A rumour that went viral over the independence weekend suggesting that Malawi Congress Party IT guru Daudi Suleman has the coronavirus disease have finally proven to be true following the release of a video showing him in a Kamuzu Central Hospital isolation ward gown.
Reports, however, indicate that initial tests did indeed show that hat he was COVID-19 negative.
In the video recorded on Monday 13th July Suleman speaks from his bed as a recovered COVID-19 patient.
He thanks God for healing mercies, President Lazarus Chakwera and his deputy Saulos Chilima, party supporters, friends and family, for their love and support during his illness.
Suleman who rose to fame as a Malawi Congress Party witness in the landmark Presidential elections case acknowledged that he was at times unable to pick calls but knew that people were praying and interceding for him.
“I'm getting out of the hospital to finish my treatment from home and the COVID-19 threat is now gone, and in a very special way I would like to thank the hospital workers here and those from ABC who are mostly the youth. The pandemic is dangerous and there is a lot that needs to be addressed such as inadequate medical supplies and all I can say is that this is the right time to acknowledge the role being done by health workers. Let’s not discriminate them.
“Please let’s ensure that we give them their allowances as due to them. It is sad to note that some of them had their allowances cut and some are not yet paid and this discourages them from working hard. It’s not that they are working to be paid for us to be alive, but through these incentives their lives can improve,” observed Suleman
He appealed to the new Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda, Dr. John Phuka, Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Task force on COVID-19, to prioritise the welfare of health personnel who frontline workers in the fight.
The MCP ICT guru and basketball maestro, said he has witnessed people recovering due to the staff dedication and hence called on the new administration to prioritise their work and motivate them.
He advised people that the virus is real and that there is no need to fear or be ashamed and urged those with symptoms to call the Ministry of Health toll free line to get tested and if found with the virus to go to the hospital.
“I’m now in my third week in hospital and I chose to be helped and here I am. Any form of hesitation is a choice between life and death. COVID is not something to be ashamed of. It’s a disease anyone can get and heal from.
“We should not demean or mock each other because of this condition and we need to take part by wearing a mask, observing social distance and not move aimlessly, but let’s protect each other and protect Malawi”
Suleman explained that it is possible to defeat the pandemic and that he is going back home stronger to witness a better Malawi for all.
He took a swipe at the abuse of allowances for COVID-19 health personnel by those in authority arguing that he has been saved by these angels and soldiers who are risking their lives.
“Some of us are here because of these angels and soldiers who are working tirelessly, exposing their lives to COVID-19 every day and it’s only fair that they are treated as expected so please please our health workers are our no one priority.
He advised the Civic Education Minister Timothy Mtambo to step up sensitiSation of the disease as there is a lot of denial surrounding it hence so many people dying.
Other public figures that have come out to declare their COVID-19 status include musician, former MP Allan Ngumuya and former MP Frank Mwenefumbo.