Bingu Died on the Way to Hospital, Pronounced Dead 2:30 Pm April 5 - Report
Late President Bingu wa Mutharika died on 5 April, 2012 on the way to hospital, the Commission of Inquiry set to establish the circumstances that led to Bingu's death disclosed Wednesday.
The report says the President was already dead when the government machinery took him to South Africa to give an impression that he was still alive.
The report also puts to rest attempts by some quarters to distort history by indicating that Mutharika died on April 7 or 8 2012.
Retired Justice Elton Singini, Chairperson of the commission said Mutharika collapsed at State House in the Presidential audience room at around 11:10am and was taken into an ambulance rushing him to KCH.
"He died on his way to the hospital and that was within minutes of collapse before the ambulance reached the hospital.
The ambulance arrived at the hospital at about 11:25 am and the president was brought dead," Retired Justice Singini said.
According to the chairperson of the commission, medical personnel at KCH made attempts to resuscitate him but that was already too late, too little.
He said," At around 2:30pm doctors at the hospital pronounced him dead and informed relevant authorities of the fact."
Retired Justice Singini said the cause of Bingu's death was 'irregular beating of his heart at that moment of his collapse , called cardiac arrhythmia, which resulted in him suffering a cardiac arrest."
The chairperson said late president Mutharika had a history of heart attack, having suffered a minor heart attack in 2009.
Retired Justice Singini said the commission could not get hold of the postmortem report, because the South African doctors handed it over to Muthariaka's children.
The findings have been first given to President Joyce Banda before it is made public