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Monday, March 14, 2005

Malawi leader haunted by palace ghosts

The BBC has the story of a Malawi leader chased out of his palace, the former parliament building:

Bingu wa Mutharika has been sleeping away from the 300-room building in the capital, Lilongwe, and only comes there to work during the day, an aide said. Christian clergy have been asked to help exorcise the "evil spirits" there. Controversy has raged over the costly palace which housed parliament until Mr Mutharika's election last year. "The president is no longer staying there and we have asked clerics from several Christian churches... to pray for the New State House to exorcise evil spirits," said Malani Mtonga, the presidential aide for religious affairs. Another aide who did not want to be named told the Associated Press: "Sometimes the president feels rodents crawling all over his body but when lights are turned on he sees nothing." Mr Mutharika is believed to be staying temporarily at another palace in Mtunthama, about 100km (60 miles) from Lilongwe.
The ghosts may be haunting the president because he is living in opulence instead of using his nation's wealth to help the people. Hopefully the White House ghosts will take a page from Malawi ghosts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malawi in Southern Africa is well known for these kinds of things. The then President of Malawi Kamuzu banda was known for playing these tricks, he once came to Zimbabwe in the late 80s to collect his jacket and a walking stick hanged in the air in one of the prison rooms at Gwelo Prisons in Zimbabwe as a political prisoner of Rhodesian Federation. Someone somewhere closer to Bingu is sending signals that Bingu's days are numbered.This is the African way of Coup de tat

3/15/2005 05:19:00 AM  

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