President Mutharika said this on Friday when he unveiled a statue of the late President at the New Parliament Building in Lilongwe.
The ceremony was followed with a memorial service for Bingu with military honours.
“He was a gifted musician in his private life; a fine designer; a chef with tempting cooking; and a skilled political leader. He wrote songs that are still played in the United States today under a pseudonym. That was the kind of a man Bingu was.
“Above all, Bingu was a great leader and an inspiring statesman on this continent. In Bingu, we celebrate a man who inspired us to be economically independent. He was a man who inspired us to be ambitious. And he often said, in the pursuing our dreams, “not even the sky is the limit.” And he worked hard for this country.
“In Bingu, we celebrate an African statesman who urged Africa to turn its resources into wealth. His African Food Basket dream inspired many Africans. Bingu reminded us that “Africans are poor, but Africa is not poor.” He challenged us to believe that we are a poor people in a rich world – and never to make poverty our choice.
“Bingu taught us to walk with pride and shoulders high wherever we went around the world. Bingu had an inspiring African Dream. He dreamt of an Africa that transforms us from poverty to prosperity. And he urged us to pursue this dream with passion, dedication and determination.
“Bingu was a founder. He was there in founding COMESA. And Bingu remains the founder of the Democratic Progressive Party. As a political founder, Bingu is a political father to many Malawians. We can only honour Bingu in pursuing his political dream. Bingu taught us to believe in ourselves. And he taught us to be believe in the power of ideas. He taught us to be bold, and to stand up for what we believe in,” said President Mutharika.
Bingu’s statue is clearly depicting him with his signature gesture to the country that “let the works of my hands speak for me.”
Whilst in power Ngwazi Bingu wa Mutharika constructed Kamuzu's Mausoleum located near Parliament Building and a statue at Area 18 in Lilongwe.
Bingu's statue unveiling also marked seven years since the death of the former President.