Peter Mutharika fumes over Bingu’s death inquiry ‘it’s nonsensical’

Peter Mutharika the brother of the late president, Bingu wa Mutharika, on Friday insisted that the Mutharika family disavows an inquiry into Bingu’s death, describing the investigation as “nonsensical”.

Malawi President Joyce Banda told a news conference on arrival in Blantyre from her foreign trips to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, that the late president Mutharika was a public property and the nation deserves to know circumstances surrounding his death through an inquiry.

But Peter Mutharika speaking on Voice of America rejected the probe on the basis that the family is satisfied with the medical report that President Mutharika died from cardiac arrest.

Peter Mutharika: It's nonsensical

“There are many presidents who have died in different countries in the world. How many times has there been an inquiry by the government? Can you think of any case in Africa? “wondered Peter Mutharika, a law expert.

“This inquiry is nonsensical, and as head of the family I believe it is useless, it’s a waste of time and there is no need for it,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika told VOA that if the Malawian government really wants to know how the former president died, it should speak to the attending physician at State House and the hospital.

“Let them find out from the doctor what happened to the president and what happened when he was taken to the hospital. The best person they can speak to is the attending physician at the State House. The attending physician can give them all that information. There is no need to have a commission of inquiry to do that,” Mutharika said.

“What is the motive? What are they trying to prove?”

He said while the late Mutharika was public property, he was also a family person, and the family is satisfied that the president died from cardiac arrest.

“If the family is satisfied, why is the government still interested in pursuing this? Why are they so persisting on having this inquiry? What’s their motive? What are they trying to establish?” wondered the former Malawian Foreign Minister.

President Banda wants many questions answered, including why there were three different signs of date of death and the delay in announcing the death. She said it is important that Malawians know what happened.

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