Eighty-one year old Finance and Economic Development minister Goodall Gondwe on Friday had to be put on a wheel chair as he failed to walk from a check in point to a boarding lounge due to old age.
A journalist who coincidentally happened to be at Oliver Tambo International Airport in South Africa Deus Sandram says Gondwe was put on a wheel chair and wheeled off to the boarding lounge.
It was not immediately known if the minister was just making fight connections or he was in South Africa on official duties.
Sandram writes on his Facebook wall: “I met my minister of Finance at OR Tambo. Goodall Gondwe was on a wheel chair today. Not because he is unwell but the old man cannot manage walking from the check in point to where the boarding takes place. In all fairness, the old man needs to retire now. Please save the old man.”
However, although Gonndwe is fast eging, the economy is fast picking up with banks now cutting the base lending rate.
The National Bank of Malawi has cut its base lending base on Thursday to 30.5%.
Inflation rate is also down from 24% to 16%.
IMF says the economic outlook looks pretty good.
President Peter Mutharika is likely to hold on to Gondwe, the captain behind the steering of the economy from the muddy waters to clear waters.
Gondwe was born on December 1, 1936 and worked for IMF and African Development Bank.
He served former president Bakili Muluzi as economic advisor until 2004 when President Bingu wa Mutharika appointed him.
Minister of Finance and later served as minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment and Local Government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :