Mutharika livid of death wish ‘nonsense’
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