Yes, Thandiwe is out, says State House

Thandiwe (Right)

Thandiwe (Right)

Zambian First Lady Thandiwe Banda is in Malindi Kenya for a three-day holiday, the Standard newspaper of Kenya has reported.

Yesterday, state house spokesperson Dickson Jere told the nation that Thandiwe will be joining her husband for traditional ceremony in Katete, Eastern province.

But the first lady had left for Kenya a day earlier.

According to the Kenyan Standard, the charter carrying Thandiwe, wife to Zambia‘s fourth president Rupiah Banda jetted into Malindi Airport on Wednesday.

The First Lady was from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and will be staying at the luxurious Hemingway Hotel.

However, efforts by journalists to interview or take pictures of Thandiwe were futile. Coast PC Ernest Munyi directed Malindi DC, Arthur Mugira, not to allow journalists to interview the First Lady saying she was on a private visit.

Asked this morning to clarify, state house spokesperson Dickson Jere admitted that Thandiwe is not in the country.

“She is away. She may join later”, said Jere in reference to the traditional ceremony where president Banda and Malawian president Bingu Wa Mutharika are expected to attend starting today.

President Banda just returned from Libya via Swaziland but had left the wife behind.

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