Bingu reveals ‘I went to Nigeria’, Zomba State House to become hospital

The truth remains the truth. You can hide it but one day it will come out. Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika,  who sneaked out of the country two weeks ago, revealed on Sunday that the Nyasa Times story that he went to Nigeria was credible.

Commenting on the scarcity of fuel in the country, Mutharika said even in Nigeria where he went there is fuel problem.

“Every problem has a solution. I want to assure you Malawians that I shall provide solutions to the problems we have. Even in Nigeria where I went, there are fuel problems,” he said when opening the construction of the Blantyre-Zomba Road.

He did not mention what he was doing in Nigeria but media reports indicated that he was on his knees begging for fuel.

Mutharika: Confirms he went to Nigeria

Mutharika’s revelations that he went to Nigeria are in sharp contrast to statements made by government ‘liars’ Patricia Kaliati, Hetherwick Ntaba and Edward Sawerengera, Information minister and presidential spokesperson and director of State Residences respectively who told Malawians that the President had not gone to the Western African state.

Mutharika on return landed at Kamuzu  International Airport using the cargo section.


During the rally, Mutharika said he was geared to develop the country and that Eastern Region will have a fair share of his development cake.

“I have lined up several big projects for the Eastern Region,” he said.

He announced that he has offered Zomba State House be turned into a state-of-the art referral hospital

Mutharika said the hospital will reduce dependence on hospitals in South Africa as it will be dealing with major surgical operations and other diseases.

He said the hospital will assist not only Malawi but other countries including Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique which take their patients to South Africa for referral treatment.

“ It will also have presidential suites so  Presidents can come here,” said Mutharika.

During Mutharika’s visit to Germany in September 2010, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, pledged her government’s support to the referral hospital.

He said the second big development project in the  Eastern Region will be a Marine University, in Mangochi, to study fish.

Mutharika also said another development project for the Eastern Region will be irrigation farming.

“We already have the money. Want to start with 25,000 acres. Will offset bad rains and droughts,” said.

Mutharika said  the Eastern region “will feed the rest of the nation.”

He boosted: “Someone called me an economic engineer. You think he was just joking? He knew what he was talking about. Just give me time.”

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