Mutharika ‘fit and well’, back on campaign trail Tuesday

The Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) on Monday weighed in on heightened speculation over President Peter Mutharika’s abrupt cancellation of whistle stop tours in the central region, insisting there was nothing “wrong” with the first citizen; but, rather, he had to attend to “urgent matters.”

Mutharika: To return on campaign trail Tuesday

A statement signed by Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara said Mutharika, who is governing Democratic Progressive Party candidate in the elections,  and seen by Nyasa Times, indicated Mutharika would resume his campaign trail from one o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Mutharika will have stopovers in Salima and Dedza that will be capped by rallies at Ngodzi and Mtakataka.

“His Excellency the President will visit the people of Salima and Dedza on whistle stop tour as follows, Salima Boma, Keterera , Ngozi and Mtakataka Trading Centre,” reads part of the statement.

Muhara on Sunday announced that Mutharika had cancelled a scheduled whistle-stop campaign tour, triggering speculations that the incumbent President was not feeling well.

However, Muhara stated that President Mutharika “postponed” the tour “due to urgent matters that have to be done”.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information and government spokesperson, Henry Mussa, has described rumors that alleged the President was sick as unfortunate.

“It is the same haters who don’t wish the president well. President Mutharika  is fit and well as you have heard, and the President continues with his campaign trail tomorrow.

“Malawians must know that the President is a busy person, looking after over 17  million people. Often times his office requires his time, and that was what happened yesterday,” said Mussa.

Mutharika and his six contenders in the elections have been on the campaign trail in search of votes in the elections which analysts have predicted will be highly contested.

His main contenders for the presidency who were on the road yesterday include United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi, who held a rally in Mzuzu; UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima in Zomba while Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera was in Lilongwe rural.

According to the Malawi Electoral Commission, 6.8 million people nationwide registered to vote in this year’s elections.

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Welcome back, we need you on the ballot and then you see your failures whilst alive that you may realise that God is the most high. It’s now time that you the president, vice and all blue camp A and B must know kuti ameme amuye wa msankha amamutetedzera

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Mulungu Ali nafe awonekera ng’amba adani ose . amalawi ndalamayo yakoma bwanji mpakana kufuna kut president amwalire ,,, mulungu odziwa chilungamo akutiyang’anira tonse a Dpp.21 koma

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Kuno ku Mtakataka tikudikira a APM. Kodi afika nthawi yanji?

Vinjenje
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Attending to which people ?Gwape wachabechabe uyu.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

This APM guy does not look like someone who is going to lose these elections. This divided opposition has gifted him another term. Yes DPP will not get a landslide but I foresee a slim majority lead. If only these thick-headed buffoons in the opposition had listened to the voice of reason and united to form one block led by one leader. As it is now, DPP is set and ready to govern again and APM is fit as a fiddle.

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Let’s wait & see those are just opinions , it doesn’t mean that it is true. The game is open for the taking. Its anybody’s game whether APM, Chilima or Chakwera can take it. Nobody can not lie here that there is an outright winner NEVER. Crowds in the rallies everybody is commanding mammoth gatherings but that doesn’t translate into votes for anyone. Let’s wait & see. Most of the times the Party in government has an upper hand but this time around it doesn’t look like that, even the people in the ruling Party are panicking. Why the senior… Read more »

Holly Tit
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Amayamwa kaye magazi a albino kuti apeze mphamvu

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Mfiti zopemphera zija zati ziii.

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who don’t get ill? The truth of the matter is that APM was not feeling well. he was advised by his doctor to rest, now because of this speculation about his health he is forcing himself against doctors advice.

Keen Observer
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I agree with you Sir.

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Boza munthu uyu akudwala Ali Ku Joni.

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Apa zachita bwino muzazionere nokha akulu mukuluza