Mutharika says Callista lack ‘moral authority’: Malawi ex-First Lady disputes Bingu timeline death claims, maintains ‘mtchona’  jab

President Peter Mutharika has accused  former first lady Callista Mutharika, who is the President’s sister- in-law,  of lacking the “moral authority”  for attacking him during United Transformation Movement (UTM) rallies, but she has stuck to her ground.

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Mutharika said on Saturday on arrival in Mzuzu that Bingu wa Mutharika’s widow Callista whom she called by her maiden name of Chapola not that of Mutharika, has been attacking him during UTM rallies together with State vice-president  Saulos Chilima,  the movement’s secretary general Patricia Kaliati and national chairperson Noel Masangwi.

The President said he had heard that during the launch of UTM at Njamba in Blantyre on July 29 2018, Callista called him mtchona [someone who has lived abroad for a long time] and also that she uttered disparaging remarks against his wife, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.

The visibly angry Mutharika said Callista does not have any moral standing—in relation to how she behaved during Bingu’s sudden illness, and subsequent death—to make such utterances.

“I want to warn Callista Chapola [Mutharika]. She is not a person who has any moral authority.

“I want to tell you what happened. On April 5th 2012 I received a telephone call from  Mr [Edward] Sawerengera  from 10 o’clock,  saying the President [Bingu wa Mutharika] had collapsed and was taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital.

“I arrived  at Kamuzu Central Hospital by 10:15 [am], at 10:20 [am]  the  [then] Chief Secretary  [Bright] Msaka arrived at the hospital; at 10:25  [Bintony ] Kutsaila arrived at the hospital as former director of Intelligence, at 10:30: Mr  [Peter] Mukhitho arrived at the hospital.

“By 11am all the children and grandchildren had arrived at the hospital. Callista arrived at the hospital at 4:30pm. For six hours  she was busy collecting materials from State House to her friend in Area 10 and that’s the truth, that’s the kind of woman she is,” said Mutharika.

“She is not a  woman who deserves any kind of respect,” said Mutharika about his in-law.

But Callista said on Sunday that she had  called on Mutharika not to contest again for presidency in 2019, in preference to Chilima, to put family aside and act in the national interest, insisting that  “mtchona nndi mtchona basi.”

Callista shared a link of a video (posted below) of how President Mutharika spokes at Bingu’s funeral of her, saying that was a true account not the emotional political banter he made in Mzuzu.

On the claims made by Mutharika in relation to Bingu’s death, the former first lady said she could not comment as she referred to the Commission of Inquiry report that probed  the circumstances around the controversial leader’s death on 05 April 2012, including the medical attention he received.

“I have no respect for people who lie. For all I know, the late Bingu was a very happy man,” said Callista.

The commission found that Bingu wa Mutharika collapsed at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after he suffered cardiac arrest .

He had earlier met former legislator Agnes Penemulungu  and  the inquiry Commission heard that barely 10 minutes into the meeting (about 11:21am), Penemulungu noticed that the President was motionless.

A  personal aide-de-camp was called, the Personal Physician was also called, the President was carried to his office, first aid administered, an ambulance called, and then he was rushed to the hospital.

“According to the testimony, the drive took approximately 15 to 20 min”.

The Malawi High Commission in South Africa ordered an air ambulance from Netcare International Rescue, which required a letter of guarantee to secure it. The Malawi government’s April 5 letter to Netcare gave Mutharika’s name as Daniel Phiri as he was said to have already died.

When the Netcare air ambulance landed in Lilongwe at 7pm, its medical team reportedly refused to allow the president’s corpse on board, saying they did not have clearance to carry a dead body to South Africa.

At 8pm – about seven hours after Bingu wa Mutharika’s death – Malawi state media MBC reported that the president was ill and was being flown to South Africa for medical treatment.

Bingu was then taken by ambulance to the casualty wing of 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, where it took less than 15 minutes for South African military doctors to confirm he was dead.

At 8am on April 7 – nearly 48 hours after Mutharika died – the Malawian government announced his death.

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Read the report very carefully, you realize that there are so many contradictions on time and events. For example, Nandau says: she was granted an audience with Bingu at 11:11 am and 10 mins later Bingu collapsed and Doctor Namalika says there was no ambulance and they had to wait. About 20 minutes lapsed while Bingu was at State House groaning and battling for life..The ambulance took 15 or 20 minutes to arrive at the hospital. If you do your mathematics correctly, Bingu must have arrived at the hospital somewhere around past 12. However, the ICU records indicate that Bingu… Read more »

mtete
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Going by the Commission of Enquiry Report, APM was at the hospital before Bingu collapsed. By the way, hadn’t Callista been sent to some Women’s group in Nkhoma or something like that?

1,000,000 Jobs UTM Bodza
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Zonse nzitsiru. Wina anawoletsa thupi chifukwa chofuna udindo. Mpake anatibera in 2014.

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Napoleone

This woman called Calista indeed luck moral authority. What is wrong with one spending his life outside the country for so many years.? She married to late Bingu Wa Mutharika was he not also McDonald? Why did she accept to marry him? Kamuzu , the father and founder of the republic spent time outside the country and he ruled the nation. History tells us that he left when he was 13 years old and how old was he when he returned. We need these machines who have been exposed to the world rather than homeboys who are not exposed to… Read more »

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This is an indictment of how low Malawi has gone in terms of morality. We have two senior people who otherwise are leaders, vilifying each other publicly like uncultured kids. Peter should just pick up a phone and summon ballista for a one on one meeting at state house or drive to her house (he knows where she lives) and have an uncomfortable chat over a cup to tea. Someone has to act as a wise elder and Peter should rise to the occasion. It is unbelievable that these two individuals can be so petty. Imagine if the international press… Read more »

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chataika

Whether APM is Ntchona or what but he is the president of this country. Caliister must know Kamuzu was out of this country for long until he was called to lead malawi; wasn’t he a Ncthona so Callister ndi team yake alibe mfundo za ziiii zokha zokha they are opportunists. MCP then was calling Bakili a thief of 9 pounds but so what ppo voted him into power and rulled the country. There4 ngati callister ali ndi chifukwa ndi APM zake zimenezo ife who love him will put him back into power. malonda ngambiri pa msikapa so aliyense ali nchokonda… Read more »

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Cognitive Dissonace Theory

Kamuzu was also referred to as Mtchona by his ministers, who were angry that he used to call him my boys, just as Chilima is called a baby.

Noxy
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Shame on Callista,what kind of a woman who goes public insinuating own in-law,Peter is absolutely right to claim your immorality.You don’t deserve any respect at all.What were you doing all the six hours when your husband was in hospital.A material woman not deserving marriage.

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Rap C

Do not involve Late Bingu ndinkhani zanuzo…thanani nazo nokha

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REMNANT

Mr president why don’t you read the commission report on Bingu’s death? What did Ntamba say concerning the former 1st lady? Muyaluka nazotu izi. Kodi kunama kumeneku bwanji?

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Chomasula

So UTM is built on a family affair!!!!! Shame indeed!!! So the reason why Carrista wants UTM to win is to see Mutharika out! They have no good cause!!!! Chilima and others are helping to pull down the house! What a shame… we need serious game changers in Malawi.

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