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Mutharika Lambasts Opposition Parties for Circulating Lies over his Health

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President Peter Mutharika has accused opposition parties of faking his illness with others spreading rumours that he had died as the country is preparing for presidential polls scheduled for 21 May, 2019.

The president is trashing the rumours as Malawians are going to elections in a few days to come to cast their vote to elect president, Members of Parliament and Ward Councilors.

The president mocked the opposition presidential candidates that include Dr Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Dr Saulos Chilima of UTM that rather than him dying, it was the opposition torchbearers who will suffer a political death on the polling day.

“Does this look like a dead man to you?” Mutharika questioned his followers as the people replied by chanting praise songs for the president while demeaning opposition leaders.

That aside, the campaign period has also been marred by accusations and finger pointing mainly among Mutharika, Chilima and Chakwera with the opposition accusing the incumbent state president of electoral fraud.

The opposition leaders have also been criticizing the President and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of failing to develop Malawi citing corruption, nepotism, hunger, poor roads, poor education standards, unemployment among others.

Some analysts have since warned politicians and their followers against peddling fake news saying such tactics are a threat to democracy for they have the potential to disturb voters. 

The tripartite elections in Malawi are going to take place as the country is also battling the Covid 19 pandemic, a situation which is aggravating misinformation.

The campaign period has generally been peaceful. Mutharika won the last presidential polls with 36.4 percent.

This comes when combating fake news and too much information including false or misleading information in the digital and physical era is proving to be hard although various countries have laws that punish people that spread force information.

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