Political expert tells Malawi President Mutharika to step aside on health grounds

A political expert has told President Peter Mutharika to step aside as he cannot work without his right hand.

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Mutharika alighted from a chartered jet, waving his left hand in contrast to the double hand energetic waving he is known for.

Political scientist Ernest Thindwa said the president is not enjoying good health.

“The government needs to take him to hospital. Meanwhile, he should step aside and let the vice president take over. He can come back after he is well,” Thindwa said.

He said the president’s job involves signing documents.

Mutharika greeted cabinet ministers, the vice president Saulos Chilima and others using the left hand. His right hand remained immobile and had to be helped by a security aide to get into his official vehicle.

First Lady wore a sombre mood and the president’s list of those to welcome him with a handshake was drastically reduced.

Board chairman of Centre for the Development of People Macdonald Sembereka said the government should come out to say whether the president signed the documents in the appointed of the four High Court judges and Jane Ansah as Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson.

“These documents are supposed to be signed by the president only but the way he looked it seems he could not sign the documents,” he said.

Information minister Malison Ndau said he was in South Africa and did not see the president whilst presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani was vague on the matter.

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25 thoughts on “Political expert tells Malawi President Mutharika to step aside on health grounds”

  1. Mama Cindie says:

    Koma Malawi timawonjeza kunali kulira APM wasowa ! Azibwerako munthu wabwera mwapeza zifulwa zina. Ayi mkono watere sibwino choncho inetu akumdivetsa . Kodi mutakhala inuyo kuti munthu azikunenani kuti mufa mungave bwanji? TIYENI TIKONDANE. WE SHOULD LOVE EACH OTHERR. AND STOP GOSSPING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. MAMA GETRUDE pitilizano kugwira ntchito yabwino yomwe mwaimba kale komaso kupephera will keep you in prayers.

  2. Tione says:

    Komatu timkanena adathirira msiizi. Anthu ndiye malangizo akupereka koma a Malawi kusamva nd kuuma mitu. Munthu yekha amadziwa ndipo akudziwa kuti akudwala ndi kupempha kuntchito kupita kukapuma kunyumba. Achipatala apereka bwanji bed rest ngati munthu akubisa matenda? Bisani matendawo koma zikavuta Dovido Phiri akwezedwanso ndege kupita ku RSA for treatment yonamizira pomwe asakusowanso treatment. AMalawi simungawanamizetu moti Akweni Kaliati analephera kale. Lawakulira mbwiiyewa ndi dyera saafuna kunena chilungamo. Kudwala is normal and aliyense amadwala nanga chobisira ndi chiyani?. Kugwa anagwa kobzala mitengo was a sign of ill health. Let the man rest and convalescent in peace. Nanga ngati ali bwino, program yokapanga launch ma ID yasinthidwa all of a sudden chifukwa chiyani? Accept facts that the man is sick and needs bed rest, period! Otherwise by insisting that the president is okay you are worsening his condition. Ife athu ndi maso koma tikumufunira president zabwino osakhala enanu kaya mukufuna akulipireni kuti munabisa matenda ake izo ndi zanu. Dziwani kuti a Malawi akudziwa zonse zomwe zinachitika ku America. Wamoyo saafuna sing’anga komanso phukusi lamoyo saakusungira mnzako. If I use my right hand to write, eat and do anything but all of a sudden I start using the left hand, won’t people question why I am doing that? Wakutsina khutu mnansi. Pitilizani mbyiiwe kudzikakamiza kugwira ntchito pomwe mukudwala. Mpando wonona uwu simufuna kuusiya koma la 40 likadzakwana sipadzakhala kuchitira mwina. Ndangopitamo ine ndilibe kuthyolamo mkhwani.

    1. Msamaliya Ine says:

      Agree with you boss

  3. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    I dont blame the minister or any guy, because the president has a choice to greet people with left hand or right hand, whether to talk or not to talk, it is his choice. So do not be stupid.

  4. sakala says:

    greedy ppo surrounding the president are the ones causing all these jim and jack games, change ur attitude learn to work with ur own hands for ur survival.

