CSOs  say Mutharika ‘unwell’ and should step aside for recuperation: Condemn Malawi govt ‘insensitive’ conduct on President’s health

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) have condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s “dishonest and insensitive conduct” towards the health of the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika back and waves with left hand asright hand seems unwell

Mutharika back and waves with left hand asright hand seems unwell

The Malawi leader has returned home after a weeks-long visit to the United States  which sparked rumours over his health.

President Mutharika, 76, flew to New York a month ago 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.

The government  spokesman Malison Ndau moved to dispel the rumours, insisting that the president was “enjoying very robust health”.

However, on arrival Sunday at Kamuzu International Airport, the President was not visibly recuperating from what appeared an operation on his shoulder.

In a joint statement signed by CHRR and Cedep executive directors Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence respectively, the two human rights organisations have said Mutharika is “unwell.”

“We find it unbecoming and condescending that the DPP government has been consistently lying to the Malawi nation that the President is in ‘robust health’ and ‘101% fit’ when the truth is the Malawi leader is unwell. This is un-called for,” reads the statement in part.

The statement says CHRR and Cedep wish to remind the DPP government that it governs on trust enshrined in Section 12 of the Constitution of Malawi.

“As such, Malawians expect nothing short of trustworthy information and conduct from government.

“We at CHRR and Cedep wish to underscore the point that the health of President is of paramount public concern, as he is the leader for all Malawians. Malawians deserve to know the true health condition of their leader to derive confidence in the leader’s capacity to deliver on the country’s numerous challenges.”

The two organisations say the President is “not an immortalised figure” , saying he is a human being who call fall ill like the rest of Malawians.

“ As such, it is beneath the government machinery to hide the illness of the country’s leader. This culture of needless secrecy  needs to stop,” the statement said.

However, CHRR and Cedep have  called upon government to apologise to the Malawi nation for the lies it has been peddling on the whereabouts and health of the President since the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Nonetheless, as per Constitutional demands, specifically Section 37,  the rights bodies ask the President and his government to urgently explain to Malawians the cost of UNGA, including the expenses on the President’s medical treatment.

They have also asked  President Mutharika to “honorably step aside to concentrate on his further treatment and recuperation” and wished Mutharika a “speedy recovery.”

On arrival,  Mutharika did not address a news conference.

nothing to reporters or the hundreds of supporters who waited to welcome him.

A prominent rights activist Billy Mayaya has also called for authorities to release a statement on the leader’s health.

“We know everybody gets sick, but Mutharika is a president and there is a need for Malawians to know about the health of their president,”  said Mayaya as quoted by AFP.

Mutharika, a former lawyer, was elected in 2014 for a five-year term.

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15 thoughts on “CSOs  say Mutharika ‘unwell’ and should step aside for recuperation: Condemn Malawi govt ‘insensitive’ conduct on President’s health”

  1. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    It is sad that in the twenty first century Malawi is acting like 15th century, the president can get sick biologically like any other person. In Rome Pope John Paul fell sick and in Malawi we knew that he was sick, seriousl sick etc. In Israel Shimon Perez was sick we had information. Why hiding that our president is sick? We would have been simpathising with him rather than ridicuring him.

  2. DeadEnd says:

    Sounds like we are reliving the past

    Nyasatimes November 14, 2011 \

    I’m not dead or missing, Malawi President speaks

    Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika was forced to refute recent reports that he was “missing” and rumours circulating that he was critically ill and had died.

    Ruling DPP vice president Yunus Mussa and spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba organised a news conference in Lilongwe on Monday to prove that the President was alive.

    Mussa telephoned Mutharika in Hong Kong to speak to a journalist and prove that he was fit and well.
    The President spoke to veteran journalist Dickson Kashoti of Blantyre Newspapers Limited.

    The 78-year-old Mutharika, reportedly furious with the death rumours, told the journalist that he was is “sound health” and that his wife Callista was also well.

    The President laughed off the rumours that he was dead and that he was gravely ill.
    Mutharika said he was spending his days on annual leave in Hong Kong.

  3. The MindReader says:

    Attn Dr Zaya Kunkhongo

    Mukumveka kuti ndinu a medical assistant, clinical officer, nurse or mwina adokotala kumene. You have given him diagnosis and a possible differential even without physically examining him let alone done any investigation, sic. Real doctors don’t comment on social media stories with diagnosis because they know when the truth about the actual diagnosis comes out you’ll be ashamed of how badly you guessed. In addition, your reputation, people won’t believe what you say over time.

