Departed Malawi leader, professor Ngwazi Bingu wa Mutharika, will from April 24 2012 (a day after his burial) be officially mourned by kinsmen for 40 days, the family's spokespersom has announced.
Chrles Namondwe, who spoke in the vercanular chewa language on behalf of the bereaved family, stated that while acknoledging that the Malawi governmeent has declared a 30-day period, the family wish that they mourn their relative 40 days, starting April 24.
And in direct response to the statement, Malawi president, Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda, has since ordered the main organising committe of the state funeral to make sure that all the donated food stuffs from the Mocambique government reach the Mutharika family at Ndata farm to enable them ably handle the mourning period in terms of food.
The Mocambique government has among other things donated to Malawi a consignment of tinned fish, rice, sugar, maize, biscuits and diesel for facilitation of the funeral programe.of the deaprted Malawi leader.
When it was made public on April 7 that profesor Mutharika has passes away, the Malawi government announced that the country will observe a 10-days mourning period, but later extended the period to 30-days starting same april 7.
During the 30 days national mourning period, the national flag is going to be on half mast and the public radion stations airing solemn music.
Bingu wa Mutharika who until his death was preisdent of Malawi was buried Monday april 23 2012 at his Ndata farm in Thyolo, southern Malawi in a self built Mpumulo wa bata.mausoleum where his first wife, Ethel was also rest to rest in 2007.
While the 30-days national mourning period ends May 6, the 40-days family declared period goes as far as June 2.
Mutharika died of cardiac arrest. He has been Malawi president from 2004 when he ascended to power on a United Democratic Front party ticket when he was heavily campaigned for by the then outgoing president Dr. Bakali Muluzi.
Mutharika however dished the party a year later to propel his own Democratic Progressive Party, which scooped a majority vote in the next general elections of 2009.
April 23 2012 was declared a public holiday in Malawi to give a chance to Malawians attend the burial of their departed leader.