Peter Mutharika touted ‘cultured character’ as widower for 30 years

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been placing adverts in the daily newspapers profiling its presidential candidate Peter Mutharika as a “family man”.

According to the advertorial profile, the DPP torch bearer is “a widower of 30 years” having lost his wife.

“His wife was Christophine G. Mutharika, a staunch Catholic, from the Caribbean,” reads the profile.

Too close to dance; Mutharika and Maseko
Too close to dance; Mutharika and Maseko

Together they had three children, two girls and a boy – Monique, Moyenda and Mahopela – who are all “prominent” lawyers in the US.

Mutharika himself is on record disclosing that his wife died of cancer but said he has now found a woman that he feels can make “a good wife.”

“I do have three children, they all lawyers, practicing law in the United States, one of them is the professor of law at one of the leading universities and a couple of grandchildren,” said the 74-year-old former minister.

Mutharika’s marital status has also be a subject of controversy as he has been linked to different women for marriage.

Among other Mutharika has been linked with  include former minister of local government Anna Kachikho, former presidential advisor of NGOs and civil society Bessie Chirambo,  Wilsa-Malawi boss Seodi White-Munthali and  Annie Fletcher, owner and director of Annies Lodge.

But Mutharika has been appearing in public with Gertrude Handrina Maseko a former member of parliament from Balaka.

Former First Lady Callista Mutharika said recently that Malawians should not force his late husband’s brother to marry.

She said: “Marriage is something you just can’t force on somebody.”

Callista said: “Peter was married for 30 years and has children. If he is not married by now, it’s his choice we don’t need to force him.

“And he will not be the first unmarried man elected as a president. Botswana President, Ian Khama is unmarried, then why taking a swipe on Peter?” questioned Callista.

His advertorial profile said living 30 years as a widower and raising children to their responsibilities as a single parent for a better, “can never offer a better proof of a cultured character.”

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