Obsession Over Bingu’s Ndata House

Bingu’s House

The obsession possessed by some quarters of the Malawian society on Bingu’s Ndata House leaves a sour taste to go without commenting.

There has been strife speculation that Bingu acquired so much worthy whilst he was president and amazingly the civil society are demanding an investigation into Mutharika’s properties, business interests and his financial dealings.

Now folks for a start, these  were mere speculations in the social media like face book, twitter and the like, but now 90 fully fledged NGO’s want to make these speculations official.

The allegations in the social forums were highly over exaggerated including costs for Ndata house as Mk14 billion; 15 bedrooms etc. These amounts quoted even surpassed the newly Chinese funded five star hotel complex currently being built in Lilongwe.

Several questions have arisen to as to the motive of such selective persecution of the fallen leader. Does the civil society really believe that Ndata house has facilities more than a five-star hotel and that it costed more?

Is the civil society really serious to be making demands on such allegations from the social media without any credible evidence?

Will the civil society make similar demands if such rumors emerge again of the new president Joyce Banda or former president Bakili Muluzi?

By probing the fallen leader this will set a precedent and must be followed on anyone regardless political affiliation. Reverend Mac Donald Sembereka of the civil society is on record as saying “We have to know how much one has at the entry point and how much one will have accumulated at the point of exit. We should be able to follow it up on the basis of an informed position” he further said  “We have to know how much Mutharika had and how much he has gone with.”

If this is out goodwill as it is being portrayed why can’t we start with Madam President Banda to ascertain how she has now and also probe Dr Muluzi.

In the same vein there has been speculation in the social media regarding ex President Bakili Muluzi’s deeds and deals during his tenure but nobody has probed that. To ensure fair play, everyone must be probed starting from the Civil Society themselves.

Speaker of Parliament Hon Henry Chimunthu Banda confirmed to Malawi Voice that former President Bingu Wa Mutharika and his entire Cabinet, which included the then vice-president Joyce Banda, now President, declared their wealth soon after 2009 General Elections.

It is therefore surprising to note that more emphasis has been put on president Mutharika’s business deals and wealthy just because of mere speculation in the social network and Ndata house.

One can clearly see that this persecution is purely political and the people pursuing it are purely doing this to embarrass the fallen leader. History reminds us that the fallen leader and the civil society had a cat and mouse relationship with incidents including auditing of the civil societies among others. Is this payback time?

“Section 88(3) of the Constitution makes it clear that the President and members of the Cabinet must declare their assets within three months from the day of election or appointment,” However there is no Act of Parliament to back it up.

When Sembereka was asked if they will make similar demands to the new president he said “we would want to see if she is interested to tell us that in the process she has accumulated additional wealth. But if there are no any additional assets accumulated in the process, we don’t think it’s necessary if she already declared.” This purely shows lack of seriousness with such demands other than pursuing personal hatred to satisfy egoistic craves on the fallen leader.

It would only have made sense if the civil society had concrete evidence that they suspected foul play other than targeting the former president purely out of malice.

Don’t get me wrong but some of the business deals mentioned in the social media were ridiculous.

In my opinion, people are so obsessed with Ndata house that they are willing to go all the way to discredit Mutharika after all the good works he did to the country including food security, infrastructure among the many. It is now becoming apparent that Malawians sometimes don’t appreciate achievements and can go to such length as castigating and putting their selfish desires above the nation’s history.

In this regard, one can probably speculate that the civil society will like to see Dr Bakili Muluzi to go free with his corruption cases just because they think Bingu’s is a bigger fish to catch or literally humiliate him even in his death.

The civil society should be serious and professional with their work other than drawing stories from the social network. Their organizations can investigate and establish the allegations other than relying to rumors on the social network. They carry a huge responsibility to the nation just as the legislators please!

