The unconfirmed health condition of President Bingu wa Mutharika after suffering a cardiac arrest attracted mixed reactions from Malawians yesterday, as observed by posts on social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter.
A lot of people expressed sorrow over the Presidentâ€™s health condition.
Some posted simple unconfirmed updates, such as â€˜Ndege inyamuka 19.00 hrs wa ku South Africaâ€™, indicating the time the plane that was airlifting the President to South Africa would take off from Kamuzu International Airport, and â€˜Top government and DPP officials seen at KCH with solemn facesâ€™ all in an effort to keep Malawians informed on what was going on.
Others expressed shock by posting: â€˜Oh No!!â€™, while well-wishers simply posted: â€˜ I wish you a speedy recovery…â€™ and â€˜Get well soonâ€™.
Not forgetting their Christian side, some called for divine intervention, urging: â€˜Pray Malawi Pray!â€™ or â€˜Let us pray for HEâ€™s quick escape from pain!â€™ and â€˜Malawi you Have to Pray…This is Serious…We need Divine Intervention Now!â€™
Another entry said: â€˜Surely, it is not Malawian to wish each other dead, no matter what, letâ€™s pray for our leader who is a father, a husband, a granny, a brother, and, most importantly, our President. He is needed by his family and he also needs his life…Letâ€™s relentlessly wish him well, a small prayer will do wonders.â€™
Another facebooker posted: â€˜No comment. And all Godâ€™s children must remember that He already said it that “vengeance is His”. Amamenya nkhondo yekha Mulungu.â€™
Others said a little prayer, posting: â€˜Praying for Malawi. May Godâ€™s peace and wisdom reign during this time. I come against any plan of the devil in Jesus name.â€™
Some were even worried about the development taking place during this Easter season.
But, as if summing up peopleâ€™s views, one posted: â€˜Whether you wish him well or [not], only Godâ€™s will will be done.â€™