Jacaranda School Choir performs at State Funeral of President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika
04.23.2012
On 23rd April, 2012, the Jacaranda School choir performed at the state funeral of former president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika, who died suddenly from a heart attack on 5th April 2012. On 7th April, his vice-president, Mrs Joyce Banda, was sworn in as the new President of the Republic of Malawi. She will hold the office until the next presidential elections in 2014. She is the second female president in Africa, alongside Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Twenty children from our school choir sang beautifully several gospel songs, in front of a huge audience and numerous high level dignitaries, including several African presidents: President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki, President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, Deputy President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe, Vice President of Zambia, Guy Scott.

Under a scorching sun, thousands of mourners gathered in Bingu wa Mutharika's farm estate called Ndata, in the beautiful hills of the Thyolo region, in the Southern part of Malawi. Twenty one salves of canons were shot, the highest military honour in Malawi. Bingu wa Mutharika was buried in the imposing, white marble mausoleum he had built for his first wife, Ethel Mutharika, who passed away in 2007.

Jacaranda School founder Marie Da Silva was called among the dignitaries to lay a wreath on the president's coffin. Jacaranda School Form Four student Dorothy Damba laid the wreath together with Marie.

The Jacaranda School Choir, performing gospel songs.
Catholic women attending the funeral.
The president's coffin, wrapped in the flag of Malawi.
The mausoleum Bingu wa Mutharika built for his first wife, alongside whom he was laid to rest.
The president's coffin, carried away to the mausoleum.
21 salves of canon were shot, the highest military honour in Malawi.