Please note, the opinions expressed in the article are entirely those of the writer:

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50 Responses to "Obsession Over Bingu’s Ndata House"

  1. Cardiac  May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    U people are commenting on things that u dont know and maybe u dont live in malawi at all. I am trully malawian and i know bingu thru and thru. The guy had nothing. Yes he worked wherever but he had nothing and it is the zikhale guys that used to even pay for bills for him. Dont talk things that u dont know anything about. Lets investigate and see what really happened. This is our money in any case and we need to know. Some people are saying that all this is to discredit and embarass bingu but the actions of this guy was an embarassement o its own. But our God is a consuming fire.

  2. Mweene  May 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Pictures of Villa Casablanca (Ndata House) are shown: how about Bakili’s Kapoloma House? Where are the pictures?

  3. jelbin mk  May 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Mr nyondo i heard u in ur article saying the civil society wants to intiate an investigation without evidence,just by drawing information from social networks,& u were wondering if they will do the same to jb as well if any thing goes wrong.I don’t really understand what u r talking about & don’t know which school did u go to.An investigation is the way to finding evidence u r talking about.Jb will 4sure b questioned 4 any dubious earning that will emerge after her term of office,anyway its too early to talk about that now lets deal with the issue at hand.Don’t sympathise with the man who strongly hated malawians to hell.

  4. concerned citizen  May 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    is dis how malawians think? every original malawian won’t dispute the inquiry unless u r as fake malawian as bingu himself.ignorance has badly striken malawi hence no understanding of articles on internet that r in queen’s lanquage.i’ve never seen the word that indicates a northerner or tumbuka ochestrating this.when did bingu retire frm the ur so called WB & IMF & why did it take him so long to build such amansion.

  5. Davilo  May 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hanna you are a POES.

  6. hanna  May 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    muyambe kaye mwafufuza komwe ndalama zomwe aba atcgeya the mufufuze abingu agalu inu akumpoto vuto lanu ndi chani osamangodya nthochi zophika kikikikiki

    • Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe  May 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      hanna you are an a** licker

  7. wakwithu  May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    so sad that some people feel that Bingu is being persecuted by Tumbukas.If you follow the story above, Malawi Voice has quoted Reverend Sembereka as a repepresentative of some quarters that would like to see Mutharika’s wealth investigated.Sembereka is not Tumbuka by tribe, he is yao I understand.So, why should it be always felt that Tumbukas have always been fighting Bingu’s regime? In fact the opposite is true.Bingu has always fought Tumbukas disregarding the overwhelming support they gave him when he had torrid times in his first term.That’s the thank you the people of the north have receved from Wamutharika.I would like to remind all Malawian that God reigns and will never want to see some people inflicting pain on others..God has fought for Malawians through removing the prevoius regime.He will continue to do so if oppression reigns again.Stop hating the tumbukas.The isuue of investigating Bingu’s wealth is not a tribal one.It’s all about holding the fallen leader accountable.It’s ndisputable fact that Bingu has stolen from the public purse more than Muluzi and Kamuzu combined.

    • Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe  May 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      ineyo ku Ndatako ndinaka fika and to say the truth Bingu store our money and thats a fact, period, zopusa basi

  8. Mphamvu Kumpoto  May 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Boma lapita to the noisest people. The noisest people toppled MCP when Kamuzu ordered kwanu mkwanu for teachers. The noisest people attacked Bingu from all angles when he introduced quota system of education. Now they got what they wanted.

  9. Adoni Juwani  May 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    the only people who question how other people got their wealth are those people who are poor in mind and thinks acquiring wealth is a problem comparing to their own failures.
    what we people should ask is: how should I get myself same wealth (what can i do to build such building)
    malawian are just showing ignorance by asking how the whole president build that tiny house. anthu ali ndi nyumba kunjaku.

  10. CHECHIEF SOBILIKA  May 4, 2012 at 10:04 am


  11. W Chatepa  May 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Sour Grapes says:

    These are kicks of a dying horse. That oppressive system is gone and buried basi. Forget it people!!! Praise the Lord.

