By Chikondi Shawa
The ousted Head of State, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has addressed the nation after a time of silence.
In his Monday address, Mutharika stung the new government claiming it inflated the spread of corona virus by fashioning Malawians to believe his administration was faking about the pandemic.
The DPP- UDF torchbearer who lost to Dr. Lazarus Chakwera of the Tonse Alliance in the June Fresh Elections hopes the new administration will win the fight against COVID-19 which keeps on striking on a fast pace and has since asked Malawians to follow preventative measures as set by health authorities.
“As we wait for the Government to address the situation with utmost urgency and seriousness, I want to urge you to continue washing hands with soap frequently, observe social distancing, wear face masks, use recommended sanitizers, go for tests and follow other measures as advised by our health personnel,” reads the statement that was posted on his Facebook page.
However, some quarters took it on social media to express their dissatisfaction with the former president for failing to express his side of the story concerning cement that was imported from Zimbabwe using his Presidential TPIN.
Recently, the media was awash with reports that connected Mutharika in the cement gate scandal worth 5 Billion Kwacha that was imported duty free under ‘personal use’ provision in the President’s Salaries and Benefits Act when he was in the highest office but it was being sold by private business persons.
Contrary to Mutharika’s sentiments on COVID-19, Blantyre Synod of the CCAP has hailed President Chakwera for asking the country to engage with him in a three day fasting posed to combat the pandemic spiritually.
Speaking during a media briefing, the church’s General Secretary Dr. Billy Gama said as a religious institution it believes that both physical and spiritual efforts should go hand in hand.
“When the President His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera conveyed a message of three days of prayer and fasting as a Synod we commend this idea considering that the State President is a man of God. We are partners in development as such we are echoing the same message to the church members,” Gama highlighted.
Meanwhile, Malawi has a total of 2992 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 62 deaths and 1153 recoveries.