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Malawi confirms President Mutharika is dead

2012-04-07 09:12

Lilongwe - Malawi's government on Saturday confirmed the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, two days after political and medical officials said he had died following a heart attack.

"We are sad to announce that the president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika has died," Bright Msaka, secretary to the president and cabinet, said in a statement read on state radio.

"The Milpark Hospital in South Africa has also confirmed his death. There will be 10 days of national mourning, and the constitution will be adhered to in managing the transition," he said.

Under the constitution, vice president Joyce Banda is next in line for the presidency - a shift that could bring dramatic political changes to Malawi after Mutharika expelled her from the ruling party in 2010 in a succession battle.

Banda went on to form her own party and became one of Mutharika's fiercest critics.

The confirmation of Mutharika's death eases fears of a political vacuum amid a backroom power struggle over the transition.

Comments
  • RObert - 2012-04-07 09:21

    R.I.P. Bengu Wa Mutharika

  • lskosana3 - 2012-04-07 09:30

    So why the secrecy???

  • Bonang - 2012-04-07 09:40

    Come on TB Joshua who is next?

      Mokhoaetsi - 2012-04-07 10:29

      malema

      Maama - 2012-04-07 12:16

      Museveni of Uganda

      Kagiso - 2012-04-08 00:19

      hoping tht it will be mugabe

  • fredahsm - 2012-04-07 09:48

    May his soul R.I.P Ndikupita ku malilo ndi abale anga.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 10:13

    I'm guessing there are no hospitals in Malawi, mhmm, or they somehow found out that if you wanna die quick then you should check into any South African hospital. www.spanela.wordpress.com

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-07 10:13

    Was he any good? I don't know much about the man.

      sthe.ndlovu - 2012-04-07 10:58

      What a question! Why do you assume he was bad?

      Anthony - 2012-04-07 10:59

      here are two comments that will help-- quote 'he set back democracy by 18 years'' quote 'we all wished him dead--sorry to say that' both the above from the people of malawi another failed african state

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-07 11:16

      @Sthe - because he was a politician... haven't seen a decent one yet, anywhere.

  • harmony.matika - 2012-04-07 10:27

    Rip

  • Mandla - 2012-04-07 10:36

    Inna lillahi wa inna lillahi raj un.

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2012-04-07 10:43

    Sad day for Malawi indeed. May the soul of the country's President Rest in Peace.Malawi confirms President Mutharika is dead 2012-04-07 09:12

  • Bonang - 2012-04-07 10:52

    If the people cant do it God can

  • magomarele - 2012-04-07 10:53

    so they were president and vice president even though they didn't see eye to eye? No wonder Malawi's economy was so severely compromised.

  • Benny - 2012-04-07 10:53

    sanity prevailed at long last-we don' need any justification for such a long delay

  • ellen.h.matendana - 2012-04-07 10:56

    RIP some Malawians are saddened and others have different opinions and who is next.......am wondering if someone could also have ..a heart attck due to old age

  • Hummy - 2012-04-07 11:09

    Rest in peace mr president may the love of GOD be with your family and the country as a whole.

  • Sipho - 2012-04-07 11:10

    Rest in peace brother President

  • mahlatsefortune.mamakoko - 2012-04-07 11:13

    rest in peace president of malawi

  • Sheik - 2012-04-07 11:19

    The Grim reaper keeps missing Zimbababwe, we need better sign posting.

  • Maama - 2012-04-07 12:11

    may his soul R . I . P.

  • Kagiso - 2012-04-08 00:20

    damnit, i was hoping tht tb joshua's prediction was aimed at muagarbage. :(

  • bmaestro - 2012-04-08 11:23

    sad news indeed.may he rest in peace

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