Thyolo, May 9, 2015 (MaraviPost): President Professor Peter Mutharika has called on Malawians to renew their pledge by uniting and working together in addressing challenges currently facing the country so that Malawi becomes a better place to live for all. Earlier in the day information minister Kondwani Nankhumwa shocked the nation when he said that former President Bingu Wa Mutharika didn’t die a natural death but was rather killed by former President Joyce Banda popularly known as JB in political circles.
Nankumwa claimed to be in possession of a document called the ‘JB Project,’ a comprehensive document by president Joyce Banda which outlined how she was to take over government by means of killing president Bingu Wa Mutharika using any trick within or outside the book.
Nankhumwa defended his case by producing a copy of the “The Eye Witness Newspaper” of 11th October, 2011 which carried a story stating that Bingu Wa Mutharika was not to reach 2014 saying that he would by the time be dead if information contained in the “JB Project” document was anything to go by.
The President who spoke during the Memorial Service at Mpumulo wa Bata Mausoleum, Ndata Farm Thyolo in remembrance of the late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika who died in April 2012, called for partnership and togetherness for Malawians to build a better life for all and achieve the socio-economic dreams that the late Bingu wanted every Malawian to have.
“As we renew our pledge on this third anniversary of our loss, we also take pride in the progress we are making in building on his socio-economic dreams towards a better life for all and a more united society,” he said adding, “today must be better than yesterday and tomorrow should bring more joy than today.”
He described late Bingu as a selfless man whose sacrifices made it possible for Malawi to rise from her knees and become the second fastest growing economy in the World after Qatar.
“We are here to remember Bingu who was a selfless man and we salute him because through his determined struggles and efforts, he put our country on the promise of a just, united and prosperous country.”
The president, while asking Malawians to emulate the life of the late Bingu, also assured the gathering that his administration would do everything possible to ensure that they have access to basic services and more economic opportunities.
On this note, the president called on Malawians to expose and report all criminal activities to relevant authorities in order to have a free and secure country.
“Together let us identify those who steal and sell stolen goods, let us expose those who sell and use drugs, let us expose those who rape and abuse women and children and let us report them to police, “said Mutharika.
Nankhumwa therefore asked the president to consider instituting an inquiry into the death of the late Bingu as according to published reports, ‘Bingu’s death was a plotted one and not from God.’
Nankhumwa’s remarks are obviously divisive and definitely overshadowed the intention of the memorial service. Social media and many publications published the remarks even before Nankhumwa finished his prepared speech.
As a habit of President Peter Mutharika he never fail to provide his detractors with ammunition to attack him. A well intetioned event in memory of a President who believed in the capacity of Malawians now stands to be over shadowed by stupid remarks from one of his Ministers.
Earlier, Archbishop Thomas Msusa who was leading the Mass said the late Bingu was a man of virtue who always dreamed in colours.
“The late Bingu was a man of vision who was dreaming in colours. Let us all emulate his life if we want to develop the country,” Msusa said adding that the country was enjoying some of his achievements such as the new parliament building, MUST and green belt initiatives.
Msusa therefore asked the president to continue where the late Bingu stopped especially by ensuring that Malawi was a hunger free nation.
Other dignitaries who attended the memorial service included former president Dr Bakili Muluzi, former leader of Zambia Lupiya Banda and former president of the opposition Malawi Congress Party-MCP John Tembo.