There was drama yesterday (Saturday April 14 2012) morning at one of the military hospital chapel in South Africa when the bereaved family members and Malawi government officials missed the mass prayers organized as sendoff of the remains of Bingu wa Muthalika.
Widow, Callista Muthalika, her step children, Duwa and Madalitso were misinformed of the time when the mass was to start. The mass also proceeded in the absence of the Malawi government delegation led by Dr. Jean Kalirani.
As this was not enough, air crafts had to be delayed for another hour as wreaths were being bought. According to investigations by this blogger, this was caused by the Malawian High Commissioner Mrs. Agrina Musa (wife to Local government minister and chairperson to the Bingu funeral committee, Henry Musa) who wanted to do all the preparations alone.
This contributed to the delay of the arrival of the remains as well as the bereaved family who accompanied the same.
South African Minister of Defense, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, witnessed the repatriation of the body from South Africa to Malawi. On the other hand, Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi accompanied the body of the former African Union chairman.
In an interview, Dr. Motsoaledi said the SA government will remember the late Malawi president as a man of vision who insisted that Africa should feed itself and become a bread basket for the whole world. He was officially representing President Jacob Zuma.