Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has died after doctors at Kamuzu Central Hospital failed to resuscitate him when he suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the day. The 78 year old died after doctors at Kamuzu Central Hospital failed to resuscitate him when he suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the day.
The 78-year-old President was taken to the hospital in the capital Thursday morning after he reportedly collapsed. “The President has died,” said a top government official who declined to be named. First Lady Callista and three of Mutharika’s four children were at the hospital with the President.
Others were his brother Peter and State House Chief of Staff Edward Sawerengera. Health Minister Jean Kalirani and Police chief Peter Mukhito were also there. The news will inevitably lead to speculation about Malawi’s political future but the Constitution says Vice President takes over until the next elections.
Wa Mutharika is a former World Bank official once heralded for his stewardship of a southern African country that is among the world’s poorest. In recent years, he has been accused of trampling on democratic rights. He first came to power in a 2004 election, and was overwhelmingly re-elected five years later.
This past Sunday Nigerian ‘prophet’ Temitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua) repeated his February prophecy that “the death of an old African president” is imminent. T.B Joshua, who leads the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan), announced that an African leader would die within 60 days.
“God loves us, you should pray for one African head of state, when I say President… again the sickness that is likely to take life; sudden death, it could be sickness being in the body for a long time but God showed me the country and the place but I’m not here to say anything like that,” Joshua said in February.
On Sunday Joshua narrowed down the location by excluding West Africa.
“What I was saying is very close now. You want to hear more, and it is very, very close now. Whether you like it or not, this is what I’ve seen. Pray for a leader. Well, God showed me everything but I’m praying to see if this thing can be changed,” Joshua said, adding he would “not say anything more than that.”