Mutharika’s wedding to clear mist on private life -analyst

University of Malawi political science lecturer Dr Mustapha Hussein has hailed President Professor Peter Mutharika for deciding to getting married to former parliamentarian Getrude Maseko, saying this would help to smooth his social and political life as he goes full throttle running country affairs.

Mutharika, will on June 21 wed his lover Gertrude Hendrina Maseko at a private ceremony in his village in Thyolo district.

Before the May 20 elections, Mutharika made several public appearances with his wife-to-be, Gertrude, and the latter has always been on Mutharikas side at every public appearance since her lovers ascending to power.

Peter Mutharika with Maseko: First  couple
Peter Mutharika with Maseko: First couple

Chancellor College based analyst told Nyasa Times that the marriage life will enable Mutharika live a more settled and stress-free life unlike in the recent past when his single-life-style was marred by rumours, speculations and perceptions on his private life.

“I think he has taken the right move to get married this time around.” Hussein told Nyasa Times in an interview.

“As the saying goes; ‘behind every successful man there is woman’, the marriage would help him a lot by spurring his success in governing the country,” he added.

He pointed out: “You know that the woman she is marrying is a politician so I think she will be providing sound advice on some political decisions he will be making.”

However, Director of Women in the governing Democratic Progressive Party,
Patricia Kaliati who has long been working directly with Maseko on party affairs refused to comment on the type of a person Maseko is.

“Are you serious? You want me to recommend someone’s wife to the nation? I can’t do that because I am not the spokesperson for the party or the president,” she said.

Kaliati said it would be difficult for her to even give a statement on the type of the person ‘the first lady in waiting’ is, despite having worked with her for a long time because marriage is “an agreement between two people.”

Mutharika, 74 has three daughters whose mother died some 30 years ago and he has since been living alone.

This will be a third time for Malawians to witness a wedding of a leader in power following one by Bakili Muluzi, Malawi’s second president, another by Bingu Mutharika, Malawi’s third president.

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