First Lady awarded degree from University of Malawi

The first lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika has been awarded a honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Management from the University of Malawi .

Now Dr Getrude Mutharika

Now Dr Getrude Mutharika

First Lady gets her doctorate degree from Unima

First Lady gets her doctorate degree from Unima

Madam Mutharika, a nurse by profession, is portrayed as the loving wife, supporting the father of the nation, President Peter Mutharika.

She has been awarded with an honorary doctorate degree in Environmental Management by Polytechnic college , a constituent of the University of Malawi.

Mrs Mutharika was being awarded for her Beautify Malawi Trust project and that the university recognised her  “ tremendous job” .

The new Dr Gertdude Mutharika’s CV already includes improving the environment of the country through BEAM.

BEAM is an initiative set up by the first lady which aims to encourage Malawians to take care of the environment.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika has congratulated his wife.

” I urge her and fellow Malawians to continue supporting the noble work of preserving our environment and natural resources, through the Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) and other initiatives so that we improve the health and safety of our surroundings,” President Mutharika said in a message on social media.

BEAM office said people should not view her doctorate degree in a politically-tinted view, saying its an academic degree as nobody awards themselves a degree.

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75 thoughts on “First Lady awarded degree from University of Malawi”

  1. Ilakweilakwe says:

    Malawians why are we obsessed with being accorded with doctorates or awarding doctorates osalowera mkalasi. Serious? For sweeping the street lol. Those receiving honorary phds must prove it academically. Awa angalembe thesis. We shall never develop with a bunch of Drs’ opanda academic achievements

  2. Aubrey Milinda says:

    Congratulation mai wa fuko

  3. Msadane says:

    Just a correction to the reported perception of Beam office. An Honorary degree is not an academic degree. Ndi ulemu wongoyeseza. The recepient salowela mkalasi ayi. Amangovala mkhanjowo osagwilira ntchito ya mabuku mkalasi ayi. Indeed some recipients prefer to not call themselves doctors because in reality they are not doctors.

  4. OKWERA says:

    YOU CAN ALSO DISCUSS THIS IN AUGUST HOUSE

  5. MEMBER says:

    NO WONDER WE REMAIN BEHIND. ALIYENSE AKAKHALA PA MPANDO KU MALAWI AMAFUNA U DOKOTALA BASI. COPYRIGHT SIMUMACHITA NAYO MANYAZI.
    KU MALAWI BESIDE KAMUZU KOMA MULUZI DR. MUTHALI DR. JOYCE DR. UYU WAGANIZA ZOMPATSA MKAZAKE UDOKOTALA WOTOLA.
    KU TZ. KULIBE ZOPUSAZI. KU Z KULIBE KU ZIM KULIBE KU MOZAMBIQUE KULIBE. AMALAWI KUKULA MTIMA. MCHIFUKWA POLY INASANDUKA MSANZA ZA UNIVERSITY.

  6. zanga phee says:

    ma DR a fake, wachitapo chni kuti akalandire Doctorate,
    za ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii?

  7. daniel mpatamlonde says:

    what a stupid thing! sono mwapangapo chani? Nonse ndinu a zweeee eti?

  8. daniel mpatamlonde says:

    what a stupid and time waisting activity. ndiye chani chimenechi???

  9. Kandapako says:

    Ofumu okakhala udyo simouza, imouza ndi mphepo!

  10. kangandiwamba says:

    I used to be a DPP sympathiser but the love for it tends to be fading coz of inept governance.It’s leadership is weak,full of appeasement and hypocrity.Bola bingu osati izi.

  11. ml chisala says:

    ZINA KAMBU ZINA LEKU. OLANDILA SUCH A DEGREE PAMENE SUNAIKEPO EFFORT ILIYONSE, SHD BE A SHAME TO THE RECEIVER. KUMATCHULIDWA DR ….. OR PROF….. ON NOTHING? AMBUYE YESU ANANENA KALE KUTI UZADYA THUKUTA LAKO. KOMA ZIKUCHITIKA APA NDE PANJA PENIPENI. ZOZIWIKILATHU KUTI OPELEKA MA DEGREE AULELE CHONCHI NAWO ARE SEEKING SOME FAVOURS FROM THE PRESIDENT. TANGOGANIZANI DR SHANIL MULUZI PANO ZAU DR ZO SIZIKUMVEKANSO ZINACHITA EXPIRE CHIFUKWA ZINALIBE FOUNDATION YOGWIRIKA. KWALI MWE. PLZ AWARD PEOPLE THAT HAVE LEARNED WELL WELL AND QUALIFY FOR IT. TIZAKHALA NDI MALAWI WA ANTHU OPHUNZIRA OSATI ANTHU OLANDILA MA DEGREE A FAKE.