  12. atumbuka  May 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    you see the problem with atumbuka even nzao uja gondwe anamanga nyumba ali waba but the guy was in USA most of his life and now he builds a retirement home nsanje atumbuka they have issues

  13. nsanje  May 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    the problem with Malawians in general is nsanje that house nzao wamanga ati ai lets probe him amafuna anthu ngati muluzi osaphunzila ndiye azimunena imagine muluzi anaba billions and look at what he built and nzao wamanga ndata nanje basi

  14. voice of truth  May 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

    mwana wa malawi please save yourself from putting your stupidity on full display! enqire and educate yourself before you speak utter rubish! this man inherited alot from his ancestors. he had bulit houses here in malawi before he even joined UDF, not only that dont forget Ngwazi was an etremely educated man ulike youself who worked for the world bank and many other international organisations as well as being chair person of the AU! he had properties abroad too long before he joined muluzi. he was a world renowned economist and he knew how to put his money to good use to yield even more. if muluzi an jb are too stupid when it comes to ways of making gud use of their money it just shows what they turned our country into where we have incured so many liabilities or should i say “ngongole” with the IMF and other coutries too. if us malawians were patient enough to wait and listen to bingu when he had said to be patient as we will be able to generate enough forex if we just had to increase production. now we are borowing za kunja and we have alot of ngongole. in this JB econoy the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. while in bingu’s time there was fair distribution of money in the ecnomy.

  15. TIONA  May 4, 2012 at 6:35 am

    alomwetu amamanga nyumba kumunzi koma atumbuka amamanga nyumba
    ku mwela kuna ngati kwao alibe,akasambala mudzingovutika ndi kuwapangila
    anthu chuma inu mulimbe nyumba kwanu yolozeka,Mayiwonso muwona amanga yawo ku zomba.
    Iwe kasambala umangopanga makani sukulu ulibe,koma inu a ku mpoto kungokhala ndi degre ziko lonse kuziwa kuti kasambala anapanga law.

  16. Amina  May 4, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Kodi where are you hearding to? A Malawi what we want is to know where the money to build Ndata came from, where the Portugal hotel money came from, the forex found in the state house was meant for period. Kodi makani awa ndi a chiyani? There is no smoke without fire, kulikanthu kamene mukuopa matukutuku onsewa ndadziwa. If it is genuine you need no worry but let the investigators go thro and give them the right info at the right time amen. A Malawi mutotoledwa ambiritu ngati mukudya zosagwetsela thukutha. Pano lets deal ndizimene zatisowetsa mtendere was fuel, forex, academic freedom etc. If we do that anthu onse adziwa kuti this generation siyosadziwa ayi, ikufuna kudziwa how our tax is being used stop. Tiyeni nao basi osamva chisoni chifukwa mawa zili kwa iwe.

  17. kanddy  May 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Nsanje, Kaduka ndi njilu ndiye nkhani yakula ndi Amalawi. Any way what if you find out kuti Ndata was built with stolen money, what would you do? Are you going to exhume his body and that of his first madam and bury them somewhere so that you should have his property. Bakili Muluzi built his BCA Mansion from stole money, furnishing it up with all luxuries that he stole from Sanjika, but who bothered him? Ndani after being a president would want to live in a house at Bangwe of Ndirande, or ndinakakhala ine i would make sure to build a mansion that all my generation would comfortably and luxuriously live in.
    One thing that you should bear in mind is that you managed to kill his body but not his soul. Becareful what you do today.Prophet wanu, TB Joshua ndiye uyu tayamba kale kumva where he get his powers from. Heheeheh muyaluka, chaka chake ndichino!!!!!!!!