    Look, if it was right shoulder joint arthroscopic surgery, why is the drip (IV catheter ) on the same side? Similarly, in the case of your other differential, why would they put the drip on the affected side? You might argue that they were trying to preserve the use of the left hand I.e. saving it for hand shakes and waving at the airport lol. That would be awful. The question is why didn’t they thought putting the drip in cubital vein (elbow) or somewhere in the forearm vein, away from the wrist joint? Your guess is as good as mine.

    Lastly, a word on your stroke story. First of all ischemic stroke does not always result in bleed. Usually big MCA infarct got tendency to bleed (read about haemorrhagic conversation of ischemic infarcts). Primary haemorrhagic infarcts are commonly seen in hypertensive individuals or those with underlying vasculopath. If indeed he had an infarct big enough to paralyse his arm, why then his ipsilateral leg is spared?

    I will no tell you what I think he had, for the same fear that I said above. But all I can say is that, as a Mind Reader I think I know pretty well what is going on with the president but I will not speculate.

  4. Babes Wodumo says:

    Nawenso Pita ask Rob how he has managed to stay strong all these years aaaah sunadyerere nanga

  5. Zaya Kunkhongo says:

    The guy obviously looks sickly to me. I doubt it’s anything to do with a shoulder op. A shoulder op would not have stopped the guy from addressing the crowds at KIA or at least answering one or two questions from the private media let alone public broadcasters waiting for him at KIA. The guy could have suffered a stroke to his left side of the brain due to poor supply of blood (ischemia) leading to hemorrhaging. This would naturally affect his brain thus affect mobility to parts of his body in Mutharika’s case his failure to use his right hand. His speech gets affected too no wonder he failed to address the crowds and media – very uncharacteristic of a him – after a long absence from the country.

    The paralysis of his right hand is thus of a more serious medical condition than just a mere shoulder op. Besides, if it was a shoulder athroscopy we could have expected him to be in a sling if it was more severe one or expect him to have recovered by now if it was a minor one especially given the long period he has stayed in the US.

    From that picture l doubt dzanja limenelija likugwila ntchito the way he is just hanging it says quite a lot about his condition and something quite different from an athroscopy surgery. I very much suspect the President had a stroke and his long absence in the US anali pa physiotherapy amenewo.

    In the absence of information from the government on Mutharika’s health we will continue to speculate and that is within our rights to. Ngati akufuna tikhale duu iwo ayankhe mafunso omwe mtundu waMalawi ukuvutika nawo lelo on the health of the President. The cloak of secrecy surrounding Mutharika’s health will not die down unless government or Mutharika address that issue. In every practising democracy, the health of the head of state is a legitimate area of public debate and in the absence of information from government – Malawians are well within their rights to speculate.

    Now, we can just wait for Wednesday that he launches the national ID project. That function may answer most of our questions. Should he fail to address that gathering then our speculation are very founded.

    1. The MindReader says:

      Attention Dr Zaya Kunkhongo.

      Mukumveka kuti ndinu a medical assistant, clinical officer, nurse or mwina adokotala kumene. You have given him diagnosis and a possible differential even without physically examining him let alone done any investigation, sic. Real doctors don’t comment on social media stories with diagnosis because they know when the truth about the actual diagnosis comes out you’ll be ashamed of how badly you guessed. In addition, your reputation, people won’t believe what you say over time.

      Look, if it was right shoulder joint arthroscopic surgery, why is the drip (IV catheter ) on the same side? Similarly, in the case of your other differential, why would they put the drip on the affected side? You might argue that they were trying to preserve the use of the left hand I.e. saving it for hand shakes and waving at the airport lol. That would be awful. The question is why didn’t they thought putting the drip in cubital vein (elbow) or somewhere in the forearm vein, away from the wrist joint? Your guess is as good as mine.

      Lastly, a word on your stroke story. First of all ischemic stroke does not always result in bleed. Usually big MCA infarct got tendency to bleed (read about haemorrhagic conversation of ischemic infarcts). Primary haemorrhagic infarcts are commonly seen in hypertensive individuals or those with underlying vasculopath. If indeed he had an infarct big enough to paralyse his arm, why then his ipsilateral leg is spared?

      I will no tell you what I think he had, for the same fear that I said above. But all I can say is that, as a Mind Reader I think I know pretty well what is going on with the president but I will not speculate.

    2. Chidyamakanda says:

      Zaya Kunkhongo you are full of hate. Iwe kumene umagwira ntchito amawachotsa ntchito anthu akadwala? How about iweyo utadwala for 2 weeks udzakondwa abwana ako akukuuza kuti ntchito takuchotsani kuti mukachite concetrate pa matenda anu. I find your reasoning stupid. Trapens and Mtambo are stupidly hateful too.

