I am not dying anytime soon, 2019 will seek re-election – Malawi President Mutharika

President Peter Muthatika has scolded members of the opposition for wishing that he would hurry up and die , saying  he has ‘more than 9 lives’ like a cat and will not be dying anytime soon because he is in ‘perfect’ health.

Mutharika: I have more than 9 lives

Mutharika: I have more than 9 lives

Mutharika not walking away: Fit and well

Mutharika not walking away: Fit and well

He spoke at a news conference at Kamuzu Palace parrying away fears that he has falling health.

The President who was in a jovial mood also waved both hands in the air to refute rumours that his right hand was in bad shape after he greeted people using his left hand when he arrived from a month long visit of the USA where he attended the 71st United nations general Assembly.

“If there is a person who has died several times and wake up, then it’s me,” said 76 year old leader.

“I think I have more than nine lives, more than a cat. Maybe I could be likened to Harry Houdini; do you know who Harry Houdini is you members of the press? Ok maybe Virginia Palmer (USA Ambassador to Malawi) might know him,” said Mutharika.

“There was too much talk about my health, but I want to tell you that I am well. I have organs like a 30 year old. ”

Mutharika confirmed about undergoing a shoulder operation.

“I only have a long time problem with my right shoulder and I had an operation in the USA so when I was coming my right hand was numb and that is why I greeted people with my left hand,” added Mutharika to the ulululation of DPP women who also graced the press briefing.

“Maybe the opposition wanted to face a weaker candidate in 2019, I am here you will face me in 2019,” said Mutharika.

“Others were saying I should hand over power because I was sick. Maybe you don’t know but I am the one who inserted that provision in the constitution on 4 February 1995 in this very room that when a president is incapacitated, there should be a team of private medical practitioners to examine him and then inform the Speaker of Parliament. Its incapacitation not being sick,” said Mutharika, who apparently was now losing temper.

Answering a question on the blackout of information on the last 15 days of his USA visit, Mutharika said he sent all his staff back home after the UNGA and therefore there was no one to pass on that information home.

“Don’t blame my people, if anything blame me. I am not accountable to newspapers and by the way it’s not on for me to tell you every minute of my meetings,” said Mutharika.

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Kwacha Malawi
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a ZBS musaonetsere mbali imene muli nthawi zonse chitsime chimaoneka chakuya chikaphwa. Management of ZBS should work soberly and do as professional radio. You always brings shame to the Malawian nation when you air a story without backup and which you don’t have first hand information. Remember 2012 mumachita kunenera ngati masewera a mpira mpomwe ndi imfa everybody deserves respect and honour. What had happened that day at state house briefing it wasn’t surprised. Please ZBS management deserves your respect not zikachitika mumvera kwa ife musanafufuze. There is no man on Ireland! MCP ngati mwayi ulipo olowa m’boma muzazionanso zomwe… Read more »
Ause Mu Mtendere Peter
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Ause Mu Mtendere Peter
i have followed all the comment, i have counted votes for those hu r behind peter and for those hu r against peter, according to these comment the against ones have wone with far much votes, the YES BWANA, very lito votes. now u say peter azawina 2019 kuti? pipo r dying out there coz of lack of proper health care, and u think pipo a 2 blind to see?uchoka kunjakwakeko kubwera kuno kungofikira kukweza mtengo wa chimanga, yet he is saying nobody will die with hunger, hau? is he going to be giving free maize khomo ndi khomo? does… Read more »
True Patriot
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I want someone to mention just one thing that Malawians benefited from the much choreographed and very expensively organized press conference – just one thing that added value to our fast deteriorating standards of living! Zero!!!! All we saw, and it was exhibited in full abundance, was executive arrogance! One would be forgiven if one concluded that arrogance is actually a key characteristic for one to survive in APM’S cabinet!

Gab Banda
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Is Teresa Ndanga a threat to the President? Why is it everytime the president gets emotional whenever this American educated professional ask or enquire? What sanity was that she was being moved seats minutes before Press Conference? Who hired those women who followed her all the way from the gates to the Conference Room and all way back to her vehicle? What wrong with Mr President not to allow her ask a second question? You even started to respond emotionally to her unfinished question. Remember, Ndanga doesnt own ZBS and casigating ZBS because of Ndanga is very sad, shameful to… Read more »
mchisala
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Mutharika was servicing his American Green card on our hard-earned tax money and needed the additional days for this!

chitima
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“how can l return while sick when l have a medical insurance in USA” …what ? l doubt if Mr Chunga’s question meant something to him… he doesnt care about the status of our health system. I sent all my staff back …that why there was no communication … maine ! A Malawi tili pamoto … mabodza awa atithandiza ?

Tione Phiri
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Nthanga kunena adathawitsa likongwe wa apongozi ndipo ndapakonda adasiya mnkhonde. Ife athu ndi maso kuyang’ana ndi kumvetserara.

The Analyst
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O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O Any sensible person can’t wish or celebrate another’s misfortune. . . . Thus, wishing or hoping or praying that APM become incapacitated, is just as nonsensical as interpreting any sickness of the president as a scintilla of incapacitation. . . . But isnt it an indellible mark of wisdom to respond to such idle and malicious rumours with equanimity and humility? . . . Nanga inu, who doesn’t know that “Tomorrow is promised to no one”? – Clint Eastwood; and thus that all we can do is wish? . . . Wouldnt it be more appropriate therefore for APM… Read more »
Mapwevupwevu
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Everyone gets sick sometime. Personally I dont like Mutharika’s leadership style but it was sickening the way people wished him dead. From Lazaro Chakwera, Gift Trapence, Timothy Mtumbo, aka ka lawyer ka Thindwa aka, makamakanso this lunatic Kamlepo Kaluwa ndi anthu ena a ku Ntcheu ndi mbuzi za mitima yovunda who deserve to die in the stead of the president!

Palinso mabakha ena mukulemba za kumtumbo ngati kwanu anthu samadwala kapena kufa. You are not God! Munaluza let Peter rule. Tonse tidzafa!

thickcolouredchick
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Mr. president please do something about water and electricity

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