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Peter Mutharika, government discuss Bingu mausoleum

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By Deogratias Mmana

Former president Peter Mutharika has welcomed President Lazarus Chakwera’s directive that the government should be taking care of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s mausoleum at Mpumulo wa Bata in Thyolo District.

Bingu died while in office in April 2012.

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Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Minister Michael Usi confirmed meeting with Mutharika yesterday.

The meeting took place at the Democratic Progressive Party leader’s Page House in Mangochi District.

Usi said Mutharika assured him that all thorny issues, including differences between the government and Bineth Trust, the owners of the land where Mpumulo wa Bata is, would be sorted out to allow the government to play its role as directed by Chakwera.

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“The former president is very positive, happy and supportive of the development. He has assured the ministry that the differences with Bineth Trust are not issues to worry us. He said he would weigh in on the issues,” Usi said.

He added that Mutharika thanked Chakwera for directing the government to take care of Bingu’s mausoleum.

Usi said Mutharika also advised his ministry to finish some projects on the Kamuzu mausoleum, which include the construction of a library.

“He gave us a lot of insights to recapture the hidden glory of tourism. We, as a ministry, are grateful for his fatherly attitude towards the development of tourism in Malawi,” Usi said.

On May 14, during Kamuzu Day celebrations, Chakwera directed the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife to start taking care of Bingu’s mausoleum in the spirit of unity.

However, Mutharika, through his spokesperson Shadric Namalomba, issued a statement, saying discussions, which started in 2015, between Bineth Trust and the government over Mpumulo wa Bata did not bear fruits.

Namalomba said negotiations between the ministry and Bineth stalled due to a lack of agreement on certain aspects that directors of Bineth Trust could not accept.

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