A book of condolences for the late Malawian President, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died last Friday, has been opened at the Malawian Embassy in Harare.

By mid-morning this Tuesday, Malawians resident in Zimbabwe had started trickling in at the embassy to convey their condolences to the government of Malawi and to the Mutharika family.

Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Professor Richard Phoya said burial arrangements have not yet been formalised so far but revealed that a draft programme has been announced.

He said indications are that Wa Mutharika’s body will be airlifted this Thursday from South Africa back to Malawi.

“The body will arrive in Lilongwe where it will lie in state before moving to Mzuzu where it will also lie in state. Finally the body will be taken to Blantyre before burial at Ndata farm, 20km outside Blantyre,” said Ambassador Phoya.

Professor Phoya also clarified one issue about his country: “Malawi is divided into three states; Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre and people in all the states are going to be given a chance to give their leader a befitting send-off, that is why President Wa Mutharika’s body is going to be taken to all the three states.”

President Wa Mutharika died on Friday last week after suffering a cardiac arrest at the state house in Lilongwe.

He came into power in 2004 and was re-elected for a second term in 2009.