mussa said Mutharika’s remains will arrive this Saturday through Kamuzu International Airport where there will be a guard of honour by the Malawi Defence Force and prayers conducted by the Catholic Church.
Mussa said on Sunday the body will lie in state at the New State House in Lilongwe for family and friends to pay their last respects.
On Monday and Tuesday next, the body will lie in state at Parliament Building for the public to pay their last respects, before being taken to Mzuzu where it will lie in state at the Mzuzu State Lodge on Wednesday and Thursday.
The body will be flown to Blantyre the same Thursday where from Thursday to Saturday it will lie in state at Sanjika Palace for people in the Southern and Eastern Regions to view.
The programme shows that the body will lie in state on Sunday at Ndata Farm in Thyolo where Mutharika’s friends, relatives and people around Ndata, Mutharika’s personal farm, will view the body before burial on Monday (April 23).
Mussa said invitations have been sent to various Heads of States and African Union and Commonwealth.