There are fevered speculations that First Lady Gertrude Mutharika who had flown out to South Africa on Tuesday is seeking medical attention after she quietly left the country.
Madam Mutharika’s move to quietly sneak out of the country raised eyebrows and suspicions as she was escorted by an unprecedented large convoy of more than six dark and sleek 4×4 SUVs normally used by President Peter Mutharika.
Further, instead of using the VIP lounge as is normally the case when she is travelling alone the convoy drove straight to the base of the South Africa Airways plane that landed at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe over lunch hour.
The stately look of the spectacle, which was complete with a red carpet laid between the plane and the convoy, left airport workers without choice but to take snap shots of the scenery and later shared the picture on a number of social media platforms.
State House later confirmed the departure of the First Lady but President Mutharika’s Press Secretary and Spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani could not immediately explain whether the trip is on private or official duties and when she would return home.
However, some commentators on social media expressed surprise that how could a First Lady who survives and travels on tax payers’ money could quietly sneak out of a country without any formal announcement.
“Whether it is a private trip or an official one as a country we were supposed to be told where she is going, what she is going to do while abroad and when she is coming back. State House should always mind that she lives on our taxes,” writes one commentator.
Sources, however, indicate the trip was already scheduled for weekend but it had to be deferred because the First Lady has some engagements.
Madam Mutharika boarded the plane looking fit and well.
According to other sources, she is going attend a meeting of Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA).
First ladies in Africa have played a vital role in building awareness, addressing social and economic development agendas and harnessing political commitment to the AIDS response and the broader health and development agenda particularly geared towards women, children and youth.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :