Mutharika calls Mugabe ‘a real African hero’ : Malawi, Zimbabwe in ‘excellent relations’

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has underscored the notion that Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe is an African Hero.

Mugabe and Mutharika

Mugabe and Mutharika

In an interview carried by Voice of America (VOA) which he has with Blessings Zulu in New York recently after attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mutharika said Mugabe is a real African hero with a rich history of fighting against colonialism.

“We have excellent relations with Zimbabwe. We have never had any problems … In the whole African Union I think it is clear that comrade Mugabe is seen as a real hero you know, when he speaks everyone listens because he has such a rich history of the struggle against colonialism,” Mutharika said.

The Malawi President said Mugabe, who is loathed by the West, “ symbolizes that generation of very great African leaders.”

Mutharika’s elder brother late president Bingu wa Mutharika also decored Mugabe to a hero’s status by naming a road after him.

President Mugabe himself inaugurated the Thyolo-Muloza road from Malawi to Mozambique, which is called the Robert Mugabe Highway.

The road was funded with money from the European Union, which imposed sanctions on Mugabe.

Malawi leadership hails Mugabe as a true son of Africa and a democrat who has liberated his people.

During the interview on VOA, Muthaika was also asked to comment on presidential term limits, he said: “It really depends, I think in some cases people think term limits are good that it brings in new leadership. Some people think that the only term limit that is important is the voters themselves. The voters can decide when they are going to term limit you.”

He said normally in parliamentary systems it is difficult to have term limits. “It really depends on each country.”

Asked about democracy, he said even the United States after 250 years has been struggling with this form of governance, which is a political process.

“ … And we have embarked on that in Africa and I think there are a lot of elements of democracy we are having. Malawi for the first time we had tripartite elections in 2014 for president, parliament and local councils. So, for the first time we had elections at the local level which means that democracy is now going down to the people, to the roots and I think that is success.”

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38 thoughts on “Mutharika calls Mugabe ‘a real African hero’ : Malawi, Zimbabwe in ‘excellent relations’”

  1. MaKopa says:

    The problem of African leaders they love singing songs of praising each other, and be praised for looting the economy.

  2. MaKopa says:

    Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa professor Peter l see you are clueless every time you open your mouth. Who is advising you. Here in Malawi we will not run away like the Zimbabweans we will stop you from looting our resources. We are sick and tired with leaders like Mugabe We want leaders with ideas of dealing with the problems Africans are facing. Let Jesus be your hero he will help you to deal with the problems we have at hand.

  3. Alex Likoswe says:

    Madala,am your supporter. Can you land grab for us in Thyolo and Mulanje.

  4. sayi upha says:

    Mugabe is a hero even some African nationals they call him an African Hero

  5. Rodgers Banda says:

    Our president says HERO Means butchering and molesting natives and politicians,

  6. Stampycious says:

    TO BE HONEST MUGABE IS NOT A HERO BUT A CHIEF TRAITOR. HE IS FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF ADOLF HITLER, BENITO MUSOLIN, IDI AMIN E.T.C

  7. Kandapako says:

    Just to enlighten some, Malawi is not in a parliamentary system. Remember that an independent can become a President even if he does not have a single MP.

  8. Ndinunkha! says:

    President Mutharika you goofed BIG TIME on that one! What hero will kill his own people just to cling to power? What hero refuses to give up power when he loses an election and will rather use the military to beat his opposition into submission? What hero impoverishes his own people just for political expediency?

    Visit Bulawayo Zimbabwe’s second largest city which Mugabe has single handedly turned into a ghost town. Go to Harare’s industrial sites in Workington, Willowvale, Graniteside, Msasa, Ruwa and see the many factories that are lying idle simply because of Mugabe’s ruinous economic policies.

    How many Zimbabweans have fled their country to far flung countres like Australia, USA and the UK fleeing Mugabe’s bad politics? Go to Blantyre/Lilongwe Dept of Immigration. Mwapeleka ma passport angati kwa anthu akuZimbabwe amene akuthawa dziko lawo chifukwa cha nkhanza za galu ameneyu Mugabe?

    Call this son of a bitch a hero??$#%^^&& A hero my foot! Tell us he was a hero not now. The guy is no longer one but full-time dictator who does not know when to call it quits.

    Mutharika will be advised to stop commenting on individuals like Mugabe he knows very little about. His sentiments are total misplaced and an insult to the suffering masses in Zimbabwe.

  9. Antiracist says:

    One as useless as the other! I wish they would die violent deaths just for what they have done to their own citizens. Disgraceful leaders these, Africa can do much better without these types of tinpot dictator types.

  10. I agree with muthalika
    Mugabe is the hero everybody knows that he is a hero and he dealt with gay n lesbianism in his country….
    He’s a hero indeed….
    live long Mudabe
    live long Muthalika

  11. Funso says:

    APM’s commnets don’t read like those of an consitiutional professor.

  12. Democrat says:

    Praising Mugabe but expecting donors to provide aid to Malawi? Are you serious Dunderhead Mutharika? So want donors to take their taxpayers money to provide aid to Malawi which you Dunderhead Mutharika and before you your thankfully dead brother Bingu steal and bank. Then BIngu the minibus conductor and you Dunderhead Mutharika tell Malawians that you were millionaires before you came to Malawi to serve us poor Malawians because we are too stupid to have someone in Malawi to elect as our President.
    You are idiotic Dunderhead Mutharika. And we want you outcome at may we will get y out.,

  13. Mphwache says:

    If Mugabe is a Hero, then so were Mobutu, Idi Amin, Gadaffi, and Siad Barre, Emperor Bokassa.

  14. Patriotic malawian says:

    While Pitala to us malawians is a ZERO clueless lomwe ruler

  15. tony more says:

    Which ever way you see it, the bottom line is corruption and misuse of public money by a few in power is the root cause of Africa being poor.

  16. michael says:

    zones ndi zautsilu

  17. nkhedu says:

    useless set of presidents

  18. Malawiyano says:

    You want to be like GOGO BOB MUGABE , Malawians will not allow that . Mugabe fought for the country’s and you rigged .

  19. Bubu says:

    Yes, he is like Putin. The greatest leaders the world has exprienced. Why should US be allowed to interfere in Afghanistan and Iraq and Russia not in Ukraine?. Or where in Europe do africans own land at stake of Europeans?. Yes my great grand fathers were slaves but not me and not Mugabe. I dont mind what Iam in the eyes of europeans. I am myself and Iam happy. Go on Bob.

  20. Kanyimbi says:

    Bwino nazo izi. zochemerera Mugabe zinapweteketsa Bingu.

  21. BigMan says:

    The problem with most people is they don’t look at the whole picture. I Mugabe a Hero? Of course he is, anybody who led his people to independence is surely a hero. Has he made mistakes, of course he has.

  22. BRAJOE says:

    Mutharika is busy with stupid things, instead of concentrating with the economy of malawi instead he is learning from the dictator mugabe of how bring malawi economy down. USELESS.

  23. sikusinja says:

    Mugabe is indeed a hero but I think we should not also be mincing words. He is a hero who has clung to power way too long. He should have handed that country over to new leadership some 10 to 15 years ago.

  24. bakalembo says:

    I hope you dont know why Zimbabwe is on that mess. Do you have white farmers in your country?

  25. KAMBWE says:

    FOR U #4…I Hope you know why Pitala is saying Mugabe is a Hero…very shortly ZIMBABWEANS were carrying bags of dollars to buy a single bread, their currency was devalued to the lowest in Africa, possibly the whole world. They were forced to use USA Dollar.. their economy was worst than Malawi………..Now as am talking their economy is much much better than ours..and I hope Our president has learned something from him …its not about age but performance,..i THINK Mugabe new by taking back the farms he believed in his people that they can produce the same Mazoe you are claiming. He wanted to empower his people…moreover I don’t think those whites bought those estates..My friend believe in Africa and believe in the potential you have.

  26. nzungu wa nzeru says:

    Mugabe is indeed a hero

  27. MAN KENYA says:

    What hero? For 35 years, this dictator has manipulated the country and still yearning to vie for the 2018 election at the age of 94. The desperation and tribulations of his citizens tell it all as opposed to his lavish lifestyle. He has strongly tormented the opposition and fed his supporters with irrelevant ideologies concerning the West. At 91, frail and senile Mugabe won’t quit. The economy is at it’s worst. What important did he do with the farms after chasing the whites? This is an embarassment for the continent. Total shame!

  28. Jelous down Comrade Mugabe is an african hero he even criticise the whites where it is needed to do so.

  29. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Mutharika was right and spot on. How do you term limit a president in a parliamentary system. In a parliamentary system, people don’t vote for a president but parties. The president of a party that gets more seats automatically becomes the president of the country.

  30. benjnes says:

    MUGABE IS RIGHT IN HIS OWN WAY HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE RULED BY THE WEST BUT IN THE PROCESS THE LOCAL ARE SUFFERING. PROBLEMS IS AFRICAN ARE VERY GREEDY AND CORRUPT.

  31. Namalira wamkulu says:

    Za zii! Like mugabe like petulo. Maplesidenti ofoilisisa ku afilica komanso amakani heavy. Mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!

  32. mtumbuka1 says:

    Every African president who harbours ambitions to rule beyond his term and became a dictator starts by praising Mugabe. Mugabe is a good example of bad democratic governance in the world. He is obsessed with America and Britain instead of sorting out the mess in his own country. Zimbabwe is a joke today thanks to the works of his hands and it’s out of this world to have a mutharika who claims to be democratic taking his hat off for this dictator. Young Zimbabweans in diaspora have given up on their country and all they do now is to get stuck on facebook and whatsaap. Mugabe have made people suffer and can not be regarded as a hero and it’s an insult to people like shangirai and all those that wishes Zimbabwe well. I don’t give a damn what his stand on gay is cos that does not justify the pain and suffering he has caused on his people especially children and women. After all what people do in their rooms at night, with who should not bother Mugabe much. He needs to worry about putting food on the table for about 16 million people which he is starving.

  33. Sapitwa says:

    Who else; Mugabe of course is an African Hero. He doesn’t mince his words to a white man.

  34. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    No wonder Africa is the most least developed continent. A continent whose leaders lack focus. How do you call someone clinging to power yet his age too much strongly counts against it? If fact this is not the time to be talking about the fight against colonialism. That deserves its space in the history books. This is the time to fight for economic independence. As African leaders, don’t you feel ashamed to be presidents of impoverished people? Don’t you get vexed to be presidents of hungry people? Don’t you feel incompetent to be presidents of a continent with poor socioeconomic and health indicators? If you don’t then you don’t fit to be leaders.

  35. Truck says:

    WHAT I AGREE WITH MUGABE ITS ABOUT GAYS AND LESBIANS BUT ABOUT CHASING WHITE FARMERS IS A BIG MESS JUST LOOK LONG TIME AGO THERE WAS MAZOE JUICE NOW ITS MORE AND THERE LOTS AGRICULURAL FOODS BUT NOW ALL THAT ITS HISTORY THE ECONOMY OF ZIMBABWE ITS NOT OK YOU CAN BE FRIENDS WITH HIM BUT DONT FOLLOW THE ISSUE OF CHASING WHITE FARMERS NOW HE WANT WHITE FARMERS TO COME BACK ITS TOO LATE NOW.

  36. mzuzu hotel says:

    Since when?? Mugabe is a dictator his country was once a big producer of maize and minerals but not it is a biggest producer of prostitutes (shonas). Go to south Africa and see how girls sell their bodies to send money home since Mugabe fucked up his country. Ask him why the hell he uses the American dollars and what happened to his useless zim dollar.

  37. The Only Democrat Left says:

    Warning
    Dunderhead Mutharika also wants to follow in Mugabe’s footsteps and be a dictator and abolish term limits. TheseDunderhead Mutharika is as bad if not worse then Bingu

  38. KoKolikoko says:

    Oky kumayamikirana nthawi zina ndibwino!!!
    Nsanje siumuna!!!!

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