  18. MacHende  May 4, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Ignorance combined with envy is strife in Malawi. People look at each other and say why does he have that not me. Please go get yours and don’t destroy your friends.
    Do you guys know how much the fallen leader was being paid before he came into office? Do you know how much World Bank pays? Comesa? It’s absolutely crazy to start mumble jumbling about Bingus estate!
    Wake up and move on folks.

  19. chewa  May 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    i used to know late mutharika before he came to malawi.the guy had a huge farm in zimbabwe,a diamond mine in zimbabwe,flats in america.when he was coming here he was already loaded.if u think he accumulate worth when he was a president then u have to ask those who knew him.

  20. raul  May 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    CSO most of them are satanists

  21. mulakho  May 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Iwe yasini bakali ndfiwe mbuzi Mulira chakachino.

  22. mwana wa malawi  May 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    remember Bingu didnt have a penny when he came to power. where on earth did he get all the money to build this house?
    we are not jealousy but the truth should be known.
    there are a lot of stories about how corrupt he was so a nation we need to the truth.
    supporters of Bingu just be quiet, if he built the house with own money then fair enough, we will leave him alone.

  23. YASIN BAKALI  May 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    ufitiii!! chani? JOICE usamale ndi kagulu kameneka kakusokoneza ngati suusamala. kugwira ntchito ku bank yaikulu pa dziko lonse, IMF, kukhala prezdent kwa zaka 8 lero muzikafusa nyumba? mitu yanu ikugwira agalu inu! moti PP siikugula magalimoto ankhaninkhani pofika 2014? pezani zina zochita anyani inu!!!!

  24. wizlon  May 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Its not an obssession its cod transpoarency,what are u scaredof?then let people know the truth. Before u defend or criticize the late bingu or the one’s asking question’s.going back2 muluzi will also mean going back2kamuzu,let’s deal with the present,people

  25. Kasambala Banda  May 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Amalawi nsanje ndi kusayamika, zinthu zonsezi zabwino Bingu wapangira dziko la malawi simukuona koma kungoyang’ana fuel ndi forex.Leave Bingu,s wealth alone and dont forget that he was doing some businesses too. Muyambe ndi Muluzi

  26. Good  May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Why can’t you do yours? Or go to school, get your qualification and work like Bingu in international organization, mbuli inu, sanje basi, bwanji osapanga zanu mchifukwa chake amalawi simatukuka, kungolakhula za umbuli, did you do your math at school? Do you know calculations? are you telling pipo that Ndata coast more than 5 star Hotel, are you just joking or serious, don’t show pipo kusazindikila, leave Bingu properties alone, why asking now, coz he is dead? Chamasiye salanda muyaluka nazo, or a president sangalore zimenezo, bola akanati alimoyo then namayakha yekha. I am not a Bingu supporter, but to say the truth it dose not work like that, shame on you

  27. raul  May 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    These bastards in the new govt must be told using demos that all they are doing is out of malice. If they want investigations that shld be to everyone not targeting individuals. These are bastards

  28. ilera  May 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I also dont have problem for a president building such a house, I am rather having a problem for a president holding a public office not declaring the source of money he used to build such a mansion. So the noble thing to do is someone somewhere has to clear the president by just telling Malawians how much the mansion costed and where did he get such amoney after Malawians new that the only asset he had was the Beneth minibus which he could not aford to hire a driver or conductor. And then in 8 yrs he has hotels, mansions, etc etc…As a Malawia I need to know.

    • mann  May 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      ILERA, that is where Malawians miss the point. YOU think wealth is measured by the number of cars one owns. THERE are people driving old saloons but with money. Umphawi ndi umene umakuchita force to show off…to masquerade as if things are fine with you. You want to tell me that BINGU had no money..having saved as IMF, COMESA, ADB name them. Having saved as Minister of Economic Planning, having saved as Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of Malawi….you still think he could not afford a decent car? I for one I dont see how the whole president could fail to built that house..olo ine ndizamanga ngati chimene chija…ndikugwira ntchito mboma momwemu..Muzandimangenso!!

