State House comments on Mutharika condition

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika is in critical condition but stable, according to State House.

State House Chief of Staff, Edward Sawerengela,  made the announcement on Thursday night through state controlled MBC television after reports filter in that the President has failed to fight on the battle of heart attack.

The statemement says Mutharika fell sick at his home at around 11.00 and was immediately rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital where doctors stabilised his condition.

According to the statement the President is expected to be flown to South Africa this evening.

Eye witnesses told Nyasa Times that the  President was ferried on a stretcher into the Kamuzu Central Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in the morning after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, goodwill messages have started pouring in  led by the country’s vice president Joyce Banda  who is likely to take over power.

Former president Bakili Muluzi and opposition leader John Tembo are among those who have wished the 78-year- old President swift recovery

Right Honourable  Banda described the news of Muthalika’s illness as “sad” and called upon Malawians to unite and pray for their beloved leader.

On his part Muluzi said:” I have not been officially communicated of the President sickness but if it’s true then I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Tembo  added his voice saying he wishes Muthalika well.

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