  5. akuka says:

    November 2011 zinayambaso chonchi. atapita ku msonkhano tinangoona ziiii munthu sakubwera iye atafunsidwa anayankha kuti amayenera kukhala ndi 30 days holiday ndiye anali ku holiday. mwai iye anabwelako nzake zonse zooneka zikugwira tchito.. lero uyu mumati akukumana ndi anthu ofunika after msonkhano koma akukabwerako nzanja lisakugwila tchito . lets learn to say the truth and pray for each other. mutanenatu bwinobwino kuti munthu wadwala anthu amuikiza mu pemphero koma mukubisa why? mumuziweni yesu anthu a DPP. Get well soon mr president

  6. happy magwaza says:

    Lets accepct the fact tht our president is unwell other than politicisizing his illness i think thus not normal.

  7. Death Peoples Party (DPP) says:

    BREAKING NEWS
    In the early hours of this morning, the king of Wu was flown back to the USA for further medical treatment.

    The king of Wu was transported to the airport in a civilian ambulance which was accompanied by two other civilian ambulances.

    He then boarded the air ambulance that was kept waiting for him since yesterday.

    It is not not immediately known when he’ll be back.

    These are just facts. If anyone disputes this, let him or her produce the King tomorrow for all to see. I will eat my words and apologise.

    Copied from Z Allan Ntata

    1. Mugonapamuhanya says:

      Who cares? Whether they are facts or not do you think they matter? Do you think the govt will always be forced to parade the president every time a jim and jack make an allegation? Just go back to work and waste time no more.

  8. Bwalero says:

    Let’s be serious Malawians. You question why mutharikass health was not reported yet you say he should step aside. Are you normal. You have been saying you are praying for him isn’t this hipocracy at its best
    You are idiots with uncivilized politics. You treat the President like a child.To he’ll you go
    Please stop this no sense.Thindwa you can’t do this with your grandparents.
    What goes around comes around.Your photo you don’t look he’s Stop my friend dont be used as a condom

    1. Central says:

      @ Bwalero, I for one strongly supports the idea of us all Malawians knowing the exact health status of the President not for political reasons but for the good of the President himself. Seriously, our quest is not a matter about what illnesses he is suffering from just because we want to make a ridicule but to appreciate the endurance he is going through, and the demands he going through to prepare his body through to endure a lot of stress that accompany the act of leading a nation.
      While you (Bwalero) might not like it, some of us believe that people like you are both saying whatever you are saying and encouraging the President from not accepting to come in the open and inform the nation, that he is not feeling well just because you are using him as a a bridge to getting whatever you are benefitting through him government through him.
      Bwalero, at his age, the travels he is being forced to take, the food (junk food for that matter) he is eating, crowds and questions that he is being forced to answer as part of leading Malawi, all these if you consider how a human body works make “an incredible cardiovascular stress,” and that is not good for his survival!! Musamuumilize munthu kuti inu mupitirize kupeza zimene mukufuna, chifukwa choncho simukumukonda Peter ayi!!
      Whether you like it or not, take this, irrespective of his health, “Malawians will still want him to have his mental functioning that is both quick and intact” and the above on their own have serious outcomes on his survival. Bwalero, why are you sounding annoyed? Chonde siyani kuumiliza ena kuti ataye moyo chifukwa inu mukufuna mupeze zimene mukufuna, sibwinooooooooooo!!
      Do you know that while enough sleep is important not just for focus, but because it’s when brain cells do some important health maintenance, out of the various happenings in Malawi, it might not be possible for him to sleep adequately? So irrespective of his health status, you still want him to be part of the problem solvers? Ana a njoka inu!! Mukukonda zimene mukupeza through him, ndipo simukonda Peter! Amene amakonda Peter ndi amene angamufunire moyo wautali osati zoumilizana kugwila ntchito pamene munthu akuoneka kuti sakupeza bwino.
      On the other hand, and sincerely, based on the President’s health condition, I feel it is high time Malawi established a rule by which doctors (rather than politicians, the likes of Bwalero) determined whether a president was fit to serve or not. Seriously, enawa zapyola pa ndale, tsopano zikuonekelatu kuti mukukonda zimene iye akuyendetsa osakhala moyo wake! Shame on you Bwalerooooooooooooo!!

