Mutharika family up in arms against Malawi ex-First Lady Callista

Children of the former Malawi President late Bingu wa Mutharika have ganged up against their step-mother and former First Lady Callista Mutharika accusing her of trying to grab their duly owned Ndata Estate property which has the magnificent Casablanca Manor and the Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum.

The scathing attacks are in statement signed by Mutharika’s three children-Madalitso, Tapiwa, and Duwa-from his late wife Ethel Zvauya Mutharika.

“We, the adult offspring of the late Professor Bingu wa Mutharika, former President of the Republic of Malawi and late First Lady Ethel Zvuaya Mutharika, would like to address the untruths that have circulated recently in the media regarding our family,” reads the opening remarks of the statement.

Callista Mutharika: In row with late Bingu’s children. Photo credit Okongola Amalawi

Adding: “We would like tom clarify the following: Firstly, our father built the Casablanca Manor at Ndata Estate in Thyolo (on ancestral land) for his late wife, our mother and placed it is a trust, in her name and those of her children. This Mutharika family estate is where her remains are buried in the Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum.”

“Secondly, in order to not cause confusion between properties created by him and his first wife Ethel and her children and his second wife Callista Chapola Mutharika, he purchased a home for the letter in her name in Zomba.”

The children also dismissed reports that any of the adult offspring of Bingu and Ethel attacked the former First Lady explaining that it was in fact Callista, with the help of her staff who physically confronted Madalitso when he visited the Casablanca Manor.

“This case has been filed with the proper authorities,” adds the statement.

“As a family, we support the former First Lady Callista Chapola Mutharika and respect the time she has sought to mourn our father’s death and live on the family estate. It saddens us deeply to be denied access to our homestead (the place our parents are resting eternally and threatened with police actions,” lament the three.

The three further accuse Callista that during the mourning period she has been hosting numerous politically affiliated functions at the property without the family’s consultation while at the same time barring the children from the home.

The three children thanked the entire Malawi nation for the support during the funeral and after.

“As a family, it is our sincere hope that this issue can be resolved amicably, with dignity in order to preserve the legacy of our late parents,” concludes the release.

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