‘Ressurected’ Malawi leader returns home

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika arrives back this  Monday  (November 21)  after spending about a month outside the country.

The Office of President and Cabinet says in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that the President will be returning from the Commonwealth Summit in Australia after making a stop-over in South East Asia.

The statement did not disclose the name of the country where Mutharika made a stop-over although his brother and Foreign Affairs Minister, Arthur Peter Mutharika disclosed to the press last week that the Malawi leader was enjoying a holiday in Hong Kong.

Mutharika's back on Monday

Reports suggest that Mutharika and his beloved wife were enjoying themselves in the Chinese tourist resort city of Macao.

Mutharika and his wife Callista left the southern African country in October for the Commonwealth Summit in Perth, Australia.

However, at the end of the Summit, Mutharika decided to take a few days off of his 30 –day official annual holiday but Malawians were not informed.

The news about Mutharika’s absence after the Summit led to speculations that he may have been bed-ridden or taking regular medical check-ups in China and Singapore.

However, after the disclosure about his whereabouts by his younger brother and anointed successor, the rumours kept on circulating and this forced the State President to address the Malawi press through a telephone call.

In the telephone, speaking to veteran journalist Dickson Kashoti of Blantyre Newspapers Limited , Mutharika said that he was in good health and enjoying his holiday in Asia.

He condemned reports about his ill-health and that to suggest that he was dead was even worse.

President Mutharika’s return to Malawi may be at the right time as the country’s is currently making positive steps to return to normalcy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Arthur Peter Mutharika, Education Minister George Chaponda, Energy Minister Goodall Gondwe and Finance Minister Ken Lipenga seem to be spending a lot of time in the office trying to find solutions to the problems that have rocked Malawi in recent months.

The fuel situation in the country is said to be improving each day passing especially in the Northern and Central regions of the country. The Southern region is yet to get stable in the fuel situation, according to our reporters scattered throughout the country.

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