Nyasa Times visits Mutharika’s funeral house

A visit to the Malawi’s Presidential Palace the New State House in Lilongwe confirmed fears that DPP officials and senior government officials who were closely working with President Bingu wa Mutharika and eating from the same plate with him have indeed deserted the fallen head of state.

Nyasa Times reporters found the State House quiet with no cars parked in car parks, both for ordinary visitors and VIPs, a sign that prominent people were nowhere closer tithe residence.

Even inside the funeral house, the Banqueting Hall which used to serve as a chamber for Parliament, where the vigil is taking place, it is only ordinary people mostly choir members from different churches around Lilongwe, relatives of Mutharika and State House staff who are present.

Church choir members at funeral house, no DPP loyalists

Unlike during the funeral of the former First Lady Ethel Mutharika in 2009 people like Patricia Kaliati, Nicholas  Dausi, Sidik Mia, Ken Lipenga, Yunusu Mussa, Lucious Kanyumba, Ken Kandodo, Anna Kachinkho, Billy Kaunda, Lean Kachere, Aaron Sangala and so many other big gurus both in the party and in government are yet to visit the funeral house.

One of the security personnel disclosed that it was only Hetherwick Ntaba, Goodall Gondwe, Henry Mussa, who is chairing the funeral committee, and party Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga are the only notable personnel who have visited the funeral house once on Tuesday.

It is a sorry sight-no wailing of mourners while closer relatives are left in the care of church choir members and State House staff, who some of them have taken the responsibility of organising the choirs instead of senior party or government officials.

The atmosphere leaves one wondering where are all the Cabinet Ministers, members of the DPP National Governing Council (NGC), and those blue clad dancing women of the Amayi A Bingu fame led by one Mayi Maggret Chiponda.

Apart from the church choirs there are only few pockets of DPP Youth Cadets and Amayi a Bingu M’Boma who are also taking part in the singing of the dirges for their departed leader and founder of the DPP.

Meanwhile, former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South Noel Masangwi has admitted that the administration of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika “messed up things big time”

He went on to say that he had known that some people in DPP were fakes all along and that their loyalty to the former president was phoney.

All they wanted, he says, were positions and personal interests.

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