Malawi President Peter Mutharika has faced criticism over his decision to shun the funeral ceremony of statesman and former MEC Chairperson Maxon Mbendera who was laid to rest on Saturday in Blantyre.
Social commentators using the platform of the social media have faulted the Malawi leader for his ‘lack of humanity’ in failing to attend the funeral of Mbendera when he was already in Blantyre where the funeral ceremony was being held.
A Facebook status posted by Mutharika’s critic Gerald Chavez Kampanikiza in which he faulted the decision of Mutharika not to personally attend the funeral of Mbendera was received by agreement from most people who commented.
“This man (Mutharika) is a foreigner,” commented one person in an apparent argument that the behaviour by Mutharika to shun the funeral was not what was expected of a Malawian.
“Strange that he attends Mulhakho wa Alhomwe to eat the aphrodisiac gondolosi every year,” another person said in faulting Mutharika.
“He knows something about this death and if he can dare going then he knows Mbendera’s soul will trouble him,” another person commented.
Mbendera’s funeral was attended by the leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera, the Vice President Saulos Chilima among other dignitaries. Mutharika was represented by his justice minister.
Ironically the President was only a distance away from the home of Mbendera where the first service for the funeral was held.