  12. kate says:

    MPAKANA APAPA? APAPA NDE AYI!! INU MA PHD ANZANU AMACHITA KUKHETSERA THUKUTA INU MUKUNGOLANDILA AULELE CHONCHI?KOMA UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI, POLY, MWANDIGWETSA ULESI. DZIKO LILI MMANJA MWA AGARUDI!

  13. ml chisala says:

    Its truly sad when supposedly learned professors seek favours from govt and politicians to either maintain positions or seek higher positions by offering degrees that are not worthy the paper they are printed on with little regard to the detrimental effect this has on the reputation of the institutions they manage or represent!

  14. 2016 welcome says:

    The issue is not arguing whether this is an academic or honorary degree. The crux of the matter is what has BEAM done so far to warrant recognition. Glorifying mediocrity! No wonder it’s a country famous with open defecation. Country of baboons.

  15. Tchama says:

    Tsano ine mnayamba kusesa pulaimale yonse, sekondale yonse, koleji yonse komaxo daily pakhomo panga, where is ma Degree???? panunkha2 pano

  16. Nathan says:

    A ku Poly, inenso Phd imeneyi mundipatse basi kuti anthu azinditchula kuti Dr. Nachishiti! Ngati ndikuwola manyi mutawunimu, ndiwola basi!

  17. zaya says:

    koma kumeneko

  18. abinte says:

    Koma this country is full of appeasement. Inu mmene sukulu ivutiramu basis kungompatsa degree n PhD kkkkkkkk.I don’t what to say.koma amayi mukanakana.zinazi kumakana zimapeleka ulemu

  19. Ruben Kacheche says:

    Does she really deserve this ? Beam has done nothing tangible and will end Boma likachoka. I feel people like Mama, Emma Kaliya, Emmie Chanika, Grace Malenga, Nayele, Maria Chidzanja, Dorothy Nyas uli and Jessie Kabwira would be better recipients … munthuyu sizimamuyendera kwenikweni ku World Vision, u MP ndi uja anthu anamukana ataona kuti akulephera. …..chonchobe mpanyasa pano

  20. Mulibe manyazi a Getu says:

    She NEVER went to nursing school !!!! She was a typist.

  21. Nama says:

    I am DPP 100% koma apapa ndiye eeeeeeeee comment loading

  22. Chalume says:

    This makes me want to dissociate myself from the UNIMA. It used to be a center of excellence. Where did that go?

  23. naphili says:

    I am actually lost for words. A Malawi what stupidity is this? Is there no one with a little bit of intelligence in that country? Dr. my foot!

  24. Jimbo says:

    Let’s hope she takes note of the accusations levelled against Dausi – i.e. his involvement in ivory poaching in Nyika. By the way, what value does an honorary doctorate from UNIMA have?

  25. kangandiwamba says:

    Koma tees!!!

  26. vavlov says:

    Typical of university of Malawi – appeasing presidents and their wives. It all started with Muluzi, this cheap university gave him and his wife honouray doctorates. It is obvious that minister of education Fabiano is behind this stupid award. Malawians has a wealth of stupid people; who survive on appeasement of political leaders. Honestly, does this useless woman deserve such an award?

  27. george nambazo says:

    Okay, any way Malawians are watching.

  28. Small Bwana says:

    There are a lot of Malawians pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in and out of Malawi. It’s hard to see how this doesn’t send a message of minimizing their hard work. I also get this vibe that we’re promoting the false idea that graduate degrees are only for the elite and powerful people in our country, which was fortunately not the lesson I was taught growing up kumudzi ku Kasungu.

  29. kadamanja says:

    Malawi Malawi Malawwwwwi utsiru wokhawokha Dr oooh my foot! Within a year Degree,! Hehehehehehe zilikuno ku Malawi Dr, Banda Dr Muluzi, Dr Bingu, Dr Joice Dr Peter Proff, Dr Getu, Hede sukulu or ntchito yake yiti? Tulo Amalawi. Hedeeee!

  30. Tama. says:

    Doctorate degree?wagwira ntchito yanji?

