Mutharika livid of death wish ‘non­sense’

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CAPE TOWN — Malawi Pres­i­dent Peter Mutharika was ex­pected back home yes­ter­day, weeks af­ter at­tend­ing the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York.

Mutharika’s ab­sence from the coun­try for al­most a month, prompted de­mands for him to ex­plain what crit­ics called his “ab­sence with­out leave”.

Mutharika ad­dressed the UN gath­er­ing of world lead­ers in late Septem­ber. He was not seen there­after, with the pres­i­dency al­legedly say­ing re­cently that he was con­duct­ing meet­ings with a “num­ber of peo­ple one-by-one”.

The pres­i­dency made this state­ment af­ter ru­mours spread that the south­ern African coun­try’s pres­i­dent was ill and was be­ing hos­pi­talised in the US. Some even sug­gested he was dead.

Ac­cord­ing to Nyasa Times, Vice Pres­i­dent Sau­los Chilima’s of­fice con­firmed that the pres­i­dent would re­turn yes­ter­day, “rub­bish­ing sen­sa­tional re­ports about his con­di­tion, say­ing there has never been any cause for alarm at any time”.

The re­port said that Mutharika had got wind of the ru­mours and “is not amused with the non­sense of wish­ing him dead”. — AFP

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