As reported in Digital Journal
, President Bingu wa Mutharika, 78, was rushed to Lilongwe hospital after he collapsed during a meeting with a member of parliament. It's what happened next that is the source of the confusion. So far, there has been no official statement from the Malawian government but doctors and cabinet ministers have told the BBC that the president died almost immediately after arriving at the hospital. Sources told the BBC
that the President's body was taken to South Africa whilst ministers had an all night meeting to try and decide what to do next.
reports that sources are telling them that the President is being treated at Millpark Hospital in Johannesburg and that the president was still alive when he arrived in South Africa.
South African newspaper Times Live
reports that the President died in the hospital in Lilongwe and that his body was transferred to South Africa to be embalmed. The paper said:
"Neither the South African government nor hospital officials in Johannesburg could comment on Mutharika, saying only Malawi's government was authorised to speak about the president."
The confusion over whether or not the President is dead is down to the succession. In law, the Vice President, Joyce Banda should take the President's place as head of state. However, the president's brother, Peter, currently Malawi's Foreign Affairs Minister has been groomed by the President as his successor.
President Bingu wa Mutharika has become increasingly unpopular in Malawi in recent years as the economy, which during his first years after election improved and increased, has taken a downward slide with many Malawians blaming the President's policies.
Police are on the streets of the main cities and the army has been placed in position around Joyce Banda's home. If the President has indeed died, there will be a major political battle as the opposing parties try to get their candidate into the top spot.
The Malawi people meanwhile have been left in a state of confusion and "huge suspense"
with "everyone left guessing" as to what has actually happened to President Bingu wa Mutharika.