Mutharika says Malawi needs ‘mindset change’ to support economic transformation

President Peter Mutharika has called for “mindset change” amongst Malawians to support economic transformation.

Mutharika with Mzuni vice chancellor

Mutharika with Mzuni vice chancellor

Mzuni graduation congregation

Mzuni graduation congregation

Mutharika was speaking when he president over a graduation of Mzuzu University (Mzuni)  congregation where over 800 graduated with degrees in various fields of study.

Among the graduands were 589 males and 243 females with about 30 awarded master’s degrees, one a doctor of philosophy (PhD) and two, including poet and producer Qabaniso Malewezi aka Q Malewezi, and honorary doctorate degrees.

Mutharika, who is also chancellor of Mzuni, advised graduating students to look forward and define their personal vision and path to the destiny of the country.

“We need character development because Malawi needs serious mindset change if we are to develop,” said the President.

“We need skills development because we need to create more jobs. Above all, we need mindset change to support this economic transformation. We need a common spirit and character for pursuing our national destiny,” he added.

The Malawi leaders said “the national pursuits must be within the common spirit of patriotism, with the common character of integrity, and a common culture of hard work.

“Without patriotism, we have no country. We have no common home. We have nothing! Without our love for one Malawi, as a people of a common destiny, we cannot develop because we spend more time plundering Malawi and quarrelling.”

He also called on Malawians to be hardworking people, saying success is not possible without being a hardworking people.

“Success is not a miracle. Success is not talent. Success is a product of nothing but hard work,” said Mutharika.

Earlier, a High Court ordered Mzuni to award degrees to 10 self-sponsored students initially excluded by the university from the list of awardees.

Blantyre-based visiting High Court judge Healy Potani issued the order in Mzuzu on Thursday for Mzuni to include the 10 barred on the basis that they paid fees later than their colleagues.

Mzuni had earlier tried to bar the students from taking examinations because they paid their fees late. The students obtained an injunction to stop Mzuni’s decision. After the results were out, the school also clang to their results and it took a legal battle to have the university release the results.

The institution then resorted to excluding the students from the list of graduates to be awarded degrees despite that they sat and passed their examinations but also paid fees.

Lawyer representing the students, Leonard Mbulo, said it was surprising that the university barred the students from graduating when they met all requirements.


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What mindset change are mumering about? wat do you know about Malawi and Malawians?


APM is advising people to “change mind-set” and “stop quarreling”? Why was it only him who skipped to acknowledge the presence of KK as former VP? While all who spoke before him acknowledged the presence of KK and JM as former VPs, APM only acknowledged the presence of JM and not KK. Is this not vendetta? Can a country develop like this? If APM died, Malawi would resurrect, otherwise those who voted for APM had nailed Malawi into a coffin and the country is sleeping in it. Stupid APM and his fellow Lomwes.

George Kamanga
APM you are a professor of jokes. Rigging presidential election is what you call ” mindset change, patriotism, integrity & spirit of hard work??? APM you will not go free with the calamities innocent souls are facing in this land because of your greedy for power. Remember during the evil days of your brother leadership. Four people died at the KCH IUC & at the same IUC is where you late brother failed to come back to life after all the efforts of the best doctors worked to revive him. There we saw your brother rotting as a dead dog… Read more »
johntembo Kuffor

Can Malawi change with people like the Director of Buildings in place?kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

More platitudes and fine words from APM. If anyone needs to change their mind set it is APM himself. He is a dinosaur living in the past trying to emulate Kamuzu Banda. He needs to show the way before he begins lecturing his fellow countrymen. Where is APM’s patriotism and love of Malawi? He loves himself first, last and all the way between! He is a total hypocrite who must first put his own house in order. Until he changes his own mind set no one will pay attention to anything he says. He needs to walk the talk or… Read more »

Change of leadership is what Malawians need.


This clueless clown of the president should stop lecturing us about mindset.Why did he lose all the teeth in diaspora and come stealing to us in old age.Is he a patriot himself?He has found an easy fortune in old age.Patriotism patriotism yachaninso apa?


Plz write properly. Mzuni is a university not school.

APM expects everyone else to have a mindset change, but not him. He is happy to do things the Kamuzu Banda way – including going about in a 20 vehicle strong convoy. If as first citizen he is still stuck in the 1970’s, how does he expect the people he is ‘leading’ to change their mindset to 21st Century thinking? APM is the weakest link in Malawi at the moment – and there are strong indications that this will continue to be the case up to 2019 (or even 2024 if my fellow southerners who seem to love him so… Read more »

Mr president its more than mind set first do as follows for Malawi to move forward:

1- you stop being corrupt yourself and your party thieves

2- Move fast and prosecute all dpp thieves who including you are even ministers

3 – security should be a MYST otherwise you cannot move as a country

4 – Energy independent. As it is now which investor can come to Malawi? Only fellow thieves Indians with small small shops that don’t need electricity but candles.

Mwamva inu a clueless president?

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