- .Peter says plot to advance personal and political agenda
- .Peter insists facts surrounding Bingu’s death already known
Malawi’s former president, the late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s brother, Peter, has said the Mutharika family’s position remains that they did not agree with the setting of the Commission of Inquiry into his brother’s death.
Peter said the inquiry, which presented its report to President Joyce Banda on Wednesday was not necessary, saying facts around Mutharika’s death after a heart attack were already known.
The report however established that late Mutharika was already dead when government flew him out of Malawi to a South African hospital on the night of April 5 when he collapsed at his residence in the capital Lilongwe before he was taken to KCH.
Peter, who is aspiring to run for presidency in next year’s elections, said the bereaved family did not at any point request for a commission of inquiry.
“As a family, we still stand by our earlier position, as released in the statement soon after the Commission was established,” said Peter Mutharika.
The statement denounced the inquiry was an “unjustified satanic mechanisation to advance personal and political agendas”.
He maintained that the inquiry was “nonsensical” and “a waste of time.”
Peter Mutharika appeared before the inquiry on August 22, 2012 and had undergone a two-hour interrogation
President Banda instituted the Commission of Inquiry on June 1, 2012 to probe the circumstances around the controversial leader’s death on April 5, including the medical attention he received.
Apart from probing circumstances that led to Mutharika’s death, the commission was also given the mandate to investigate the role some government officials and cabinet ministers played during transition in the wake of reports of attempted coup during that period.