Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s planned visit to Mpumulo wa Bata mausoleum at Ndata Farm in Thyolo has been frustrated by family of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Nyasa Times earlier reported that to lay a wreath at Mpumulo wa Bata and pay homage to Mutharika as leader who had a great vision for the country just as Kamuzu Banda, the country’s founding President.
But the Mutharika family said much as they acknowledge Chakwera’s gesture, it would not be possible because of the injunction that government took against Bineth Trust restraining them from handling anything to do with the trust.
“Government obtained an injunction against Bineth Trust where Mpumulo wa Bata is and the visit by Chakwera is, therefore, impossible. But as a family, we acknowledge the gesture shown by the MCP leader,” One of Bingu’s daughters, Tapiwa Mutharika is quoted in the press saying.
Meanwhile, MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila who was a bitter critic of Mutharika on academic freedom, downplayed what observers noted that Chakwera may be denting him image by associating with Bingu who had poor human rights and a governance record.
Kabwila said Mutharika had his positives especially in food security.
“Bingu might have had a poor human rights record. In fact, I took a leading role during the academic freedom fight. But that cannot erase the fact that he did good things like making the country food secure,” said Kabwila as quoted by The Nation.
Meanwhile, Chakwera was on Friday in Thyolo at Bvumbwe on his Southern Region tour conducting political meetings.