Democratic Progressive Party leader and its presidential candidate Peter Mutharika gave out monetary handouts to party lawmakers and officials for consoling him during the funeral of his brother, late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Some of the people that received the money, K40 000 each, included MP for Mwanza West Paul Chibingu, DPP regional treasurer for the south Ngozo Harawa and DPP regional chairperson for the women Grace Sithole.
The MPs and the officials were led by the regional governor for the South Noel Masangwi.
The visit took place when the late president Mutharika’s body was lying in state at the Parliament Building.
“What happened shocked most of us. Instead of us giving him money as condolence, Peter Mutharika gave each one of us K40 000. We received the money anyway,” a source who was part of the visiting team said.
“He said he gave us the money to thank us for condoling and consoling him following the death of his brother,” he said.
Another source, an MP, also confirmed the receipt of K40 000 from the young Mutharika and praised him for the money although it was a reverse of what happened according to culture.
The source said Peter pledged support to the party and members. He was chosen the party’s interim leader till a convention.
He said during the burial ceremony of his brother that DPP “ will continue with its agenda of ensuring that development, security, food security and justice prevail. The party will continue.”
He pledged:”No matter what happens, no matter what difficulties we might go through Peter Mutharika will not leave you.”