Fit and well  President Mutharika returns to  Malawi on Sunday: Announcement downplays death report in Zimbabwe’s Newsday

Malawian President Peter Mutharika who has been subjected of speculation that he was gravely ill and had sought medical help following his extended stay in the United States after attending the UN General Assembly in New York will return home on Sunday, October 16, 2016, according to his spokesman.

Mutharika: Malawi government dismisses rumours about his health

Mutharika: Malawi government dismisses rumours about his health

Presidential Press Secretary at official Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Mgeme Kalilani said on Tuesday morning that the Malawi leader will touch down the home soil at 13:00 hours on Sunday through Kamuzu International Airport.

“His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will return home on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from the United States of America (USA) where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and also attended to various government businesses,” Kalilani said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

The accouncement comes in the wake of a  circulating copy of Zimbabwean newspaper, Newsday,  published on Tuesday claiming Mutharika had died.

With a headline of ‘The President of Malawi confirmed dead’, the Newsday claims Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has send condolences and that government of Malawi is hiding the death from Malawians “after doctors in the US confirmed his death.”

Several online media in Malawi have been sensationally reporting about Mutharika’s condition, albeit without any facts or credible sources.

Mutharika, 76 spoke at the UN on 25 September and has been out of Malawi since then sparking speculations about his health.

But government insists that the Head of State enjoys a clean bill of health and that there was no need for people to panic.

“The President is enjoying very robust health and is continuing to carry on his duties” government spokesman Malison Ndau said.

Ndau, who is also minister of information and communication, warned that people speculating on Mutharika’s health will be “brought to book”.

He said the rumours  that Mutharika was gravelly ill “were baseless, malicious and sickening”.

Government spokesman also reminded “all Malawians that whilst the laws of this country provide for freedom of expression, those rights ought to be exercised responsibly and within the law.

“Spreading false rumours about the health of the president is a criminal offence.”

Nonetheless, Mutharika will return back to the grim reality of rising public anger over an economic meltdown, power outages, widely blamed on corruption.

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santana
Guest

You people should not debate whether the president will end the blackouts or not, no. Continue debating whether the president is dead or not. Those who said the president is dead have strong evidence on this and the ones who are refuting this rumour, govt inclusive are also saying with confidence. So wait till sunday to see who is a fool.

Simon
Guest

DPP the blackouts party in conjunction Escom working towards blackouts all day everyday DppWoyee blackouts Woyee

Thinktank
Guest

The man didnt surrender his residency in the run up to 2014 elections. ….watch him…this is not the last time he will do this…he has to re..enter USA and stay 30 days to avoid losing permanent. Residency. .Forget this nonsense. ..that he was doing peoples business. .It was about his personal business. .and we Malawians are footing the bill…..

Nomaindia
Guest

Ameneyoyo azingobwera azasove za midimayi

David
Guest

Tatopa ndi ma blackout bola jb magetsi nsama mtima.nsinga votaso Dpp I mpakana 20 hours a day ngati tili ku mudzi Escom rubbish

Gule
Guest

He went to America to give advice to Hilary Clinton on how to punch on Donald trump. He has succeeded. Staging a vigil that’s nosensense. Why are you worried yet vice president is here running the affairs. MCP is worried if Peter died they will not win by fighting against Mchilima because he is from Central
Take my word Peter was attending presidential debate in USA and its justified his trip to be confidential

patriot
Guest

kupoila a Malawi

Achimidzimidzi
Guest

Can somebody tell me honestly, who arranges trips for the president between OPC, Ministry of foreign Affairs and State House press secretary because all along, I thought state house deals with State House issues. But coming up with the presidential itinerary is blows up my mind now

Chikaiko
Guest

Lets wait and see…musathe mawu. Anything can happen between today and Sunday…Will see what you will tell Malawians on Monday.

Chipatso
Guest

Malawians how can you wish your ow president death. First I pray to God that those that were speculating the news should lose their loved ones and see how it feels to lose a person. A Malawi munatani osafunilana zabwino. That is why you will remain in poverty.

NJIRA YA MTANDA
Guest

Chipatso which God will hear ur stupid prayers, u must be a concentrated fool I guess, anthu okonda kudya zakuba, always relying on favours ndi amene mukuopa, who are you to stop people from expressing their perceptions?

Central
Guest

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, @ Chipatso where are you getting za kufunilana zoipa? Is the message you have tagged having what you are saying or you just want to show the World you are one of the overzealous defenders?

Personally, what I am getting from Chikaiko, and per his name, all I am getting from the message is that the guy is pessimistic and doesn’t believe what he is getting, because last week before weekend there was a similar announcement and come Monday, we had different things!! Now za zofunilana zoipazi ndiye mwazitenga kuti amangwetuuuu!!

These are acts of dunderheads and bootlickers at best……………………………………!!

Three Angels message
Guest

If he will declare that from Sunday no more blackouts then he is welcome else we continue to be good without him. Koma on the other hand, imfa yake yayandikira

Chipatso
Guest

Yayandikila ndi yako. Iweyo you will not see Saturday while the president is coming on Sunday.

NJIRA YA MTANDA
Guest

vuto lokhala ana a azimayi omwe ntchito yawo ndikuvina mmisonkhano ya DPP, lazy fool!

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