Electricity Shortages Forced Mutharika’s Body To Be Airlifted To SA
According Reuters, Medical sources told the news agency that the late leader was flown from Lilongwe hospital to South Africa because of the power and energy crisis in Malawi.
It is said the power crisis is so severe the hospital could not carry out a proper autopsy or even keep Bingu-wa-Mutharika’s body refrigerated.
The final days of Bingu-wa-Mutharika’s rule were rather troubled ones personally and politically. At the end of last year Mutharika had to call an impromptu telephone press conference to confirm he was still alive.
In November last year, Mutharika disappeared from Malawi during its economic crisis in order to take a holiday in Hong Kong. Rumours of his death came just three months after Mutharika sacked his entire cabinet, assuming every position himself.
Bingu wa Mutharika will be remembered as an economic hero turned villain and decried as an autocrat since taking office eight years ago. He had a fair share of clashes with his own political mentors and foreign donors.
Meanwhile, officials close to the deceased president, including his brother have been in participating closed in the meetings. Malawi’s Nyasa Times newspaper reported that the president’s party had already nominated Peter Mutharika to take over as its leader.