Mutharika arrives back in Malawi
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