EU envoy congratulates Mutharika for marrying: ‘DPP must be given chance to deliver’

Outgoing EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Malawi, Alexander Baum, has congratulated President Peter Mutharika on getting married.

Baum spoke during his farewell party in the capital, Lilongwe.

Mutharika and Gertrude Maseko were on Saturday declared husband and wife after they took wedding vows “to love and cherish” at CCAP’s St Michaels and All Angels in Blantyre.

The first couple: To love and to cherish
The first couple: To love and to cherish

“I see that his Excellency Peter Mutharika has accepted that behind every successful man there must be a woman,” he said.

Mutharika has long been accused of being gay despite fathering three children with his first wife.  The accusation reached the boiling point in the run-up to last month’s election.

After Saturday’s ceremony, Mutharika said the wedding had cleared up the “mysteries.”  He was speaking to an estimated 6,000 villagers and dignitaries who attended a reception at his home village in the southern district of Thyolo.

Many people in Malawi have hailed the wedding, saying this would help to smooth the new president’s social and political life

Meanwhile, Baum said the government of President Mutharika “must now be given a chance to deliver on its promises, to lead constructively and to lead by example.”

Baum will depart Malawi in early July after serving for four and a half years in the country, heads to Botswana, where he will be the EU Ambassador who will also be accredited to the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc).

“I wish Malawi and Malawians the luck and determination it takes to be successful,” Baum said.

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