Mutharika hails Mugabe after talks in New York: ‘Africa’s last man standing’

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika  held talk with  Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday at Lotte New York Palace in New York, United States and hailed the Zimbabwean leader’s rich history thta makes him the only remaining hero of African nationalism.

Malawi President Mutahrika meeting Zimbabwe’s leader Mugabe in New York. -Photo by Macneil Kalowekamo

Malawi President Mutharika presenting gift to President Mugabe, Africa’s last hero’ -Photo by Macneil Kalowekamo

According to official Malawi News Agency (Mana) report, President Mutharika said he had fruitful discussions with the Zimbabwean President specifically on issues affecting the two countries.

“We are almost one country, no conflict. We have many Malawians in Zimbabweans and Zimbabweans in Malawi. So we talked about that,” Mutharika said, according to Mana.

Mutharika described  Mugabe as “the last man standing’’, adding he learns a lot from the African icon.

“Each time I meet him, I learn so much because he gives us the perspective of where we are coming from and where we are going,” Mutharika said.

The two presidents are in New York, USA for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly which started on 19 September and will end on 25th September, 2017.

In quotes reported by The Chronicle of Zimbabwe, Mutharika said: “We spoke about about Malawi and Zimbabwe. The long history. You know President Mugabe is my brother. Zimbabwe and Malawi are almost one country. No conflict, no dispute whatsoever. Hundred percent friendship.

“I would like to come to Zimbabwe and he also wants to come to Malawi. We spoke about the continued exchange of our visits in the near future.”

Turning to his meetings with President Mugabe, he said: “I always learn so much from him. You know he has such a rich history. He is the only remaining hero of African nationalism, the struggle for independence. He is the last man standing. He has such a rich history of Africa.

“Each time I meet him I learn so much. He gives us a perspective of where we have come from. I am always excited to meet him.”

The Malawian leader has continued to disappoint the West that was hoping they would use him to strain relations between Malawi and Zimbabwe. Instead he has spoken openly about the heroism of his Zimbabwean counterpart.

After attending the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York two years go, Mutharika spoke about his country’s close relations with Zimbabwe.

“We have excellent relations with Zimbabwe. We have never had any problems … In the whole African Union I think it is clear that President 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. I think he symbolises that generation of very great African leaders,” said the Malawian leader at that time.

Malawian government has maintained strong ties with Zimbabwe.

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“. . . he gives us the perspective of where we are coming from and where we are going,” Mutharika said. I agree that ‘he gives us the perspective of where we are coming from’. Mugabe and Kamuzu had a lot in common, but, with respect Mr President, I pray with all my heart that he provides us with no perspective of where we are going.

keith banda

POLITICAL HISTORY Facts can be very elusive. Is Dr Mugabe the last African Nationalist HERO remaining? How about those still RULING IN ANC? I beg your pardon!


This is why Africa is not progressing. None of the two is presidential material.


Za mkuto za ziii sopanda mchere. This is another personal meeting between the two not worth talking about. It was all about protecting brother’s farms and property in Zimbabwe. We need substantial side meetings bwana. We need deals that will take people out of dire poverty. People are yearning to be genuinely represented at UNGA.


If Mugabe is APM’s hero, role model, heaven help Malawi and its citizens!


Mugabe has utterly destroyed Zimbabwe. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of his own people. He is a total despot and has ruled for 37 years. I suspect APM is jealous of Mugabe but he is too old already to emulate him. Ngalamayi, you are absolutely correct. Poor Malawi to have a President who admires and respects a man like Mugable. There is no hope of improvement in the lives of poor Malawians as long as Mutharika and the DPP are in power.

Kalima Kameat

kkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!! Gogo zokha zokha kugomerana umo wina akuphangira ana kuti alamulire. Ambwiye che Mugabe simunthu wamba kaye khama ndi kulamulira mpaka ku New York wosaopa kuti agwera panjira iyayi. After all he just went to sleep in the meeting when others were discussing. Tata wa Southern Rhodisia

Chilungamo Chimawawa

Praising Mugabe for what????? for destroying his country!!!!! I think both of them are the same. poor brains! Mugabe has nothing done good apart from bring misery to his people. Zimbabweans are like slaves scattered all over the world. some are even in Malawi obtaining Identity Cards as we speak.

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