APM contradicts Bingu on their father’s death

Peter Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika has contradicted his late brother former President Bingu wa Mutharika on their father’s death.

Social commentator Onjezani Kenani noted the contradiction yesterday on Facebook following Peter’s speech in Nkhatabay.

Onjezani KenaniWhen opening the Mzuzu Nkhatabay road, Mutharika said his and Bingu’s father died in 1964 three days after he (the father) was assaulted by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters during the one party regime.

“Yesterday, President Peter Mutharika said the following: ‘[In 1964] we were at school when the Cabinet crisis happened. We ran away because we knew we could be a target since we supported the ministers. Soon afterwards, MCP cadres went to our parents’ house and picked up our father. He said he did not know where we were, so they started beating him up. He died three days later’,” wrote Kenani.

But 15 years ago Peter’s brother Bingu said the brothers’ father died in 1972.

“In 2003, Bingu wa Mutharika said the following: I was forced into exile for many years during which my father, Mr Ryson Thom Mutharika, was retired as a teacher but the MCP government refused to pay his pension. He died at Malamulo Mission Hospital in 1972.” – This is Malawi, Vol. 33-38, page 9.”

The contradiction left the social commentator wondering about the exact date of the death of the brothers’ father.

Other Malawians commenting on the post suggested that Peter must have been lying since he has proved that he cannot be trusted.



  1. Nonsense! Does it matter though? Because last time I checked I found out that neither date of death nor death itself could put bread on my table. You guys must be crazy, very. You can just venture into farming if you’ve nothing to tell us. and as for you mister presdent, you could have just said you still need condolence, your father’s death has nothing to do with my Malawi nation. You are not the first person to loose a family member. Our relatives were denied the right to life too. But we moved on. So stop moping and be man.

  2. Osapita kumisonkhano mutaledzera mukumalankhula zoduka mutu zokhazokha

  3. Imfa ya bambo akowo chikutikhudza ife ndi chani??? Oyamba kumwalira pa Malawi pano ndi iyeyo?

    Solve the problems we are having here in Malawi than that nonsense.

  4. Nkhani ya zakayi sometimes it’s very difficult to be exact, we normally simply estimate Bingu’s estimate and Peter’s estimate are bound to differ. Chani meneyo inu saziwa

  5. I hope its not wrong for the sitting president to seek medical attention if things seem to have gone wrong inside the brain.

  6. Sometimes Kenani speaks like an idiot. If Peter and Bingu Mutharika’s father was denied pension and died, one can still atribute his death to the MCP government. I wonder why Malawi24 think that Kenani is an analyst.

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