  31. Timbiri says:

    Correction: That is the very reason UNIMA is 74th in Africa. It is a glorified high school

  32. Zagwa says:

    Komatu uchitsiru mukupanga alhomwewu tsiku lina timenyana!

  33. Timbiri says:

    That is the very reason UNIMA is 74th in Malawi. It is as good as a glorified high school

  34. Honesty says:

    Ladies and gentlemen. There are a lot of wrong things that reporters write about individuals. This reporter especially did not do his homework well and is probably a DPP sympathiser.

    I have known Gertrude for the past 26 years. She has never been a nurse, unless somebody tells me otherwise. Gertrude has been working as a secretary at World Vision in Maselema, Blantyre. Even her description as a widow during her wedding was wrong. She was a divorcee, not widow. Of course, the former husband died many years (12 years) later after he had even remarried.

    About the honorary degree, all I can say is that it has come too early. I don’t know where Polytechnic is rushing to or who they want to please. Honorary degrees are offered after a lengthy period of observation and assessment. How could you possibly assess BEAM in less than 20 months that would warrant a PhD? Have we become a laughing stock of the ENTIRE universe???????

  35. Just a question? says:

    Ma comment enawatu kungosonyeza umbuli. You mean you don’t know what an honorary degree is? Most of these making noise can hardly produce an authenticated certificate. If you discredit UNIMA, why then are many people flocking to the recently mushrooming colleges that are offering fake and substandard masters and PHds? Most of them without any legitimate history and infrastructure as most operate from Primary School classrooms.

  36. thinktankmalawi says:

    Honorary degree people…..it’s just that.. honoray.Nothing wrong…

  37. Jobe says:

    Understand plz, this is not an academic degree, it is just an honor

  38. Pacharo Vinjeru says:

    I am glad I am not an alumina of the University of Nyasaland – the cheapest University so far. From nowhere wa JC, mpaka PhD and I wowed none of my children will go to study there.

  39. vinjeru says:

    I am so glad that I m not an alumina of this cheap University. This is very shameful. Polytechnic lectures, what are you up to? You are all dunderheads. Masiku a Kamuzu mungachite zopuzazi, kuti chani? Munthu was JC, PhD.

  40. Chambe says:

    Congratulations madam. If there is another person like you who hates littering garbage everywhere in towns and villages, it is me. Malawians who are against your efforts love the thick stinking smell from the littered garbage in Lilongwe, Blantyre and other cities. In fact to them, it does not matter when they buy food sold at open markets littered with this stinking garbage with green flys landing all over the food.
    Now here is a lady trying to pump sense and even provide financial support to the City of Lilongwe. She even visited the garbage dumping site to show how serious she is.
    She deserves this recognition. Shame on you who love the smell of rubbish!

  41. Thomas Didimo says:

    Kodi Tadikila, why din’t you advise your mum not to make a fool of herself.

  42. Kodi kani says:

    Very true Shanil was also awarded a PhD but honestly the Muluzi era is not something we can look back with pride and this includes the award of a degree to Shanil . But since UDF and DPP are in an alliance this is perhaps not surprising. Coming to this Award really what environmental issues have changed since the establishment of Beam? Malawi especially the cities remain filthy and not so long ago Beam promised to beautify roundabouts in Lilongwe and can the organization point at any roundabout which has changed in outlook?

    1. Fletcher says:

      I was very close to person who was a UDF insider and a relation of the then Vice Chancellor, Peter Mwanza. When I asked him at the time why Peter Mwanza had endorsed the award of honorary PhD to Shannil, my friend said – ‘politics. Mzuni administration expect favours…….’

  43. DWAMBAZI says:

    Please read the first lady of Namibia’s impressive resume and then you will see how retarded UNIMA is and how stupid this is

  44. lets take our country back says:

    The University of Malawi has hit rock bottom. I’m so glad Im not an alumni. This is a sad day for all those pursuing higher learning in Malawi

  45. Dr. Mrs. Joyce Banda weniweni says:

    Joyce Banda’s honorary doctorate degree in my mind. It always makes me laugh when I hear somebody say “Her Excellence Dr. Mrs. Joyce Banda…” kkkkiest koma kumeneko hahahaha a Malawi kumvesa chitsoni

  46. Kuminula.com says:

    May I ask the first lady to dress honorably. Lead by example please, do not show your nakedness otherwise you will not be able to correct young girls. I dont mean to offend you mama. I like and respect the dressing of Patricia Kaliati and all other honorable ladies, keep it up Patricia…

  47. CHIVWIMBO says:

    Total nonsense. I think our education system has gone to the dogs. How can a reputable institution like Malawi Polytechnic do such a thing. Shame Malawians.

  48. bozwell makaranga says:

    God help this mediocrity University. It stands to confirm the standing of University of Malawi in Africa where it chalks up the near rearguard position. With this stupidity, should anyone be surprised? How on earth can this nonsense be let to happen?

  49. Nathan says:

    Phd yabooka! Ndi ziphwisi zomwe kutenga Phd? Kikikiki! Kumeneko ndiye kunyoza maphunziro!

  50. mzungmbuli says:

    Thats not fair, there are some women who have been cleaning the city for years, UNIMA also need to give them doctrate degrees. they have done the same job with her

  51. kelvin says:

    zopusa basi

  52. Lyon says:

    Nanga Kambwiri uja wakoza ndege ku Madisi- Dowa mumpatsa liti degree? those r the pple who are supposed to be awarded such kind of degrees cos of their innovation. A Malawi! Politicizing everything! Zachamba basi……Poly u r disgrace to the Academics……

  53. Harawa says:

    with non partisan mind, I would like to extend my graduate to Dr. Gertrude Mutharika for making a change in first lady roles, pls accept my congratulations on making Malawi clean

  54. Yoweri Magufuli says:

    BOLA MUNAKAMPASA DAUSI PHD YA BOMBAISM – THIS IS DEVALUATION OF UNIMA CREDENTIALS – ALL THOSE WITH UNIMA QUALIFICATION MUST FEEL VERY ASHAMED AND HUMILIATED INDEED TO HAVE THIS ***** AS THEIR MATCH – TSUTSENI NGATI NDIKUNAMA!!

  55. popapo says:

    How i wished Malawians listened to the interview of First Lady of Namibia on a program on Africa. Kuchita kusilira kuti akanakhala wathu wathu uyu mzimai tikana dalisika. Koa zathuzi kaya.

  56. Kaya says:

    That’s the level of standards that UNIMA has now. This is utter mediocrity and daft. What has she done in life to deserve any accolade? Stupid everything and I am damned.

  57. chemuyaya says:

    UNIMA has run out of ideas.

  58. munthuwanzeru says:

    mmaidziwa PhD koma? Honarary doctorates comfered honoris causa (hc)

  59. palibekanthu says:

    Really????

  60. SIR JOHN says:

    WAT WE WILL HEAR NEXT IS THE LADY IS PROFFESSOR G MTHALIKA. UNIVERSITIES R MORE DIGNIFIED INSTITUTIONS BT NOW OUR UNIMA HAS GONE TO DOGS.

  61. mystery says:

    kambwiri mumpasa liti degree yake…?????????????

  62. Paka Bush says:

    Zinayamba ndi Shanil Muluzi……Mukudabwa chani? Munali musanabadwe eti?

  63. Observer says:

    Mine is just a reminder that Shanil Muluzi was also conferred with an honorary PHD koma is it valid now. These honors are valid only when one is in power.

  64. Chabila Chaluza says:

    Zopanda muchere mwina kuti Sugar kkkkkkkkkkk

  65. Za siiii says:

    Za ziii

  66. Chifwede Gondwe says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiest, koma pple at UNIMA have lost direction. Why not give Phd to Kambwiri, man from Dowa who has built a chopper? Aaaaaaaah! Lets be honest guys, this is laughable and pathetic. The intergrity of UNIMA is now being eroded by political influence.

  67. JEJE says:

    Hahahahah akudyetsa baz iwe not a political but what? and on what achievements?

  68. Jinack Chinula says:

    Keep it up Madam, and may God bless. Backward never but forward ever.

  69. Jinack Chinula says:

    The award is exactly in line with the achievement and working tirelessly. Congratulations.

  70. Lake Malawi says:

    Zamanyi basi kagwereni uko

  71. koulalampa says:

    Congratulations Madam for this Phd meaning popeza honors degree yaphweka…….we are waiting for the same stupid college to award you a proffesorship title work hard during your assignments and thesis was not a joke.keep on researching in your field.

  72. Jinack Chinula says:

    Congratulations to the Fisrt lady for the achievement and the award due to hard work.

  73. therere says:

    Congrats madam, it is not her duty only let us all assist to make Malawi beautiful

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