  29. Alakaso Alakaso from Nigeria  May 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Ah! Malawi is really poor. So you call that a Manson for the retiring president. I laugh sometimes to read some of these arguments.

  30. Waboma  May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    In the recent years Bingu was worse than Bakiri!

  31. Living-in-a-bubble-ist  May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Your argumentation may not be the most admirable, but your main point is one i agree with. People are so obsessed with Ndata. For me, there is nothing strange about a president wanting to retire to such a mansion.
    Jealousy…one of the main enemies of the Malawian people as expressed in the national anthem.

  32. BIG  May 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    a friend of man commented when he visited the place that the images we get here and the reality on the ground are very different. 14 billion is on the high side…an extreme exaggeration.

    our civil society are a bunch of frustrated guys who do not have any principles at all. you ask them to apply the same yardstick on another person, they will say no.

    we are busy castigating BINGU as if he is still around to respond to our insults. in the process our attention has shifted away from being a watch dog for the current regime…because we are preoccupied with BINGU. BY the time we wake up PP will have buttressed and underpinned itself…with many wings.

    WAKE UP MALAWIANS. already this government has made serious blunders..but we are paying a deaf eye. sad for Malawi. I LIKE THE ARTICLE.

  33. Veronica  May 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Oh, do tell us how it is possible to “literally humiliate him even in his death”!
    Sloppy writing, sloppy journalism – biased reporting.

  34. Chiutsi Banda  May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm


  35. Chiutsi Banda  May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    tackle real issues ma friend.Ozathu muli ndi nthawi yomaganiza ndi kulemba zinthu zopanda pake.mbazi nyondo yoye kikikikiki.

  36. The hearers!  May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    We dont have civil societies in Malawi! Why can they plot a case against dead person as if akayankha pa court? How will you prove whether he embezzled as if he will say something? All things have gone, we need to focus our eyes on future not zamunthu yemwe anamwalira! Dont you know kuti iri ndi dziko? Muli inu witch hunted like this mungamve bwa…? Shame on you so called NGOs! Surprisingly, some of you are reverend. Sembereka, bible limakuuza choncho? Stop preaching, only disgracing the name of God! You have to know that God will not spear you hypocrites! Go to hell with your politics you so called civil societies!

  37. Loto Mafuleka  May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Bingu apologists, why worry when the said inquiry has not been instituted. Smelling/knowing something??Let it be cleared, full stop

  38. Chilungamo  May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I have read articles relating to the President’s wealth with great surprise. I found the issues being propagated out of ignorance, and jealous.

    It is a big insult to treat the former head of state as a thief. What we should know is that he worked before coming to Malawi as a senior World Bank economist, worked at COMESA, and as a minister before becoming President.

    I have read this article from Mr. Ben Chiza Mkandawire.

    Firstly, before starting this issue, can they conclude the issue of Bakili Muuzi’s theft

    Secondly, Can they declare their assets the ones in office now?

    Thirdly, Ngati akufuna akachosenso Mpumulo wa Bata ku Ndata

    Fourthly, A vice president amene andiwuze bwino zamunthu amene anakamulowesa ku College of Medicine via the Back door. I can not retreat on this one. I have evidence. I have written deliberately a vice president, i have not made any reference

    Fifthly, Ralph atiuze bwino za Rubina kuti mwana akumusamala, and nkhani yake yomenya anthu ija ili pati?

  39. njenda borderpost  May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I thought accountability of personal assets on way in and way out for those in public office should be standard practice by now????

  40. Jacob  May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    ..Your article sounds like that of someone who is afraid that the truth will be revealed..? If the resources used in the construction of the so called house were legally acquired, what is the fear coming from Mr Nyondo..? You are so defensive in your article? What are you afraid of if there were no improper dealings? Such an article as this one is the more reason why the truth should be established as to whether or not there were improper dealings.

