6 October 2016 Last updated at: 7:11 AM

Mutharika’s situation said to be worsening, govt remains tightlipped

Malawi President Peter Mutharika is reportedly seriously sick and that is why he has delayed coming back to Malawi, it has been claimed.

According to a whistleblower, Mutharika planned to return to Malawi on Tuesday this week but has been forced to extend his stay in the United States of America due to his condition.

The whistleblower, Gerald Kampanikiza, wrote on Facebook that the Malawi leader has been sending his aides to Malawi to collect money and some items which he needs as he continues recovering in the US where he initially went to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Kampanikiza claimed that Mutharika is not meeting potential investors as government has led Malawians to believe but is recovering from a medical condition.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika: His failure to return is raising eyebrows.

“There is heavy security guarding where Mutharika is and people are not allowed to see him a situation which has raised eyebrows and added more weight to the rumour circulating that Mutharika is seriously sick. Security details are not allowed to use their phones as they are all suspects to be leaking info,” wrote Kampanikiza.

He also claimed that Vice President Saulos Chilima who was supposed to leave for US on 29th September cancelled his trip because he was told that Mutharika will not be returning to Malawi soon.

“Chilima was supposed to leave with a team of ten people to the USA, visas and tickets were already purchased for the entire team accompanying him to attend an international event. This confirms the rumours going around about Mutharika’s health, the Veep was aware that Mutharika was coming back soon after the UNGA,” said Kampanikiza.

However, Malawi24 could not independently verify the claims as government insists Mutharika is in good health and only in the US because he is still attending official functions.

But government made similar claims when Bingu wa Mutharika died, ‘flying’ his dead body to South Africa for treatment as Malawians were kept in the dark.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera so far has hit out at government for keeping information about Mutharika’s whereabouts a secret issue.

Meanwhile, #BringBackMutharika has been trending on Twitter as Malawians have become frustrated with the misinformation regarding Mutharika’s prolonged stay in the US.

They are asking the United Nations for the whereabouts of their leader since other world leaders who went for UNGA have returned to their home countries.

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