I was getting into the car when somebody called me and said the president has collapsed. That whole day on the 5th [of April], I didn’t know that he had died. I thought he was in hospital. I even phoned the first lady that evening to wish him a quick recovery. I was then informed in that conversation that he was being taken to South Africa to hospital. I didn’t know that he had been dead seven hours. Malawi President Banda disclosing how she heard about the death of her mercurial predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika