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Malawi State House disputes President Mutharika’s sickness social media buzz

Malawi President Peter Mutharika

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi State House is disputing social media reports that President Peter Mutharika is critically ill.

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Malawi social media was awash with reports that President Mutharika is reported to be suffering from High Blood Pressure after intelligence officers briefed him on a leaked plan for a coup.

Sources within State house source disclosed that the president has been advised by his doctors to take a long bed rest in fear of a complete incapacitation.

But presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said Mutharika is fit and well at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre

Kalilani however blamed the opposition for fueling the rumours on social media that the Malawi leader has been poorly lately.

He therefore branded them as “sadistic.”

But on Saturday, President Mutharika failed to address the nation in wishing Muslims on their first day of Ramadan, instead Kalirani gave a radio interview to Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) that his boss was with them (Muslim) during the period.

This further continues to ignite debate of whether President Mutharika is indeed sick or well.

Mutharika in a fit state to run the country says presidential spokesperson Kalirani amid rumours of his health

A state house source disclosed that the president has been advised by his doctors to take a long bed rest in fear of a complete incapacitation.

However, with heavy doses of medications, members of Mutharika’s inner circle are desperately forcing the president to continue showing his face on national television.

The members are panicking and plotting to block Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima from ascending to power in the event of the worst case scenario.

The 80 year old president has been battling several health issues that have made him reduce public appearances.

In 2016, Mutharika suffered a stroke while on an official visit to the United States of America.

He remained in America for over a month after giving a speech at the UN General Assembly on September 25.

On his return to Malawi, the right handed president, used his left hand to wave to a crowd of supporters and to shake hands with officials. His right hand was visibly immobile and reddish.

The president has not retained normal hand movement since that time.
Recently, his health has deteriorated with visible loss of weight and increasing incoherent speeches.

At his last political rally at Njamba in Blantyre on March 8th this year, he was noticeably out of sorts, sometimes uttering incomplete sentences and uncharacteristic struggle to transition from one topic to another.

This month, Mutharika has only appeared two times on TV with recorded speeches lasting less than 10 minutes.

The president was last seen in public about two weeks ago when he addressed the nation on Covid 19.

Since then, he has been speaking through his press secretary Mgeme Kalilani.

With the Vice President sidelined, Malawi is leaderless in the fight against the corona virus pandemic.

The latest illness is a result of continuous threats of a coup by some disgruntled Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers, who among many issues, are not happy with Mutharika’s political interference in the army.

Mutharika has made many changes to the army structure and personnel in his search for tribal allies and blindly loyal senior army officers.

Last year, Mutharika, in his capacity as Commander-In-Chief appointed Tri-Service commanders and deputy commanders of the MDF in line with Section 4 of the Defence Force Act (2018).

The new act divides MDF into Landed Forces, Airforce and Maritime Force.

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