Former President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, claims his brother, former President Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office, was assassinated through food poisoning.
Bingu collapsed on the morning of 5 April 2012 in his office at State House in Lilongwe and was taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital.
A commission of inquiry found that he died of cardiac arrest (sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness).
The inquiry also found that Bingu was already dead by the time he was airlifted to South Africa, despite the government claiming that he was ill.
His death was only officially announced two days after his demise (7 April).
But speaking on Sunday, 17 July 2022, at a press conference held at his Page House in Mangochi, Mutharika alleged his brother, who ruled Malawi from 2004 to 2012, was assassinated. He said:
Something was put in his wine at 8 in the morning and at 10 he had died.
Mutharika also claimed that he knows the people responsible for the death but he cannot mention their names.
Following Bingu’s death in 2012, Joyce Banda who was the vice president at the time took over the presidency.
She only ruled for two years as she lost the 2014 presidential elections to Peter Mutharika who ruled until 2020.