Former President Peter Mutharika has moved to Chikoko Bay State Lodge in Mangochi after leaving Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.
Social media was awash with video clips of Mutharika arriving in Mangochi being cheered by scores of United Democratic Front and Democratic Progressive Party supporters.
Mutharika’s spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, confirmed that the former president has moved to the state lodge which is designated for a sitting President but could not say for how long he will be there.
“We have just escorted him to Chikoko Bay State Lodge. Of course, I am not sure for how long he will be living there. You should talk to the Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara.
“I am not sure if he has been permanently allocated that house or if he is just temporarily living there until government finds him a permanent retirement house,” he said.
Muhara could not be reached on his mobile phone while Principal Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet Cliff Chiunda did not pick our calls on several attempts.
A former head of state is entitled to one residential house to be provided by the government.
Our sister paper The Sunday Times reported yesterday that on Saturday Mutharika’s aides were moving their personal belongings from Sanjika Palace paving the way for Chakwera.