  6. be humane says:

    CEDEP and CHRR, where in the constitution does it states that if the president gets sick then must resign from presidency? If we follow this reason then how many presidents shall we have per year? I only agree with you that government owns us an apology for lying that the president is 101% well and health. Sickness comes anytime in life. When Undule MWakasungula was sick in Zimbabwe for almost a year he continued heading your CHRR Mr. Mtambo and why did you not force him to resign? Your call for Mutharika to resign is not coming because of his sickness but you have wanted him to resign several times. Remember all your altimutums to the president. Therefore, this coming out of CEDEP and CHRR lacks objectivity. Kodi CEDEP imagwira ntchito yanji M’malawi muno? What other projects do they implement and where apart from news articles and radion speaking on Mathanyula?

  7. Phyuta says:

    Bull-shit !! Tripance and Tambo must be stopped.

  8. Maunits says:

    Zovuta kwambiri. Anthu awa a DPP samva ndipo ndiamene amaphetsa atsogeleri. How is it possible to let someone who is sick and unwell to lead the country, this position need someone to be fit and strong and some who you really know he went under operation and you force to lead the country very bad anthu inu a dpp opanda chikondi mukufuna afeso. As CSO’s have rightly said I also say stop lying to the nation and ask Malison Ndau to resign as minister. Get a lesson of Bingu.

  9. Zaya says:

    The guy obviously looks sickly to me. I doubt it’s anything to do with a shoulder op. A shoulder op would not have stopped the guy from addressing the crowds at KIA or at least answering one or two questions from the private media let alone public broadcasters waiting for him at KIA. The guy could have suffered a stroke to his left side of the brain due to poor supply of blood (ischemia) leading to hemorrhaging. This would naturally affect his brain thus affect mobility to parts of his body in Mutharika’s case his failure to use his right hand. His speech gets affected too no wonder he failed to address the crowds and media – very uncharacteristic of a him – after a long absence from the country.

    The paralysis of his right hand is thus of a more serious medical condition than just a mere shoulder op. Besides, if it was a shoulder athroscopy we could have expected him to be in a sling if it was more severe one or expect him to have recovered by now if it was a minor one especially given the long period he has stayed in the US.

    From that picture l doubt dzanja limenelija likugwila ntchito the way he is just hanging it says quite a lot about his condition and something quite different from an athroscopy surgery. I very much suspect the President had a stroke and his long absence in the US anali pa physiotherapy amenewo.

    In the absence of information from the government on Mutharika’s health we will continue to speculate and that is within our rights to. Ngati akufuna tikhale duu iwo ayankhe mafunso omwe mtundu waMalawi ukuvutika nawo lelo on the health of the President. The cloak of secrecy surrounding Mutharika’s health will not die down unless government or Mutharika address that issue. In every practising democracy, the health of the head of state is a legitimate area of public debate and in the absence of information from government – Malawians are well within their rights to speculate.

    Now, we can just wait for Wednesday that he launches the national ID project. That function may answer most of our questions. Should he fail to address that gathering then our speculation are very founded.

  10. Kyala says:

    It is possible, he had a stroke and one side is paralyzed or not functioning as normal. Hence the use of the left hand. Looking at the photo, It seems the right hand is just dangling without power.

    In a well oiled transparent democratic govt, the people of Malawi would have been briefed on the president’s health condition. Instead dpp thugs are just insulting the people threatening to deal with those spreading false rumors forgetting that there would be no rumors if people are given information in the first place. He is not ordinary, he is the president, so the nation need to know what is happening.

    1. Gravel says:

      We can not trust these people any more. APM is the state president by now not just a party president why hiding about his sickness? Malison Ndau and your team please apologies to the nation and after you need to resign we can not trust you with our nation any more

  11. Akamonga says:

    He is only human

  12. Parallel Market says:

    My fellow malawians,

    I am glad that my President is finally back home alive amidst insensitive rumours abt his health. It is important for Govt officials to know that the President is for every malawian therefore anything that concerns him is a concern for all malawians.

    I am not happy with the way party and govt officials are handling affairs surrounding APM’s health first as a person and second as our President. It is not necessary to force the President to hastilly come home and appear to the public in the condition of yesterday, 16.10.2016. Leave him to rest and recuperate well dont push him to perform govt functions asakupeza bwino. Our President deserves better treatment than this. What malawians are pleading for is honesty from Govt. If the President is not feeling well he should not force himself to appear to the public. The nation will understand and rally behind him in prayers and good will messages. Munthu aliyense amadwala at a certain point in life. Sizachilendo zimenezo. Osamavutitsa bwana kugwira ntchito ngati asakupeza bwino. Thats inhumane!!!!

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