  41. PANTONDO  May 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm


  42. Mlongosi  May 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t see a 15 billion kwacha house in Ndata. The maximum cost that house can cost is 2 billion kwacha. Those trained engineers and quantity surveyors can prove me wrong.

  43. nyenyenye  May 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Munthu ali wokuba kwambiri, he must be probed ngakhale wafa! This will also bring out those amene amaba nawowo! Inu ngati simufuna izi kuti zichitike khala ndikupepela kwanuko! Bingu ndinamubwezapo ine mu-bank reason insufficient funds akufuna kukasha cheqe cha 15 thousand kwacha, 7 yrs later ndikukapezeka kut wamanga nyumba kuposa hotel, kulemela kuposa employer wake. uku ndikuganiza mopusa!

  44. Another Angle  May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Bingu Empire should be probed. No question about it. Ndata Mansion is more than five star hotel. He was earning MK2million a month. He was president for 8 years which means he accummulated MK192million. Assuming he was saving all his salary to built it, the value of Ndata Mansion is by far more that MK192million.

    As for Bakili Muluzi, he is already being probed since 2004 so whats fuss about Bingu. Joyce Banda declared her assets in 2009 when becoming Veep as such she cannot declare again. Following legal expert she is free as of now.

    The best leaders should do is to avoid plundering wealth when in power otherwise we have to know how MK192 million become billions in investments. Lets not cry wolf now. He was the head of state and we paid everything he wanted. He had to be accountable. Regardless of party, religion, region the state president, veep, ministers are public servant. NO CONDONE

  45. Sizoona  May 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Besides that dis z ur opinion, u shud b one of de pipo who still cn allow someone to do a waste ting jst bcoz de person dd someting gud. W r de one who employed he(let his soul rest in peace) nt 2 capitalize on our tax bt 2 devlop our nation. If u tok of Dr Muluzi he z currently answering coruption charges in court and what more shud de nation do in order 2 sutisfy u fool? Do u tink all tings dat pipo post on social netwrks r jst cooked up issues? Eeee! U hv 2 gt bck 2 ur sense and tink lik a human being. Dnt rise my tempa, otherwise u cn mak me 2 b arrested wth cadriatc.

  46. CHILUNGAMO  May 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    me i like this article well put CSO’s asowa chochita pamene athu ovutika akusowa thandizo koma iwo ndalama akumangira nyumba, ndi ndani akumawafufuza za chima chimene chikumasowa mu mabungwe awo? kuziwa kuchowa chisoso m’diso la azawo koma mwawo muli Chipika. a semberekawo si Abusa anowachotsa kalekale ubusa zifukwa zakenso zochititsa manyadzi kuzichula ndipo ife timadabwa akamazichula kuti Reverend ndi muthu wamba basi si Wa Nsembe kapena mbusa ndi Mac Donald Sembereka uyu.

  47. Foloppence  May 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Malawi Voice should know that the demand to know Bingu’s worth started before he suffered death on or aboput 5th April,2012.To stae the people are obssesd in this Ndata thing is just typical of DPP and Dr. Ntaba syndrome of refuting everything. The one who is obbsseed is Peter because many people came to nadta to bury his Chitsulo cha Njanji brother he went off to talk about NData has three was it five bedrooms. Whom was he cheating on the burial of his brother. He is a fool because some of us who went there had a reason to do so to bury the dicataor Bingui and made sure he was buriied waiting for the resuraection when jesus comes for living and the dead. The wrietr of this article forgets one thing that Bingu new about what people demanded that is why he instiutued a corrupt Retired Anglican Bishop to support and dely the outcome of the didcussion with CSOs. Bingu stloe more than any human being has done in Southern Africa. In fact he supuaased Mugabe who has been in power thre times more than Bingu. If the writer is Peter, Nataba, Gondwe we shall meet at the courts and once again Munlo will save you but if he failed to give Peter Presidency then he will not save the mother fucker Peter.


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