By Malawi Exclusive
One of the eminent political commentators in the country Humphrey Mvula has described President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s gesture towards the Mutharika family as mature, unprecedented and reconciliatory disposition that could not be matched.
During this year’s Kamuzu Day commemoration event in Lilongwe on Saturday, Chakwera showed rare political pragmatism when he directed that government should take over the caring of the resting place of late Bingu wa Mutharika in Ndata, Thyolo.
President Chakwera ordered Minister of Tourism Michael Usi to consult the Mutharika family on the matter. The order comes amid fears that the mausoleum is not cared for properly due to high costs of doing it. At one point, grass and shrubs outgrew the mausoleum
Mvula has therefore called on former president Peter Mutharika and the Mutharika family to accept the gesture with an open heart, swallow their pride and thank Chakwera for such a rare show of political maturity.
In an interview on Sunday, Mvula said: “Despite sharp differences between the Government and the DPP ( Democratic Progressive Party), the President has shown maturity and wisdom.
“Despite the fact that Professor Peter Mutharika has not yet accepted that President Dr Chakwera is the Head of State, President Dr Chakwera has decided to honour his predecessor.”
He said Peter Mutharika and the DPP should swallow their pride and thank President Dr Chakwera for the gesture.
Mvula said President Chakwera should do the same with other former great sons of Malawi such as Chakufwa Chihana.
The government is constructing a mausoleum for the founding member of the Malawi Congress Party and one of the country’s eminent freedom fighters, Orton Chirwa in Nkhata Bay.
Administrative secretary of the DPP Francis Mphepo said he could not say whether the Mutharika family would accept Chakwera’s offer or not, saying he was not the Mutharika family spokesperson.
But President Chakwera’s gesture has received praises as Malawians on various social media platforms to hailed the president for his decision that the government should take over the caring of the Mpumulo Wa Bata mausolium.
They said this was one way of uniting the country.