  9. Dowa says:

    This is no sense. Ism glad you were not told of his sickness you would have declared him dead. Why should he step aside. Has he told you that he can’t do the work. I see all this Saga is politically motivated Kamuzu nobody could have dared to say like that. He used to go on private trip nobody knew what he was going for.
    Chakwera please don’t mislead us it’s too early for you and you will never get the presidency
    Bravo Peter we are praying for you
    Shaa Malawi Moana kmukankhila munthu kumanda
    That’s dirty politics

    1. NJIRA YA MTANDA says:

      choka iwe kadeti siudati ulira mokwezadi mbuyako akatsikira kulichete pompano

  10. Jelbin mk says:

    This confirms what once Ntata said that the president is nothing but a purppet coz it is now clear that he did not sign the documments rather someone did sign on his behalf.

  11. Mapwevupwevu says:

    I have read the constitution! Section 87 subsection 2 states that a team of medical doctors can say if the president is incapacitated.

    Palibe provision yoti ‘political experts’ like this boy Thindwa or opportunists like Sembereka can declare the president unfit to govern!

  12. Godeah says:

    If he managed to greet pipo with the left hand what then can prevent him signing a document with the same hand?
    Present real facts Mr. Thindwa!
    There are doctors who will advise accordingly otherwise this isn’t your field

  13. be humane says:

    Nyasa, please when you want objective expert commenting please avoid Enerst Thindwa. Yes he is a political analyist but too obessesed partisan politics . It is the same as to ask Chakwera to comment on Peter Mutharika or ask Idrissa Nassah or Allan Z. Ntata, or Thom Chimuia to comment on DPP government which is obvious even before they say any word from their mouth you know already what they will say

  14. Kangw\'ingw\'i says:

    The Political Expert looks sicker than the president himself

    1. Ulreka says:

      The issue here is whether the president is fit both mentally and physically to carry out his duties. For him to lose the use of his right hand temporarily or permanently there must be an underlying health issue. Physical disability such as his, cannot prevent him from performing his duties. We however should start worrying if there is a serious underlying health issue which could render him mentally incapable of making sound decisions. Anyway, was he elected to office to append his signature to documents only? Let us stop obsessing on petty issues.

  15. Gogodasi says:

    The point is that he did not sign for the appointments made to the Judges and MEC Chair. This is why everything was done on remote – he knew what he was doing. This is what happens when a leader is not bale to delegate his/her deputy. This is an issue that the opposition can raise in Parliament and let Mkondiwa show MPs the documents the President signed for these appointments, failing which Parliament must recommend that Mkondiwa be sacked immediately for failure to exercise his professionalism.

  16. Ine says:

    Achoke bas! I am tired of this shit

  17. Nambewe says:

    One minute you are pressurising the man to come home! next minute you pressurising the man to have stayed in hospital! For havens sake let the man make up his mind. Yes I agree, as a nation we would have liked to know what is going on but clearly something is going on . I don’t agree that this should be hidden from Malawians! so I mark DPP for that! but this reaction on this article makes me realise why they may not want to reveal anything yet! Saulosi is working! Don’t panic! just wish the president well.

  18. yebo phiri says:

    I am told that the minister of Information is a man of God(Mbusa) but to my surprise the way he is able to tell the nation zabodza i dont even know ngati ku church amalalikiladi zowona ndakaika kwambiri

  19. zondiwe says:

    There is no secret in illness. The President is human, and he can fall I’ll at any time. Government officials are busy blaming innocent people, yet they are the ones who have failed to explain the President’s health. Why is his right hand incapacitated? This is the main issue to be explained. Of the Government thinks our President will be enjoying ‘robust health’ for ever then there is something wrong with you. You are seeing the signs, and you ignore them and promote a false story at your own expense.

    1. Oza says:

      I am very sory with all cabinet ministers, why you want to kill our president because of your greedy? Do you think he will still putting you behind until 2019? Our president he is honorable man he need respect and favour as a human being. Let the president go to receive treatment as our president, do you feel good when you see our president dying like a farmer who doesn’t have any friend and relative any refuge? Take care God is watching

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