Contrary to tradition, Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his newly wedded wife, Gertrude, will not straightaway go for a celebratory wedding vacation, commonly known as honeymoon.
Mutharika married his long-time fiancée, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarian for Balaka North Constituency, last Saturday at a wedding that was officiated at St. Michael and All Angels CCAP Church in Blantyre before treating friends and relatives to a colourful reception at Ndata Farm in Thyolo.
Customarily, soon after their wedding reception, the Mutharikas were anticipated to depart for honeymoon at a place of their choice, but State House has said the two are not going anywhere, at least for now.
State House press officer Justice Mponda said in an interview yesterday the President and the First Lady will, however, go for their honeymoon at their opportune time.
“The President says honeymoon is not a priority in the meantime, so they will not go anywhere. However, they will do so at a later stage,” said Mponda.
He said the President felt he had enormous work to do to transform the country’s economy, hence putting on hold the honeymoon.
The press officer could, however, not give a hint on when the First Couple plans to go for their wedding vacation.