Mutharika breaks silence- draws angry reactions

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Former President Peter Mutharika is drawing angry reactions from social media contributors following his outburst that Malawians refused to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously.

In his first Facebook post after he surrendered power, Mutharika mourns that some people politicised his regime’s efforts against the pandemic by declaring that the coronavirus did not exist in the country.

He contends that the carefree attitude by rival politicians and the general public are the reason that the nation is now registering a spike in coronavirus cases.

He then pleads with the public to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols including social distancing stressing that individual efforts are key in the fight against the pandemic.

However, several Facebook users are contesting the former leader’s sentiments accusing him of failing to manage the pandemic by importing cases from abroad, especially South Africa.

They fault Mutharika for rushing to close learning institutions while leaving the country’s borders open thereby increasing Covid transmissions.

Some people are also criticising Mutharika for failing to act on his ministers – Mark Botomani and Jappie Mhango after they were exposed discussing Covid-19 allowances on live camera.

Since a domestic outbreak was confirmed on 2 April, a total of 3,045 coronavirus cases including 64 deaths and 1,180 recoveries have been recorded in Malawi.


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