Jumani’s mum dated Kamuzu: Exclusive

The mother to Jim Jumani Johansson, who demanded a DNA paternity test to prove that he was a son of founding president of the country, Kamuzu Banda, is said to have confessed that she was in a relationship with the dictator’s nephew also known as Kamuzu.

Nyasa Times sources close to the family said Jumani’s own biological mother, Miriam Kaunda-Johansson, a former Miss Malawi is said to have told his son that she had dated late Kamuzu Mzaza of Kasungu, a nephew of Kamuzu Banda.

Jumani: Mum dayed Kamuzu Mzaza not Kamuzu Banda

“They dated in the 70’s but they did not marry. It was a great relationship,” a family source told Nyasa Times.

“ Mirriam was very proud of the guy and as Jumani was growing up, he used to hear his mother talk about Kamuzu. Unfortunately Mzaza passed away years ago. This is the Kamuzu which Jumani mistook for Hastings Kamuzu Banda being his father,” the source added.

The family said the mother stressed to Jumani that his real father is Muhammad Jogee, (a Malawian of Indian descent and a chartered accountant who moved to England years ago).

“It is important to note that I am the biological mother to Jumani. I gave birth to this child and what he is saying  [that Kamuzu Banda is his father] is not true,” Kaunda is on record saying.

“His biological father is Muhammad Jogee. I told him of his biological father when he was a little boy,” said Kaunda-Johansson.

Because of the close connection to people related to Kamuzu Banda, Kaunda was easily asked to compete for Miss Malawi beauty pageant in 1977 much as she had had a child in 1974 in the name of Jumani. No one would question that. Also because of that connection, she could easily be asked to be assigned a job at Air Malawi as a hostess.

Nyasa Times also understands that Kamuzu’s niece, Ms Jane Dzanjalimodzi, had also a relationship with Mr Kaunda, brother to Mirriam in the mid 70’s.

“They had a child who is living. Mr Kaunda ran away to Zambia for fear of reprisals having impregnated Kamuzu Banda’s niece,” a source told Nyasa Times.

Jumani was deported to Sweden where his mother stays following an immigration issues with Malawi authorities shortly after he allegedly called President Bingu wa Mutharika “stupid”.

Jumani's mum, Miriam Kaunda

Kamuzu Banda served as Malawi’s first president from 1964 to 1994, when the country embraced multiparty democracy, but details about his private life are not known, and are, at best, sketchy.

He lived a life of mystery. He never declared his wife publicly, never paraded any of his offspring, and went to the grave in 1997 an enigma, with doubts that he ever had a wife or even sired a child.

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