Ex-Malawi president Muluzi undergoes surgery in South Africa

Former Malawian president Bakili Muluzi has undergone a ‘successful major’ back operation in South African hospital, family sources told Nyasa Times. 

Muluzi had to undergo a gruelling 5-hour operation in a Cape Town Clinic.

“The former president had a successful operation for his back problem, he is recovering but obviously in pain,” said a family member.

Muluzi has been having a back problem since 2001 when his disc on his spinal column dislocated causing severe back pain.

Muluzi: Stable

Hospital authorities confirmed Muluzi underwent an operation. They said he was in a cheerful but pensive mood.

Muluzi’s trial for the K1.7 billion graft case in the High Court is scheduled to commence on Monday. The former president denies any wrongdoing.

In July, his trial failed to take place because Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba told the court that government wants to reconstitute the prosecution team.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  wants Muluzi and his co-accused Lyness Violet Whisky to explain the K1.7 billion into his personal accounts from various sources believed to be donors of his former ruling UDF party when he was in power between 1994 and 2004.

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