Mutharika rejects Malawi ‘failed state’:  Newspaper argues ‘if not failed State, what is?’

Malawian President Peter Mutharika  has denied that his country is a failed state, saying there are all signs that the country is becoming a prosperous nation.

Mutharika argues that a failed state cannot buold a beautiful university like MUST in Thyolo

Mutharika argues that a failed state cannot buold a beautiful university like MUST in Thyolo

President Mutharika having a handshake with hid deputy, Saulos Chilima

President Mutharika having a handshake with hid deputy, Saulos Chilima

President Mutharika, First Lady and Vice President Chilima at MUST

President Mutharika, First Lady and Vice President Chilima at MUST

He rejected opposition and critics assertions that  all systems are not functioning with the economic turmoil, corruption and epileptic electicity supply.

Mutharika said  it is absolutely false to label Malawi a failed state, arguing that many things are on the right course.

Speaking on Thursday in Thyolo after being inaugurated chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Mutharika said a failed state cannot establish institutions of higher learning like MUST.

“Malawi is not a failed state as some opposition parties and commentators want people to believe,” said Mutharika.

“Malawi is becoming a great nation,” he said.

He called on Malawians to be more innovative saying the country needs people with a scientific mind to become a great nation of achievers.

Mutharika urged Malawians to start believing in themselves,  “thinking big” and “act decisively” to make Malawi great again.

The Head of State called on Malawians  to do more in advancing technology and innovation.

“Science and technology used to be part of us before colonisation,” he said.

“We used to be more creative in making resources that helped in our day to day lives. Let’s embrace the spirit of self-independence. We must be producers and exporters of technology and not consumers and importer of other people’s technology,” said Mutharika.

Meanwhile, Malawi flagship daily newspaper, Times has begged to differ with President Mutharika that Malawi is not a failed state, saying as a matter of fact “it is” as the country enjoys more than 20 hours of blackout everyday forcing some investments to close down.

In its editorial comment, the paper argues: “ What is not a failed state when some public universities remain closed  and students are helpless as if there is no President in the country?”

It adds: “What is not a failed state when unemployment rate is very high. What is not a failed state when hospitals, prisons have no resources?”

The paper further argued that DPP government is giving amnesty to corrupt gangsters in the corridors of power from prosecution on corruption charges from obvious cases.

“The current state Malawi is in is that of hopelessness. It is a country that is moving like goats without a shephered. The President is not seen to rise above the norm and provide solutions to the crisis.”

It also backed claims by critics that President Mutharika is just good at paying lip service.

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mr president tell your minister of education and healthy to pay civil servants in thyolo,Mulanje chiradzulu,phalombe.dont you know that you are messing up with your relactant spirit in you.what kind of president are you.our economy is going down because of cheap propaganda from you.fix electricity back.your very lazy president we ever had before

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I choose to agree that this is a failed state. The argument of the MUST college is NOT VALID because the college was closed a month ago due to water problem. Then, what’s the essence of having a good university and fail to manage it? As if that is not enough, we still have MZUNI, Poly that are still closed on financial and managerial grounds. Plenty are the evidences that allude to this state as a failed one. So, what can stop us from drawing conclusions?

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It is actually the usual MCP-owned newspaper that views Malawi as failed state. They deliberately want to mislead people on the definition of failed state. Luckily Malawians know why we are struggling economically or otherwise-but still we can not describe ourselves a failed state. What a shame to the Daily Times!

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I think we shud introduce a school for schooling presidents, zokuti we are ruled by a proff…..amadziwa ndi anthu amayiko ena….


‘signs that the cojntry is becoming a prosperous nation’

Prosperous? It’s all relative but prosperous?


A prime example of failed state. You vividly well but you don’t want to admit. Failed state because of its failed leader.
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