Malawians stopped from taking photos of Bingu

State House has barred the public from taking pictures of late president Bingu wa Mutharika body as viewing of his body commenced Sunday at the official residence in Lilongwe.

Earlier, unidentified person was briefly detained for law enforcing agencies and forced to delete pictures he had taken in his camera.

An official of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) who are leading the procession announced in the chamber that no-one is allowed to take pictures except only those accredited by the authorities.

Lawmakers Atupele Muluzi, Enock Chihana and activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire went to pay last respects for Mutharika

“Those with cameras or mobile phones need to seek permission first before taking pictures,” he said

Earlier in the day former first lady Callista Mutharika led close family members and senior government officials as well as members of opposition political parties and diplomats in paying their last respects to Mutharika.

Cabinet ministers such as Luscious Kanyumba, George Chaponda, John Bande and others were the first in line.

Leader of opposition and MCP president John Tembo and other members from UDF including Atupele Muluzi and Uladi Mussa of Maravi Peoples Party arrived early to pay their respects.

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