Mutharika ar­rives back in Malawi

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BLAN­TYRE — Malaw­ian Pres­i­dent Peter Mutharika re­turned home on Sun­day after an un­ex­plained trip to the United States that lasted sev­eral weeks, spark­ing ru­mours over his health.

Mutharika flew to New York to give a speech at the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Septem­ber 25 but there had been no word from him since, prompt­ing speculation on­line that he was crit­i­cally ill or even dead.

e gov­ern­ment moved to dis­pel the ru­mours at the be­gin­ning of this week, in­sist­ing that the 76-year-old was “en­joy­ing very ro­bust health” and con­tin­u­ing “his func­tions and du­ties whilst in the US”.

But the ru­mours con­tin­ued with the pres­i­dent’s re­turn to Malawi’s ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal Li­longwe on Sun­day.

He made no public re­marks at the air­port — and used his left hand to wave to a crowd of sup­port­ers and to shake hands with of­fi­cials, rais­ing more speculation among Malaw­ians who are scru­ti­n­is­ing ev­ery de­tail for clues about his health. — AFP

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