Oct 18, 2017 Last Updated 10:50 AM, Oct 18, 2017
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Critics: Malawians Have Right To Know About President’s Whereabouts

Mutharika at the 2016 UNGA conference Mutharika at the 2016 UNGA conference Image sourced at gettyimages.com
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Pressure is beginning to build for the government of Malawi to come out clearly on the whereabouts of President Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika left the country on September 15th to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

The UNGA conference started on September 19th to 22nd in New York.

Some world leaders, like President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, have returned to their respective countries.

George Mnesa, leader of the Malawi Forum for Unity and Development- MAFUNDE, is of the view that Malawians should always be informed about the whereabouts of the president, regardless of whether he is conducting government or private business.

“The government is being very arrogant by not letting people know because this is not the first time that we have such a scenario.

Most leader that were there have returned to their countries, there is nothing wrong in coming clean and telling the people that he is on holiday,” Mnesa added.

In Mnesa’s view, silence brews speculation, so there is a need for government to inform the people of the president’s whereabouts.

Also weighing in his views, Executive Director of the Youth and Society Charles Kajoloweka, said people are mostly speculating because there is no transparency.

“If we were able to mobilise ourselves and demand accountability, this would have easily been prevented.

But they are doing this because they know that Malawians will let it go, just like they always do,” Kajoloweka added.

When contacted by Capital FM, minister of Information Nicholas Dausi said he needed more time to consult as he did not want to speculate.

 Last year, a similar situation led to wild speculation over Mutharika’s health, as he stayed away for almost a month.

The government officials also kept Malawians in the dark on what was keeping Mutharika abroad then.

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