Director of State Residences, Edward Sawerengera has joined the bandwagon of liars in President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government with his spin that Mutharika did not go to Nigeria but was in the commercial city of Blantyre.
Speaking on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Sawerengera said Mutharika landed at the cargo zone at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday on his way from Blantyre.
Sawerengera claimed the presidential jet landed at the cargo zone because the passenger apron was busy.
“There were two or three commercial aircrafts on the passenger apron and since our airport has no place for private jets, the president’s jet was ushered to land at the cargo,” he said.
“There is no big deal about that. That happens and has happened once or twice,” said Sawerengera.
Government had kept the President’s visit to Nigeria a secret until Nyasa Times exclusively reported about the President sneaking out and Nigeria State House posting a picture of Mutharika with President Goodluck Jonathan.
But government was still determined to keep the trip under wraps. Mutharika returned home on Wednesday afternoon, but not through the normal way. He went through the cargo section at KIA.
Government spokeswoman Patricia Kaliati still insists she had no knowledge of the matter, arguing Mutharika-Jonathan photograph can be manipulated
Sawerengera said Mutharika was coming from Blantyre where he had gone in the morning on duty.
State House spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba said he was not aware of the President being out of the country and that he only knew Mutharika was in the country.
Meanwhile, Malawians are suffering as they cannot access fuel. Long queues at filling stations have resurfaced because there is no fuel in the country.
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