News / Africa

Malawi to Install New President Mutharika Monday

FILE - A November 14, 2013 photo outside Lilongwe's High Court shows Malawi's Democratic Progressive Party President and winner of the presidential election Peter Mutharika (C), as he waves to his supporters.
FILE - A November 14, 2013 photo outside Lilongwe's High Court shows Malawi's Democratic Progressive Party President and winner of the presidential election Peter Mutharika (C), as he waves to his supporters.
Several African heads of state and government plan to participate in the official inauguration of Malawi’s newly elected president, Peter Mutharika, at the Kamuzu Banda stadium in the country’s commercial capital, Blantyre, on Monday.

Mutharika becomes the country’s fourth president since the country gained independence from former colonial power Britain.  A former foreign minister under elder brother and late president Bingu Wa Mutharika’s administration, Mutharika was elected president following a highly contested presidential vote defeating two opponent’s including former president Joyce Banda.

Nicholas Dausi, a spokesman for the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) says, “There would be a military parade followed by the handing over of the sword of honor, and then finally there shall be traditional dances, people celebrating that finally Malawi has a new president in the name of His Excellency President Professor Peter Mutharika who will inspect a presidential guard of honor."

Mutharika promised a Cabinet of technocrats during his campaign for last month’s tripartite elections.  Dausi says the newly elected leader will announce members of his Cabinet this week after the inauguration.

“I hope and believe that indeed it will be a Cabinet of technocrats,” said Dausi.  “We want to move away from a period of mediocrity to a period of meritocracy, and that would soon be announced soon after the inauguration.”

Mutharika and former colleague ministers still face treason charges after they were accused of plotting a constitutional coup by trying to prevent then vice president Joyce Banda from being installed as president following the sudden death of Bingu Wa Mutharika.  But Dausi says he hopes the charges will die a natural death.

“That was political persecution of the highest order, and I hope the treason case falls away automatically that the court will rule to discontinue the case, and I hope there would be reparations for the persecution that we have endured,” said Dausi.  “We hope that it will close that chapter where there was quite an orchestrated and concerted effort to erase the DPP by arresting, [and] threatening members of DPP through flimsy charges.”

Some analysts have expressed concern the newly elected leader could go after his political opponents including former president Banda.

But the DPP spokesman says it is unlikely the newly elected leader will persecute his opponents after he promised to unite the country to build a better nation.

“The president has also said he is not going to be vengeful, no retribution,” said Dausi.  “We want all Malawi people regardless of diversity of opinions regardless of political parties we must come together as a people, as a nation to develop the country.”

“There shall be no dismissal civil servants or government officials on the point of political affiliation,” said Dausi.
Clottey interview with Nicholas Dausi, Malawi opposition DPP spokesman
Clottey interview with Nicholas Dausi, Malawi opposition DPP spokesmani
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Asian Stocks Plunge on Weak Factory Activity

Official survey finds China’s manufacturing sector contracted at its fastest pace in three years More

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

Park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation, crops stretching as far as eye can see, and is start of ambitious large-scale agriculture plan More

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Areas are spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, source of livelihood for fishermen and herders who have called the marshes home for generations More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: salome w peter from: kenya
June 02, 2014 1:01 AM
Congratulation President Mutharika,i wish you all the best in your field and may the peopple you are about to lead banefit from your service.Seek the positive interest of your peopple for the betterment of the countries development.Depend on God in all your plans for without Him you can do nothing.

by: Bilal muhammed
June 01, 2014 6:58 PM
News v.good

by: Shane
June 01, 2014 4:13 PM
Democracy in the country is still immature and they have a long way to go.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs