Mutharika says in UN speech: Malawi aims to end Aids by 2030, guarantees human rights

President Peter Mutharika has said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly that his government will strive to achieve an AIDS-free generation in Malawi by ending the epidemic by 2030.

President Mutharika addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York

President Mutharika addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York

Mutharika said Malawi will focus on expanding access to HIV treatment and prevention programs in order to reduce new HIV infections, saying AIDS is a public health threat.

“We aim to put 15 million people on (HIV) treatment,” said Mutharika in his speech monitored by Nyasa Times through UN live webcast.

He stressed that Malawi aspires to stamp out AIDS definitively during the next 16 years.

“Malawi is well on the way to achieving this goal. Together we can end Aids,” said Mutharika introduced before the speach as Presiden, Minister of Defence and Commander-In-Chief of Malawi armed forces.

The Malawi leader said the fight against Aids epidemic requires that “we do business unusual.”

More importantly, he said, “it will require continued shared responsibility.”

Mutharika appealed for global support to help Malawi manufacture life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs “and making it more accessible.”

Malawi President expressed optimism that his government will strive to end the era of AIDS.

In his 14 minutes address, Mutharika also said his administration remains committed to uphold, promote and guarantee freedom and human rights.

He was mum on criminalisation of homosexuality in Malawi but talked of “strengthening legal protection” amongst citizens.

“My government will continue to promote human rights by among others, enhancing awareness of human rights,” he said.

He nonetheless said his administration will continue to crackdown on fraud, corruption and theft of public resources, saying “these vices must be dealt with to ensure protection of human rights.”

“My government remains committed to fight against corruption,” he said, informing the UNGA that Malawi is still “pursuing suspects” in the massive financial scandal, dubbed “Cashgate.”

The Cashgate scandal outraged donor countries, causing them to demand audits and withhold $150 million of aid to Malawi, where 40 percent of the annual budget is donor-funded.

The President denounced corruption as evil as it deprives the people of Malawi, particularly the poor, of their legitimate right to economic prosperity by diverting resources meant for socio-economic development into the pockets of a few greedy individuals and also scares away potential investors.

“Full enjoyment of people’s human rights could not be achieved in a society full of fraud, corruption and theft of public resources. These vices must be dealt with in order to protect people’s human rights and ensure delivery of expected service from their government,” the President said .

Mutharika also reaffirmed its commitment to take a leading role in the implementation of post 2015 development programs for the benefit of its people.

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48 thoughts on “Mutharika says in UN speech: Malawi aims to end Aids by 2030, guarantees human rights”

  1. Ndikutii says:

    No need to panick fellow countrymen. First this pathetic president addressed half empty hall. I would not be surprised if the audience was mostly assistants of abscent presidents. Secondly, the audience could not even pick much of what Muthalika said. Even the Malawi handclappers, as usual had to clapp as a matter of curtsy.

  2. Nyatwa says:

    Does the UN provide translators? Coz I’m not sure if anybody understood him. Kikikikikikikikiki

  3. Bandawe says:

    Is he and his “wife” included in the 15 million HIV+ Malawians?……hmmmm,

  4. English Guru says:

    our leaders are all about titles, so he was happy to called president, minister of that commander-in-chief of this. from what I know commander in chief is a ceremonial position, attained by virtue of being president. it doesn’t make you the greatest soldier, no! barack obama is commander in chief of the world’s biggest army, but he doesn’t go flaunting that title at the UN! but not our african leaders! scrap that, there are civilised presidents in africa who don’t do this kind of thing! its the malawi presidents who are seriously about all these meaningless titles. that made our president sound as ignorant as idi amin.

  5. English Guru says:

    should have just written an email to communicate that message instead of blowing hundreds of millions of tax-payer funds to deliver that empty ass speech. better still, you should have just sat down and say i second comrade mugabe’s speech! it had more substance!

  6. Issa says:

    Kodi ku UN amayankhula aliyense or wokhuta kachasu?

  7. Bandawe says:

    Who wrote this tired speech? Eradicate poverty first then every thing will fall in place, it’s as simple as that! Get your priorities straight dude!!!!

  8. kuwait says:

    My blame should go to mbendera for systematically rigging elections. Mbendera can you see now how he has disapproved you that he is not a leader? Spending so much amount of money to UNGA saying he is going to end aids/hiv in malawi. Cannt he questioned his medulla as to why leaders of developed countries (usa, britain,etc) keep mouths closed on the matter yet they have resources. Awadi ndi maloto achumba!!!!!

  9. AL Hasan AL Majid says:

    Hahaha putting 15 million Malawians on HIV treatment means putting all Malawians on HIV treatment? Whatever this guy smokes must be surely banned.

  10. Chatty Man says:

    Mwayendako wachabe ulendo umenewo a president you will come empty handed!

  11. I have always known that this guy is good at nothing with his degrees he got from distance learning. The guy has never employed anyone in his life or do a little bit of business in his life. And you expect him to look after 15 million people. He tells the whole world lies about corruption and aids statistics, now the whole world knows why Malawi is backward in everything. Atlist the world knows that its not Malawians who are dumb but the leadership.

  12. Jimbo says:

    Empty promises and meaningless rhetoric. Taking from the country’s finances to fund this extravagant trip to the USA , is that not corruption at the highest level? Anyone who is aware of the size of the Malawi delegation and of the privately rented jet for trip will be laughing at APM’s promise to tackle corruption. He has lost all credibility in the eyes of the world. Malawi will be a laughing stock to all the UNGA. APM is a disgrace to his country.

  13. Stevie says:

    15million pple on HIV treatment??? Are we all infected? Because that’s the implication of what he said. My president, what has come upon you??? Shaaa!

  14. dee kay says:

    The whole country is HIV positive? Must be a very sad state.

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  17. Zodabwitsa says:

    Hey 15 million that’s the whole population. I guess this is just a typing error otherwise its not making sense as the figures are not correct here.

  18. Same sex says:

    We aim to put 15 million pple on HIV treatment ???….population of Malawi is close to 17 million??….what the fuck only 2 million Malawi pple no HIV ….were did the president get this figures ??… me lol

  19. mtaisi says:

    President uyooo!!! Hahaha,koma zayambano kumvetsa chisoni abale angakhale president uyu kuyankhula zimenezi,chisoni chandigwira ine abale

  20. cnkhuto says:

    I didn’t know that many comment writers on nyasatimes are very foolish. The entire speech, good speech, kungotolapo 15 million people. How the hell do we think as Malawians? Evertime thinking politics. We won’t eat politics,.we will harvest from our hard work. Our problems is that we wait for other people to do the hard work fir us and we eat their success. Without wasting much time lets go tikatipule. No work, no food. Stupid.

  21. Ajudeya says:

    15 Million Malawi people on HIV treatment…….Seriously. Will it be by force kuti tonse tikwamwe zimenezi????? Mugabe weniweni ndithu

  22. tsetsefly says:

    If you are failing to provide Panadol, tell me this is another rhetoric. Please be correct your stats. Otherwise people will think this is another set of stupid cookies.

  23. Kaifa yahaya says:

    Dot blame president he is nt a one he make hiv u do ur self

  24. mdk says:

    To end aids,what does that mean?

  25. Khave-Thava says:

    How can the president say that all Malawians are HIV infected? You are lack Mr. President that you are in nation that has few genuine journalists to have a take on this one.

  26. NYAOPE says:

    Kodi anzanganu mukudabwapo chiyani pa zomwe zalankhulidwa pamenepa? Have you already forgotten that he told the whole nation that he has got”a job without description”? Which means there’s no strategy to do that job, you can do as you’re pleased. Pajatu Kanundu amakuonetsa zinthu mozondoka. I think its time the UNGA should start conducting the Ant dopping test, before these leaders go on the podium.

  27. commenter says:

    Empty promises my president

  28. i miss kamuzu says:

    aids is a direct result of extreme poverty. poor women prostitute themselves to buy food. you end poverty, you end aids. simple.

    secondly, i didn’t listen to the speach, but please tell me that it’s an typing error by nyasatimes that each and every one of us is going on arv’s. we’re not all infected. first it was the anti-ziphwisi law, now this? how must we look now to the rest of the world?

  29. stephen says:

    so the whole nation should be on hiv treatment? kapena mukufunirako ma donors akhutule chilembwe so that payende nacgate?

  30. chatonda says:

    The population of Malawi is about 15 million and he wants all of us on ARVs ,Are you sure Mr President that we are all HIV positive and that we need ARVs? Was that speech yours are a borrowed one? Do you know how many people are HIV positive in this country? So you have a strategy of begging by telling the world that we are all HIV positive and that you will put all of us on ARVs? Are you sure or you were drunk before going to make your presentation?
    Be ready Malawians, all of us will be put on ARVs by President Peter Muthariak for the first time those infected and affected. sorry what a great mistake by the leader at international forum?

  31. Cashgate1 says:

    What a fallacy! With health conditions Malawi is in, I wonder how that will be achieved. Corruption that chokes health sector and many poor condition in our hospitals. I hope APM is aware of new Human Papilloma Virus (HIP) on the block. If it hits Malawi with our worst and broke health sector then we are dead. I am its worst than HIV, even with maximum protection simamva. So does that leave Malawi HIV free?

  32. ABALE says:

    Koma matchonawa abale ndichani a Malawi azanga.

  33. sikusinja says:

    It seems the president doesnt even know the population of his country just blurting out numbers to get sympathy and donors. Hasnt he been told that honesty is the best policy.
    Ku UN uliko mabwana a Global Fund and UNAIDS are there and they know the exact figures of HIV/Aids in Malawi so they know you are cooking figures to steal money again. This doesnt look good at all my friend.

  34. Sir Bentby says:

    where did he bought daga (marijuana) he smoked before giving his bullshit statement. deluded President

  35. John Banda says:

    15 million, my foot. That’s the whole population. Was is it a slur or the President is ignorant about the HIV prevalence in his own country?

  36. Boma says:

    What an empty speech. Mutharika, do you know the population of Malawi? And do you want to put everyone on ARVs including babies? Is AIDs our main problem? Will you be there in 2030? If you cannot sort out problems under your nose, can you see beyond 2 years?

    You talk about fraud and corruption yet you and your cohorts are busy practising the same? You should talk of the looming hunger and strongly attach cashgate. We need a special court for this.

    Apa ndiye mwapitira shopping ndi kukasunga ndalama. Bola mukanangokhala konkuno osapita ndi speech ngati imeneyi.

  37. NEd says:

    president uyu alibedi nzeru,how can that be possible,in a country with over 10% HIV prevalence rate and millions of people living with the virus do you think the virus can just vanish in 15 yrs time?

  38. Zakeyo says:

    15 million people on ARVs?? That’s the entire nation!!! Hahahahaha!!!

  39. nthandalanda says:

    You won’t be there my friend. We it is just rhetoric. Mwaba kangati ndalama zothetsela AIDS Ku Malawi? Zopusa basi!

  40. nyokopolo says:

    15 million on treatment that gqy ia afreak.and in your dream mr wake up pliz u will crush da nation

  41. jojo says:

    Kumvetsa chisoni

  42. Attention Seeker says:

    Before delivering the speech APM was introduced as President and Commander in Chief MDF…..come on Brian Bowler was the inclusion of Commander in Chief really necessary?

  43. munthuson says:

    15 million people on HIV treatment?

  44. Trapence & Undule says:

    Osanenapo za Mathanyula bwanji? Mugabe sanaphyatire koma kunena za ku khosi. Kufuna kupempha ndalama mzina lothetsa Edzi pamene ndalama mumapititsa ku BEAM Trust. Za ziiiii

  45. choka peter says:

    Sizingachitike pa malawi zimenezo…. akungobwetukabwetuka

  46. Kodi ndiko kuti anthu adzaleka kucita vigololo kweni-kweni nama prostitutes?Olo Malawian govt than izafakapo lamulo lakuti any fornication without a condom ni murder or what? Aids ni matenda yamene yakhala pa cakudya cimene aliyense amadya so sungacenjele.

  47. becks says:

    So you spent all that money to make this shallow empty speech? BUSHIRI is right that he can employ YOU and your POLICE

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