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‘Does this seem like a dead person to you?’: Malawi’s president tackles dying rumours


On the campaign path, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has dealt with rumours of his dying, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza reports.

Speaking in Salima, central Malawi, on Wednesday he scoffed at those people peddling the stories on social media.

Addressing crowds atop a podium mounted on a police car, Mr Mutharika asked: “Does this appear like a lifeless male to you?”

Malawians go to the polls in a general election following Tuesday.

The rumours of his passing followed past week’s abrupt cancellation of various campaign stops that experienced been planned across the nation.

But on Wednesday hundreds achieved him in Salima as he campaigned for a second term in workplace.

He has promised to tackle poverty and develop more universities throughout the country.

Mr Mutharika, who arrived to ability in 2014, is dealing with a challenging challenge from the two Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is managing for the United Transformation Movement (UTM) and the prospect for the Malawi Congress Celebration, Lazarus Chakwera.

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