The late president Bingu wa Mutharika who succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest on April 5 2012 knew his days were numbered and that he was walking in the shadows of death that he summoned all his children four days before his demise to bid farewell and to encourage them not to lose hope in life after he has gone.
It appeared the late president had wanted in his life that one of his closest family members would take over from the reins of power after him judging from what he once told his youngest daughter many years ago even before ascending to the corridors of power.
In an eulogy monitored on the private owned Zodiak radio streaming online the late president’s daughter, Duwa Mutharika-Mubaira disclosed when the remains of her late father were being interred at Mpumulo wa Bata at Ndata farm in Thyolo how her late father summoned her and her other siblings to give surety to them.
“He told us that he treasured and loved us and that he lived for us. He told us that whatever he had accomplished in his life was for us,” a grief-stricken Duwa said.
Duwa also eulogized his father as a man of great vision and a person for all people who was always on song and quick to help those who needed his help.
“From the time I was young my father has always been available for us. He had time for everyone,” eulogised Duwa.
The late president’s daughter, Duwa who is the youngest daughter of late President Mutharika is married to Tonderai Mubaira of Zimbabwe, however had to put on a brave face and wore a thick skin to share a gag that her departed father had long prophesized that he would one day become the president of Malawi and that her would be his vice president.
“My father has been always been a man of vision. He told me that one day he would be the president of Malawi and that I would be the vice president,” said Duwa.
In his remarks, the late president’s brother, Peter Mutharika who is also minister of Foreign Affairs told Malawians that his late brother was a man of integrity and that if he slipped-up during his tenure of office he did it in error of judgement and not necessarily out of evil.