Former first lady Callista Mutharika, who has been in the news recently attacking the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday was no show at private memorial mass of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika at Chingadzi Catholic Parish in Thyolo .
A representative of the family Arthur Peter Masamba said Callista, Bingu’s widow, was informed about the service for the departed leader who died of cardiac arrest in April 2012.
Callista is on record to have told private-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation (ZBS) that she got a call from a family member that the memorial service —apparently the public one—was cancelled.
She said on Sunday she had “anothther memorial service in Bunda.”
Speaking after the mass, the President called on Malawians to stand united, saying doing so would benefit the country.
While saying the country has had two presidents from the same family and Thyolo Distruct, referring to himself and Bingu, the Malawi leader said discipline and hard work is what has earned them success; hence the need for Malawians to follow suit.
President Mutharika donated K1 million to the Chingadzi Parish through Father Damazio Ngoma.
Last year, Mutharika, his second in command Saulos Chilima, First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and former Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda were among dignitaries who attended Bingu’s fifth memorial anniversary at Ndata.
Also in attendance were Bingu’s widow Callista, and the late president’s children and relatives.