Malawi First Lady seeks medical attention in South Africa?

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.

First Lady off to board the plane

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika (in purple) boarding the plane

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Keen Observer
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My fellow Malawian be real mu kulira kuti simunawuzidwe komwe kukupita First Lady, really? What for? How is someone in Nsanje, Phalombe, Nchinji or Chitipa going to benefit by knowing where the First Lady is going? She is not the president for Petes sake, she is just the wife of the president. If it were the president, yes that was a good point for the nation to know but not the First Lady.

Kaitano
Guest

I mean don’t we have the right to know where she is going?

Kaitano
Guest

Cant you take her as the mother of the Nation since the husband is the father? as she is, do we have the right to know where our mother is?

Mika Kumbire
Guest

Kodi ma journalists athu bwanji? Palibe nkhani apa. Ma First lady amaenda maiko ambiri ambiri it’s never announced. She is not a politican. P/Ss and other civil servants make lots of trips on tax payers money. Are these publicized? Kodi a Malawi bwanji? Are we running out of issues? Why do we wish ill on others?

John
Guest

Don’t worry she will get diplomatic immunity

Kalekeni Kanene
Guest

Muyende bwino amayi. Ife timakunyadirani. Mukutisungira Pulezidenti wathu bwino, komanso mapulogramu anu anu a chitukuko akutisangalatsa. Ambuye akuyang’anireni.
Bale please lemekezani mayiyu.

Mzika
Guest

I cry for my country Madama president kudwala ulendo wa ku South why akuti ku malawi kulibe chipatala choti chingawathandize…….. mumuziwe mulungu

Ankhoswe
Guest

May be she is PREGNANT wamkulu waikamo hihihihihihih

nkatanala
Guest

Hahahhaahahhaa go welo Madam, ndekuti abambo akadali strong kuchipinda eti, mpaka akuwazanso ndikukupatsa mimba nde mwati mukabelekere ku JONI kkkkkkkkkkk Bravo PITALA

Kaitano
Guest

Kikkkkkk Aliyese agwire apo paluwawa hahahahahahahahaha!!!

Sitimva Zopusa Zamkutu
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Sitimva Zopusa Zamkutu

Matenda bisani zinazo mudzanena nokha

MISUKU BOY
Guest

Thanks our first lady you’ve been exemplary and representing Malawi well well, when in SA don’t do as Grace Mugabe did.
Wishing u quick recovery

chaponda mchimanga
Guest

Matenda bisani, mukadzayamba kulira sitidzafunsa tidzangobwera ndi chipepesko

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