The former IMF Africa vice president Goodall Gondwe and late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s young brother– Prof Peter Mutharika attempted to incite the military high command to take over the country, hours after the President died last year.
A commission of inquiry into the death of President Mutharika revealed shocking details of how the two, including Bright Msaka, the chief secretary to the office of the president and cabinet, tried to block then Vice President Joyce Banda from ascending to power circumventing the Constitution.
The inquiry also revealed that Mutharika died on April 5, 2012 on his way to the hospital in the capital Lilongwe and not in South Africa as claimed by government and the late President’s family last year.
The damning report showcased how the three officials flipped flop in their statements made before the Commission when they were asked to explain why the Vice President was kept in the dark about the death of Mutharika.
Gondwe is still in cabinet serving President Joyce Banda as Minister of Economic Planning and Peter Mutharika took over from his late brother as President of the Democratic Progressive Party, now an infleuntial opposition force in parliament.
Msaka still heads of the public service. Many expect the trio to resign because of the damning evidence in the report against them.
According to the Commission of Inquiry Report, when doctors pronounced President Mutharika dead at Kamuzu Central Hospital—a public hospital in the capital Lilongwe— Peter Muntharika called Msaka aside and asked him if the Malawi Defence Force would take over. Here is an extract of Chapter 3 of the report which details what happened
EVIDENCE TAKEN REGARDING ISSUES OF TRANSITION OF STATE
3.1 EVENTS ON 5th APRIL, 2012
3.1.1 Discussions at Kamuzu Central Hospital
The illness of the President, his admission at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and his eventual death, created panic among Cabinet Ministers, Government officials and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) functionaries. Discussions regarding the issue of succession started right at the hospital in the afternoon of 5th April 2012.