First couple opt for delayed honeymoon–State House

Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his newly wedded wife, Gertrude, have decided not to go on honeymoon immediately, State House ha said.

State House press officer Justice Mponda said the two are not going anywhere soon because “honeymoon is not a priority in the meantime”.

He, however, said the first couple will go for their honeymoon “at a later stage”.

Newlywed Peter and Gertrude Mutharika

Newlywed Peter and Gertrude Mutharika

Honeymoons have been a treasured tradition among newlyweds for centuries. And for many couples, getting away together on a luxurious honeymoon is the best part of the wedding experience.

For other modern couples, the importance of honeymoons has diminished, and has led marrying couples to look for alternatives to the traditional honeymoon

Mutharika, 74, married Gertrude, 54, in a colourful ceremony before local dignitaries in a jam-packed Blantyre church on Saturday.

President Mutharika has been a widower for three decades since the death of his first wife. He has three children from that marriage.

The First Lady is also widowed with a son from the first marriage.

The wedding was in contrast to that staged by his late brother and former president, Bingu wa Mutharika, who used millions of dollars from state coffers for his marriage to Callista Chimombo in 2010.

Mutharika, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, won May 20 elections, defeating incumbent Joyce Banda.

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