|Mutharika family snubs death probe|
|Saturday, 09 June 2012 00:00|
“Our position is that there is no need for an inquiry . . . we have not seen the terms of reference for the inquiry neither were we consulted”.
Last month, the new President Joyce Banda announced an inquiry to probe the circumstances around the controversial leader’s death on April 5, including the medical attention he received.
“Why would we do that when we know all the facts surrounding the death of our late beloved,” said Mutharika’s brother Peter.
He added that the probe was an “unjustified satanic mechanisation to advance personal and political agendas”.
After suffering a heart attack, Mutharika was flown to South Africa and pronounced dead on arrival at a military hospital, officials revealed after days of confusion over his condition.
It is believed that Mutharika had groomed Peter, the former foreign affairs minister to be his heir apparent, even though Banda, as vice president, was next in line to succeed him on his death.
Banda was not sworn in until April 7 after two days of backroom dealing.
Since taking office, Banda has moved to reverse many of Mutharika’s policies. — AFP.