Tapiwa Mutharika, daughter of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, is clinging to Malawi government guest house in South Africa despite government writing her to vacate.
Investigations reveal that Tapiwa went to South Africa and lived at government house where top government officials stay when they go to the rainbow nation with a patient or are patients themselves.
“She received R17 000 per week for upkeep and she has been using the money for boozing. Government wrote her last month to leave the house but has been adamant to do so. She is staying in the guest house with her children,” diplomatic sources said.
“We hear she has been boozing heavily and most of the times she is in the house. But after the death of her father, she is likely to comply with the order to leave the house. She is doing nothing in South Africa apart from drinking and sleeping in the guest house and getting the R 17 000 upkeep allowance,” the sources said.
Tapiwa went to the guest house “with a patient” in November last year and after the patient got well a few weeks later, she refused to leave the guest house.
Officials at the High Commission, the Consulate and State Residences threw the ball to one another when asked to explain the justification for the weekly R17 000 upkeep Tapiwa received and what they were doing about her refusal to leave the house.
“She came here with a patient and that issue is handled by the Consulate,” said High Commission official in South Africa.
But an official at the Consulate said the official at the High Commission was lying because matters about the First Family are handled by the High Commission.
“The Consulate does not handle issues of the Family Family but Malawians who are staying here for a while. High Commission is the one responsible for that issue. The officials at the High Commission
should not run away from their duty,” an official at the Consulate said.
The just fired High Commissioner to South Africa Agrina Mussa did not comment on the issue. Malawi’s consular general in RSA Eston Hara was coy to comment on the matter.