Ex-Malawi President Bakili Muluzi calls for calm following news of Mutharika’s death

Former President of Malawi - Bakili Muluzi

Malawi’s former President, Bakili Muluzi, has called on the country to be calm as confusion reigns over the health status of President Bingu wa Mutharika who was rushed to hospital yesterday following a cardiac arrest. Muluzi however has asked authorities to respect the constitution which requires that in case of incapacitation or death of the president, the Vice President should take over the reigns of power. “This is not an issue of personalities or political parties but following what the constitution says,” said Muluzi who is also a goodwill ambassador for peace in Africa, at an impromptu press briefing.

Government and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials are tight-lipped on Mutharika’s health. Mutharika took over from Bakili in 2004. Immediately he started persecuting his predeccessor who was instrumental in bring him to power. In December 2010 he ousted Vice President Joyce Banda from the DPP and started working out plans to have his young brother Peter Mutharika, an American trained lawyer to take over from him when he stepped out of power in 2014.

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