The letter is dated 8th February 2016 and there is no indication in the letter that the President is aware that the late Kandoole died on August 4, 2015 despite his death being well chronicled in local media.
In fact, Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa and cabinet minister Bright Msaka attended the burial ceremony of the late Kandoole at Kasankha Village in Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi District on Saturday August 8, 2015.
Many more top civil servants and government officials also attended the late Kandoole’s funeral both at his retirement home in Area 12 in Lilongwe and at his final resting place in Mangochi.
The President’s letter has been written as if Kandoole is still alive and in the end the President is ‘wishing you success in your future undertakings’.
The letter has sent deep worries among the ruling elite on whether the president is indeed is in ‘control’ and in touch with development of the country.
The late Professor Kandoole, a long time academician and former Executive Director of Malawi Institute of Management (MIM), was a member of the Public Universities Working Committee (PUWC) which was appointed by the late President Bingu Mutharika, brother to the incumbent President.
“Dear Prof Benson Kandoole, It gives me great pleasure to thank you, on behalf of the Government of Malawi, for your commendable contribution to the promotion of this country’s higher education,” reads the letter in part.
“I have read with interest the Status Report on the work of the Public Universities Working Committee (PUWC), since its appointment in December 2010, by the late State President, His Excellency Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika. I am also aware that you were an active member of the Committee,” adds the letter.
“….I am therefore, grateful for your personal contribution to the successful completion of the mandate of the Working Committee, and I wish you success in your future undertakings,” concludes the letter signed by the President himself.
Impeccable sources said the letter was hand delivered to the late Kandoole’s wife in Lilongwe last week.
The letter is likely to show how ‘disconnected’ the President is with things going on the ground and also ‘expose’ the competence of his staff who handle communication like memorandums.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :