Mutharika delivers lecture to Yale University: ‘Malawi paradox of Africa’

President Peter Mutharika outlined his vision for Malawi in deepening of democracy and economic self-determination when he delivered a public lecture at Yale University in United States at the auditorium 45 years after leaving the university.

President  Mutharika at Yale

President Mutharika at Yale -Photo by State House

Mutharika lectured on ‘Democratisation and economic self-determination in Africa: The case of Malawi.” He entertained questions from the audience afterwards.

President Mutharika paid tribute to his alma mater, saying when he left Yale in 1969, destiny never told him that he would become a Head of State 45 years later.

“I didn’t know I would come back to Yale as President of the Republic of Malawi. But somehow, I knew I would return,” said Mutharika, touting Yale University as a place where the human quest for ‘light and truth’ finds its destination.”

He noted that during his time, there were very few African students at Yale, but that he was pleased that the numbers have grown significantly over the years.

In his lecture, Mutharika said Malawi is part of the paradox of Africa: “it is a rich country in terms of natural resources but sadly ranked as being among the poorest in the world. Yet we have some of the most magnificent parks and mountains of Africa and we have land for productive agriculture. We also have Africa’s third biggest fresh water lake which we are now harnessing to irrigate the land as part of Africa’s Green Revolution.

Mutharika also highlighted how Malawi moved from colonial era, to multiparty dispensation with himself being the fifth President of Malawi after winning the 2014 elections.

On democracy, the Malawi leader said countries have a long way to go as far as democracy is concerned citing flaws in the constitutions that govern democracy.

He said Malawi’s first decade of democracy – under president Bakili Muluzi – made progress in setting up structures and institutions of democracy.

“Over the past two decades, Malawi has experienced a significant degree of improvements in the quality of governance. Democratic reforms and political liberalization have helped improve the quality of politics, people’s representation and responses to people’s needs. Malawi is no longer autocratic; it is a liberal, multiparty democracy,” said Mutharika.

The Malawi leader however said the economic progress has remained “modest”.

He said second decade of Malawi’s democracy moved towards economic self-determination, led by late Bingu wa Mutharika.

“Under his leadership, we began to guide the country towards more home-grown economic policies, even promoting the use of subsidies in agriculture, against the position of some of our development partners. This policy led to food self-sufficiency at that time,” said Mutharika.

He also mentioned ‘cashgate’ scandal of looting public resources as the main enemy of Malawi economic prosperity that made the donors pull-out.

“We are now in the process of restoring full integrity to our public resources management culture and systems,” informed Mutharika.

“I have strongly condemned corruption at all levels, both in the public and private sectors. Since I was elected to office, 16 months ago, my administration has had a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption, including the successful prosecution of senior government officials found guilty in our courts.

“The process is ongoing and will continue until its logical conclusion – to rid the public sector of the scourge of corruption. In Malawi, no one is above the law. As a former Law professor, I know what this means and will be true to the values that I developed at Yale many years ago,” said Mutharika in the lecture that was covered Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

The President said his government has embarked upon the process of reforming the public sector and strengthening public finance management to ensure efficiency, accountability and responsiveness to our people’s needs and requirements.

“The Constitution enjoins us to do so. As a step towards deepening development, we are in the process of setting up a national planning commission which will be empowered to facilitate long-term economic and development planning to avoid political short sightedness,” he said.

In terms of policy implementation, Mutharika pointed out that lack of skilled labour has been another challenge.

“This has undermined sustained growth and our efforts to diversify the economy. The skills challenge has come from a skewed education philosophy that has not been meeting market and industry demands. For a long time, we failed to provide education to underpin manufacturing and export.

“We are now rolling out community colleges across the country to create a skilled labour force that will meet the demands of investors, create new businesses that will set the country on the road to industrialization.”

Mutharika said his administration is equally committed to supporting the private sector to truly act as an engine of growth.

“At present, the government is the biggest employer but we will reverse this by facilitating the rapid expansion of private sector investment. Our goals is to diversify the economy and to double the exports from Malawi by 2019, and turn Malawi from a predominantly importing and consuming country to a predominantly producing and exporting country,” he said.

Mutharika was in New York for United Nations general assembly. He returns home Saturday.

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69 thoughts on “Mutharika delivers lecture to Yale University: ‘Malawi paradox of Africa’”

  1. food for thought says:

    Koma magaye, ndinu 1. Some of the blatant lies that you are being masqueraded as comments, iyayi mwaonjeza. Eti ati, “Malawi doesn’t have natural resources” and “Yale is the equivalent of a secondary school”.lmao. Koma muziwelenga musanalembe bwanji. Malawi has deposits of oil, bauxite, uranium, rubies, platinum, soft sands, AND others. This government is making all manner of gaffes, but lets remain honest with ourselves and not just write things for the sake of writing them.

  2. Nyatwa says:

    Why don’t you have public lectures in Malawi with Q & As fool. We need a public lecture on how you are going to turn around the economy, how we are going to have decent health care so women and children stop dying, we need a public lecture on why teachers and nurses are not being payed, we need a public lecture on why you took 115 people to UNGA., we need a public lecture on why your ugly wife stole money from NAC………we need so many public lectures in Malawi.

  3. Namukachapa says:

    It would have been better if this photograph was not published. It does a lot of harm.

  4. Optic Computer says:

    We are dreamers at best. That is what we are known for. My dream: We will become leading producers medical hemp, cashgaters, and state “mapwevupwevu”

  5. Phwado says:

    Mitu inayi munangodzadza zimphonongolo ndi mafinya.Public lecture in a theater full of 115 malawian assholes!Shame to agogo!

  6. Peter says:

    Nyasatimes comments leave slot to desire

  7. captain says:

    Public lecture achina sendeza sisters

  8. Phiri says:

    Isnt this the smallest audience I have everseen for a Malawian President to deliver a public Lecture? This is really a joke, dont do something just because others did it. Zimachititsa manyazi. this is a classroom with 60 seating capacity, and you call it public Lecture by a President?

  9. watchfuleyes says:

    Why would anyone of sound mind, waste their time, to go and listen to this man speak?

  10. The Patriot says:

    Talk is cheap, any fool can lecture but the wise are known by their actions. 115 delegates to UN speaks louder than mere talk. Unless change starts from the leadership Malawi will never develop! Ngati pano mukupita ndi anthu ma hundreds ku UN, nanga Malawi atalemera simudzatenga Mulhako onse ku UN?

  11. GRM says:

    We have a Joker as a president

  12. Alekhalibdul says:

    Yale in America=comunity secondary here in malawi i wonder one shud boost that has derevered a lecturing while in real sense he was tellin a story…and if luk closely the list is full of those pipo who went with him azungu sangamvere story tellin yakeyo

  13. Jimbo says:

    ‘Malawi has many natural resources’. says APM. Natural resources generally refers to such things as mineral deposits, coal, oil, gas, diamonds, etc., etc. Malawi is a beautiful country but has very few, if any, natural resources as mentioned. It is precisely for this reason that Malawi is such a poor country. Its chief export earner is tobacco and that is not a natural resource. APM is clearly away with the fairies when he describes Malawi as being rich in natural resources. Once again he is misrepresenting his country and shows little or no knowledge of economics. He should just shut up and stop embarrassing himself and his countrymen.

  14. Tiyene nthawi zina tizivomera kuti pali boma padakali pano. Enanu dikirani nthawi yanu izakwana

  15. Tman says:

    I am finalising my thesis, “The failed leadership, the case of Mr. Ibu in Maravi nation”. My professor has really parted me at the back. The best ever thesis he has ever handled.

  16. hisbolla says:

    Apm, machende ako wamva?

  17. Cheyusufu says:

    Lecturing Malawians at Yale. Why not just doing it in Malawi? Why kusakaza ndalama kutenga a Malawi kukawapanga lecture ku US? Visionless

  18. mtima wa nyani says:

    kodi ku un amakakmba zothetsa aids mmesa mkhani imeneyi inatulukaso ku big misonkhano? kutha ma filimu kusowa zowauza azungu, poti zanti mbweee nkhani zosolabana, komabe akmba aids aids ali ogawa matendawa ambili ndomwewa , mukawaona dzinkhope cezicezi , ku UN atenga zibwezi zomakagona nazo mma hotela akamabwera kumeneko kukapa zibwezi zatsala kumudzi kuno ndi azikazao. za uve basi.
    115 entorage= 115 visaz.kkkkkk

  19. Chimani. Game says:

    Real fool of a person

  20. joy says:

    Too many black faces kikikikik are these not 115 who went there? Malawi has many problems that needs your attention.

  21. Maseko says:

    I went to public schools and community colleges, I definately speak better english and articulate my views better than this Yale graduate

  22. public lecture? says:

    Amaidziwa public lecture Koma mr Ibu?

  23. Ayobe says:

    APM and his entourage have spent a minimum of 2 full weeks on this trip to New York (for the advance party it could well be 3 weeks). While much focus is on the huge large number of his entourage (mostly State House employees, traditional chiefs, and DDP functionaries), there is much less focus on the unnecessary long stay – which is ending in these useless “public lectures”. Why not hold this lecture at Kamuzu Palace since three quarters of the “public” appears to be state house junior accountants, chefs, valets and housekeepers?

    By contrast, the Russian President, who last attended the UNGA in 2005, did not even spend the night in New York. He came, gave his speech, attended some important meetings and was out of the country the same day.

    But poor Malawi feels we have to attend the UNGA each year, with a whole village of “delegates”, and taking as long as we can in expensive New York. What a paradox indeed!

  24. Kennedy says:

    This man is an old fool. In my perspective he definetly need to go for medical check up, sothing if not right in his head. May God remove him for us. He doesn’t know the difference between lecturing and story telling eish my gosh shame on malawi shame.

  25. WIN.B says:

    following…….it looks like he is addressing his 115 member delegation on how to defend themselves when they come bak to Malawi tomorrow….

  26. peter says:

    I wonder why our leaders do not engage in public lectures with local institutions here in Malawi? Is it because they are afraid that the academia will tell them in the eyes that what they are doing is useless while abroad people may not have a true picture of what is on the ground? No wonder the president has always been afraid to avail himself for parliamentary questioning!!!

  27. aah says:

    There are 70 people in the audience and all of them are part of the 115 from home. Could just as well hold the lecture at state house here.

  28. Mbiri says:

    I always wonder how these Malawian leaders Feel when they have to use standard facilities when they travel, yet back home, where there’s absolute poverty, they insist on red carpet treatment even when attending a funeral in the remotest areas and spend tax payers money lavishly. Look at the leader of poor and little known Malawi, In a normal classroom in the US. This cannot happen here. I can only hope that this madness will go with this generation of dinosaurs, however, the Chilima-type seems even worse judging by the opulence he has exhibited this far….Nanga VP akumakhala ndi convoy yaitali kuposa ya Jacob Zuma eti! Maybe we are all fools to accept this mediocrity.

  29. Njala Nsanje ndi Nthenda says:

    Koma Mmalawi pa nsanje ndi kaduka akhoza kutenga distinction. Nchifukwa chake mungobutsa moto mmisika basi.

  30. KARU UNITED says:

    Kodi u pulofesawo ndi umenewo, nanga bwanji samatha kulankhula chingelezi? Ku UNGA, munaona m’mene amanjanjira Netanyahu? Athuwa ali bo, bo, bo, zosamveka, kuti, kodi akuti chiyani?

  31. Jembe says:

    Very disengaged audience probably wondering what the mumbling visionless “president” is doing in front of them. Lecturing or story telling? 90 seater room with half of the audience Malawian. Shame on you Mr president for wasting our tax.

  32. Akati chani? Zaziiiii kunamiza azungu ngati ali ndi masomphenya komaje iai. Olo kumupasa kuti akhale manager wa ndata farm aillephela. Palibe tiona ife.

  33. Wozinyanyala says:

    Mr. President Sir, you forgot to also tell your audience that you bypassed democratic rules by using short cuts in your ascendancy to power by manipulating the voting system or in short by stealing the votes. You also would have mentioned that you are involved in the cash gate scandals enveloping Malawi and even waisting tax payers money by taking with you people who had nothing to do with the function. You also would have reminded them that being a Professor of law meant nothing as you yourself are completely failing to run a small village like Malawi. Sir, your pride in failing Malawians who thought education would be manifested in what you will be doing is a shame. I would have loved to meet whoever helped you to graduate bkoz he/she would be the world’s big failure. I would rather be uneducated than telling lies that am a professor who knows absolutely nothing.
    Thanks

    1. The game says:

      My brother this is the most intelligent observation i have ever come across.You have made the true propeup of the speech this good for nothing president delivered to the people that had nothing to do in NY but rogueing and drinking tea.

  34. Ngati amakanika kulanhkula kuno Mr Ibu, uko ndiye amanena chani, za ziiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Blunt Truth says:

    What Mutharika did not tell his audience.
    1 The economy is worsening under his watch and IMF has just suspended credit facllity, Kwacha losing value, inflation soaring, scarcity of medicines in public hospitals user charges and fees dramatically increased putting many ordinar poor Malawians out of reach of public services etc
    2 MBC TV and Radio full of DPP propaganda. The Opposition is not allowed on state owned MBC TV and Radio.
    3. Peter Mutharika does not go to Parliament to answer questions although it is a constitutional requirement for him to do so.
    4. He never mentioned cashgate of K577bn that took place during the rule of his late brother Bingu wa Mutharika from 2005 to April 2012.
    5. The public service reforms are cosmetic as essential public services are underfunded and public service appointments are made based on political loyalty and tribe mostly lomwe tribe which is the president’s tribe.
    In short the lecture painted a rosy picture while the reality is that poverty is worsening and genuine democracy is declining. Those who openly criticise the DPP regime live in fear of their lives. Up to now the killers of Chasowa in 2011 during DPP rule of Bingu wa Mutharika have not been brought to justice. The nation is still waiting to know who killed Mr Njaunju in July 2015 and why. To say Malawi is rich is a gross exaggeration. With a population of nearly 15million on a small landmass it will take a truly transformative leadership to change the fortunes of this country. I doubt that DPP that brought Malawi to its knees by April 2012 can achieve what Peter Mutharika who leads DPP told his audience.

  36. che muyaya says:

    to my understanding this is not lecturing this is story telling.

  37. hisbolla says:

    Yale, no difference with most of ours secondary xools, no wonder he LECTURED there kkkkkkmk

  38. CHeezy says:

    Too cheezy 🙂
    You should always practice before you lie!

  39. drzeus says:

    Public Lecture or Classroom Lecture? Half of the audience were Malawians!

  40. Zambiata says:

    Koma zimamveka zimene amayakhula Mr Mapwevupwevuwo?

  41. Which mountains is Peter referring to? The ones whose trees have been cut down for charcoal business? Peter travels by road from Lilongwe to Blantyre and sees thousands of charcoal bags along the road but he does nothing to protect or restore the environment. Does he really wish this country any good? I strongly believe he came back to just finish off the few years he has left comfortably as head of state. The man is useless. MEC has been entwined in corruption or theft of public funds. The economy is in tatters. As long as he is comfortable, he doesn’t care. What a man! He picks almost 120 people with him to the US. For what Peter Muthalika? Do you want to tell us that old age is a disease?

  42. Tili Chenene says:

    Koma abale zinazi kuchitisa manyazi bwanji. It looks ngati akuphunzitsa ana a Sunday School osati lecture by the Säte President

  43. Benson T Phiri says:

    zaziiiiiiiiiii zopanda ntchere tipindulapo chani

  44. g says:

    Skilled labour is a huge problem in malawi. Countries like kenya and the like are advancing because of this.

  45. Nick Kachomba says:

    Mmmmmm very unfortunate

  46. b says:

    Speaking to the 115 delegates he took from home kkkkk

  47. ngulenjet says:

    How can he say he has strongly condemned corruption if himself is the most corrupt leader he first stole the elections and is ruling on a stolen vote

  48. KUNO KU MAULA says:

    CHITUKUKO NDI CHIMENECHI ???

    WHAT BENEFIT IS THAT LECTURE TO THE POOR PEOPLE OUT THERE ???

  49. Cheyusufu says:

    Dzibweraniko inu mudzaone za dziko lanu. This guy is completely washed out

  50. ... says:

    hahahahaha what a useless visionless leader.
    Even IMF gave him a zero mark.
    He is just wasting our hard earned money ndi kupaka phula kwa azungu ko.
    And only if he could go through themind of those students, he will find out what they were thinking. Some were thinking “who da hell is this monkey?”, ” where de hell is Malawi”, “pffff Africa, what no sense”, “I can’t hear anything, is he chewing something in his mouth?”

    Well, UNGA is over, your friends E. Lungu, U. Kenyatta, Zuma, Nigerian president are back home. Can you please take the next flight back home instead of wasting more resources on some STUPID, USELESS lecturing. IMF gave you by the way a zero mark. Yale students, don’t listen to him. He failed torun Malawi’s Economy. Malawians are poorer today than 2 years ago. Our perks sre still the same, but prices of goods have jumped up to 150% under his leadership.
    Our hospitals have no money, so no drugs, no fuel for ambulances etc. There is less or no water, no electricity, no fuel, no…….
    This leader is a looser, he failed and an impeachment is wating for him back home.
    Don’t worry, when we are done with him, he will get ample time to give you stupid lectures all day long if you wish.

  51. mbuzi says:

    pathetic public lecture for 13 people, yet its a lecture for the president

  52. Peter27 says:

    Thats all We are good at, talk talk talk,,,,. I will do this, i will do that.
    Less talk and more action please. Besides, is not your moto “ntchito za manja anu zikuchitireni umboni?”. At the moment its more like ntchito za pakamwa panu zikukuchitirani umboni- as you talk a lot and mapwevupwevu a lot with no action. Oh and the latest is IMF has dumped us…!

  53. Hd says:

    Bravo mr president

  54. Nyatwa says:

    Kodi lecture inali nkalasi mwa anthu owelengeka? Anzanu amachita pack ma auditorium with standing room only.

  55. Chimunthu Banda says:

    peturo mathanyula kufuna kuonekano dolo. Kodi ku Yale kwakeko wanena kuti dziko likumukanika kuyendetsa? Kodi kani Yale ili ndi furniture yakwathu komkuno kwamtsiliza? Mchifukwa chake peturoyu mmutu mwake mudadzaza ndi mamina eti?

  56. Bandawe says:

    Lies, lies, lies nothing but lies

  57. Mpumulo aw Bata says:

    The audience looks very disinterested , they can’t figure out why they are there. Kikikikikikikiki

  58. Well done Mr APM-proud of U.

  59. Malawiyano says:

    This is not time to be playing fools in America , just come back and sort out the MWK577b cash gate which you are involved , because of this IMF is not going to give Malawi any money.

    There is a lot of mess in Malawi because of you Peter , for you to be a president of Malawi that’s why we are in poverty and Malawi it’s a failed state in the world.

  60. Mariko says:

    The lecture was delivered in a tutorial room attended by Mtharika own hangers on and a few curious locals. Hardly what you would write home about. A waste of Presidential time

  61. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    We dont eat lectures Mr President. In fact you Mr President you refuse to face Ntata face to face in a lecture like situation. Awowo sangakuthambitse ndi mafuso coz sakudziwa mavuto akuno ku Malawi. Komaso azikuwopa kuti ndiwe president. Bwera ku Malawi kuno udzapangise u lecture wakowo tikawone ngativsukakodzedwa ndii mafunso. Ngati umathawa ma press conference

  62. JB says:

    He is still in the USA??? God have mercy

  63. thembi says:

    Mutharika. Punk ass niggas. Stealing. Robbing. Looting. Nuff said.

  64. Alfred Newmann says:

    This is just a personal nostalgic look at education in Malawi. In 1958, when I went to a secondary school for the first time, at Livingstonia, I was so excited to see and use a science laboratory. The lab was relatively well-equipped, with Bunsen burners, beakers, physical materials and chemical solutions for us to work with. Livingstonia had electricity and running water.
    Livingstonia was, and still is a remote place in Rumphi District. But up there, many years before 1958, a group of sturdy and hardworking Europeans began teaching and showing Africans like my grandfather a newer and perhaps sounder way of living. Much later, I suppose I was fortunate to be among the young Africans who benefitted from a newly opened secondary school, the fore-runner to the University of Livingstonia. But down in Blantyre, where some of my colleagues went to school, life was a whole lot better than at “Khondowe”. Whereas at this magnificent plateau in the Nyika hills, as a student, one was lucky to get a ride on a “lorry” to get to the school, our colleagues at Blantyre Secondary School had the luxury of even travelling on a comfortable bus to attend such events as sports jamborees with other schools.
    Although school fees were hard to get, since most people depended on farming for an income, all over the country, education was the rallying cry of every aspiring family in Nyasaland. Proud were the parents of a young man or woman who had “matriculated” even by studying privately, through correspondence schools, using a paraffin lamp, and mailing the academic work to far-away places for marking. More joy and jubilation was around when such young men and women secured places in well-known colleges as Fort Hare in South Africa, Makerere in Uganda, and Ibadan in Nigeria.
    That was 57 years ago. And today, our own government requires us to pay school fees, beginning with primary schools, all the way to university! One assumes that by making such a decree, the government has improved the whole education system beyond recognition. Yet this is not so. The truth is that today, when there’s need for scientific and technical knowledge and skills apart from anything else, very few schools in Malawi are equipped with laboratory facilities or even libraries. Some schools have no electricity and no running water. Besides, the staffing at these schools and the whole learning environment leave much to be desired.
    The year 1958 was when Kamuzu Banda returned to Nyasaland. And the next year, 1959 was a pivotal one. I was in the second year of my secondary school period when Kamuzu Banda was jailed, and the colonial government declared a state of emergency which, among other things, disrupted the school system. At Khondowe, and I believe elsewhere in the country, we had political agitators who urged us to join the newly-formed Malawi Congress Party and fight for our freedom and independence. Some of us responded quite favourably to this call. I bought my first and only MCP membership card in 1960, a few months after the Party was formed. As students, we figured that a free and independent African government would, among other things, result in a better and advanced system of education, if not for us, then at least for future Malawians.
    And this was not just at Livingstonia. At the same time things were rocking in Blantyre, Mchinji, Nkhata Bay, and all over the country. The name Kamuzu Banda resonated quite well especially with the young people who were privileged to be in secondary schools, where poor meals or a bad teacher always provided good reasons for boycotts and politicking.
    But soon after independence in 1964, and the so-called cabinet crisis, Kamuzu Banda and the Malawi Congress Party were gradually curtailing the freedom that everyone was longing for. On the education front, things started looking suspicious, especially when George Orwell’s book, “Animal Farm” was banned from schools, libraries and bookstores. We often wondered what the authorities found so objectionable in this satirical yet fictional story.
    On the “second coming” of freedom (thanks to multi-party democracy), things looked promising when the United Democratic Front government abolished school fees in certain primary school grades. Keen observers however saw that by that time, the old urge for education that was evident during the colonial era was slowly and sadly ebbing away. People wanted to get rich quickly, and the way to riches through education was seen to be rather slow and cumbersome. So free was good, but hardly useful. As a result, literacy levels began to stagnate and fall, and yes, we’re getting poorer and more miserable. The fast track is not for everyone.
    What then, has gone wrong with our country? Back in 1958, I knew very little about Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia, or Bangladesh, and could hardly figure out where these countries were located. Later however, I learned that in the fifties, these Asian countries were actually backward and no better than us at that time. But today, economically, all these countries have marched forward much faster than we have done. Korea is building cars and computers; Bangladesh is making shirts and trousers for us to buy, when our Nzeru Radio Company closed its doors many years ago. Malaysia is now seen as one of the economic wonders of the world.
    All these Asian countries are also members of the United Nations, just like Malawi. And I’m sure they too have sent delegations to the current UN meeting in New York (though much smaller than ours, and minus shoe-shine boys I bet). If they can speak English, our delegation may wish to compare notes with their colleagues from these Asian states about their respective stages of advancement. The difference ought to have a chilling effect on these adventurous Malawians, even though their pockets are lined with undeserved “allowances”.
    Have you ever watched a cock fill its chest with air and dance around as it’s bedding a hen, or preparing for battle with a rival cock who wants the same hen? I imagine this is how our New York representatives will feel as they land at Lilongwe airport. But just as the bragging rooster (or those Orwell lady birds who laid their eggs on rooftops just to piss off Napoleon and his buddies), they are nothing but chickens, to be consumed later as someone’s dinner. So, let’s not lose hope for the future. Someday, on the strength of justice, good sense, and concern for our children, we may rise up and gallantly challenge our leaders with these words: “This far and no further”.

  65. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Abale (People!), if there is one person on the Malawi political scene who does NOT trumpet his own horn is the President. We should all learn humility from this man. SAMAYENDA NDI MAPEWA KUMWAMBA NGATI AKUDWALA CHITUPIRA (Sorry no accurate translation here).
    From Dar. in Tanzania, after voluntarily leaving Malawi, he went on to the University of London (law, 1965), then crossed the pond to Yale (LLM, 1966 and JSD, 1969). These two are among the top ten universities currently, according to credible world rankings! Simasewela (NO joke – take that one UNISA lecturer).
    What followed was a distinguished career as an educator; culminating to a distinguished professorship at a top university is the States. You do NOT get to achieve all this when you cannot advance your arguments cogently, especially to sophisticated audiences.
    So, criticize the guy for political shortcomings. But on personal attributes, like some mabulutu (simpletons? for lack of a better term) keep saying … they can’t understand APM when he speaks. Rubbish!
    Check out the podcast.

  66. Brazilian Wax says:

    Very Interesting! Does it make any sense to sound a man of intellect at an international forum when your country is decimally performing almost in all spheres of life? I here paraphrase what Albert Einstein once said, “The environment we live in is a product of our thinking” Now, who else does Mutharika as number one citizen of the country think will shape the destiny of the country? How can people take what he says seriously when he is the first in corrupt practices? How can citizens trust him when he typically demonstrates no respect of democratic tenets? Do I need to give examples? Any Malawian in the right-framed of mind and living in Malawi will attest to the leadership deficiency Malawi is experiencing.

  67. Mmalawi wozisata says:

    Why are Malawian presidents liars like this from Bakili Muluzi to the current failed one?.Everybody has been claiming to condemn corruption in the biggest term,yet themselves have been the biggest masterminders of corruption.He has been lying at Yale that he never dteamed that he would never one day return there as president after so many years,yet in one of his speeches in Malawi he claimed of being dreaming as a president when he was only 5 years in some tea plantations of Thyolo during his primary school days with his brother Thom Lyson Webster going some under slave names.He is always contradicting himself.Natural resources of Kayelekera uranium has been abused by his deceased brother together with him during his brother tenure as a president and some few greedy Aussies in some sleepy border of Karonga district,and now he is wondering why Malawi is not developing despite having abundant natural resources.Stop peddling lies in America.Americans have so much information about Malawi than yourself.You think Virginia Palmer the US Ambassador is on picnic in Malawi like your clueless bloated entourage you took to New York?Everybody is fed up with lies about Malawi.Get a Life Mr Clueless Professor.Malawi will never develop just about giving some useless lectures in American Universities like your clueless predecessor who is hiding in some bolt holes from some cashgate linked cases.

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