LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow ) –Malawians have taken to social media to hit back at President Peter Mutharika and his government for threatening those speculating about his health, saying Mutharika should“go hang” if he felt insulted by the rumours.
President Mutharika has been out of the country for almost a month after attending the U.N. General Assembly meeting of heads of state and government in New York, prompting demands for him to explain what critics call his “absence without leave.”
A cross-section of Malawians demanded information regarding the whereabouts of the president after the meeting.
“The President had disappeared and reports indicate he had an operation. If he is sickened by the rumours let him go hang,” posted one Malawian on Facebook attracting many comments to back him.
Mutharika addressed a U.N. gathering of world leaders in late September.
Malawi government said only that he has been attending to “various government businesses” in USA.
Malawi’s Parliament wants the president to disclose all expenses incurred on his tour, including those of his entourage.
The government has denied rumours that Mutharika is critically ill.
Information minister Malison Ndau, who is also government spokesman, described the rumors as “baseless, malicious and sickening” and threatened those spreading false rumors with arrest.