Malawi President Peter Mutharika ‘s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) Lieutenant Colonel Gilfred Chafikana had to be rushed to hospital after collapsing but survived what State House officials feared could have been cardiac arrest.
Nyasa Times understands that the ADC had succumbed to pressure of work since he has no time to rest.
“There was medical emergency for the ADC,” a government official said.
For the first time in the history of Malawi that the Head of State’s ADC has no assistant.
After Chifikana’s helath scare, President Mutharika’s long time handler and shoe shiner Paulos Chisale, who has military background, took over as stand-in ADC.
Chafikana was reportedly later discharged and is believed to have made a full recovery.
The ADC was assigned to State House after Lieutenant Colonel Fostino Gunda-Phiri was controversially removed from his position.
Meanwhile, people commenting on Nyasa Times call for the review of Presidential security arrangement.
“This business of soldiers standing behind the President or carrying umbrellas is simply outdated,” commented one.