Malawi’s ‘missing’ president creates storm

Some law experts are persuading members of parliament that when the House resumes sitting on November 14, they should declare President Bingu wa Mutharika ‘missing’, since nobody has been able to give concise position of his health or his exact location.

Presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba said Mutharika is on a holiday “somewhere” in the world and would return home soon.

But law experts feel the President should be declared “missing” if he does not avail himself next week.

Goverment refuses to disclose Mutharika’s  exact location.

Where is Mutharika? Malawias ask

This has sparked swelling rumours on internet chat rooms, Facebook and tweets by most Malawians.

The Malawi Democrat (www.malawidemocrat.com)  on Friday posted a story claiming that “Mutharika had to undergo a life-threatening operation” in China.

But another post on The Nation newspaper journalist,  Mabvuto Banda’s personal blog, claimed President Mutharika is  traveling to Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand “seeking medical help for his wife.”

The first couple are said to have visited “fertility clinics”, according to the post.

Others sources even claimed Mutharika is incapacitated.

But  President Mutharika  “is in the best of health” if you believe his spokesman Ntaba.

Meanwhile, law expert at the University of Malawi, Edge Kanyongolo, has told Zodiak Broadcasting Services  that  government should  disclose the country where Mutharika is having his “holiday”.

He accused the Mutharika administration of lacking transparency, saying Malawias are entitled to know the whereabouts of their leader, not the exact  street address  but the country.

The Malawi ruler left on October 25 to attend the Commonwealth summit in Australia which ended on Monday, October 31. He has been “missing” since the meeting ended.

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