What did you do when the president of your country went missing without explanation? Here is what I did;
I wrote to the UN Secretary General and President Obama. I also wrote the Presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa and AUC Chairperson Dr Dlamini Zuma, to inquire if perhaps President Peter Mutharika had mentioned anything to them about his plans when they met at the UN in New York.
I wrote to the Mayor and Police Commissioner of New York City, where Mutharika was last seen, in case anything untoward had happened to our dearly loved leader within their precinct.
Twitter has been an important tool in the search for answers. And I have been on it since the day the President vanished. The hashtag #BringBackMutharika was quickly picked up by BBC, Reuters, M&G, The Economist, News24, VOA…and many others who shared with the world Malawi’s concern for their missing 76-year-old president.
I fielded interviews with the BBC & Voice of America and Power FM of South Africa, who generously gave half an hour of live radio, where I again told of the anguish of a people left to guess and second guess the whereabouts and wellbeing of their leader.
I also lamented how useless and inept government communications had been throughout this period and that the Minister of Information had turned himself into a joke that it was hard to take him seriously anymore.
The problem he faces is that nobody will now want to believe a liar, even when the liar is telling a truth.
So, we wait for Sunday.