Finally the Malawi government through the Office of President and Cabinet has issued a statement about the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. The statement said, Milpak Hospital in South Africa had confirmed that Bingu had indeed died and that 10 days of mourning should be observed. The statement also went further ordered that all flags fly at half mast. The dead presidents remains will come back in the country on Tuesday and other arrangements will be made.
Vice President Joyce Banda also conducted a Press Conference at her residence in Area 12 to offer her condolences to the bereaved family and asked the nation to stay calm. She also urged the nation to join hands in mourning the fallen father of the nation. Hon. Joyce Banda further revealed that she has called for a cabinet meeting this afternoon. Even though she was flanked by the Inspector General of Police and the Army Commander, she refused to be drawn into commenting about sucession of the passed on Mutharika.
Hon Joyce Banda's ascendancy to the highest office faces resistance following revelations that the cabinet has been meeting 3 times since the President's demise discussing on how to circumvent the constitution and endorse Bingu's brother, Peter Mutharika. Other minister's have also come out and spilled the beans of what was happening behind closed doors. Up to 5 Cabinet ministers also held a press conference last night to that extent.
However several ministers were present at the Press Conference and pledged to follow the constitution to the letter.