EU calls for peaceful Malawi transition

2012-04-07 17:45

Brussels - The EU on Saturday joined international calls for calm and a peaceful transfer of power in Malawi after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika.

In a joint statement on behalf of the EU, European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said they wished to convey their "deepest condolences to Vice-President Joyce Banda and the people of Malawi for the sudden passing of President Bingu wa Mutharika".

"On this sad day, our thoughts are with the people of Malawi and the family of the president as they mourn their loss," it said, adding that Mutharika "will be remembered as a champion of food security in Africa and for his success in achieving national food security in Malawi".

"Malawi has in the past 20 years become an example of democracy with its peaceful transitions of power and respect for the constitution and the outcome of elections. We express our hope that this tradition will be respected and that there will be a calm and peaceful transition of power in full respect of the provisions of the constitution," it added.

The official announcement of Mutharika's death ended two days of political intrigue following his fatal heart attack on Thursday, as his inner circle scrambled for ways to exclude Banda, who has been expelled by the ruling party.

But Saturday's official statement said: "The constitution of the Republic of Malawi shall be strictly adhered to in managing the transition."

  • Irene - 2012-04-07 19:20

    Now hopefully the EU and the West will stop all aid. The country has a 'capable' leader so let her get on with it and let the 'evil' West keep their aid and money and use it on their own people.

  • fitzpatrick.taurai - 2012-04-07 19:24

    Who the hell does EU think they are asking for a peaceful transition!? Stay away western countries! Worry about solving your own Debt crisis and leave AU or other African states to deal with their issues!

      Sam - 2012-04-07 19:41

      but truly speaking since EU makes that call first where is AU & sadec,what went wrong in africa , are these old men to be entrusted in our continent or they are holding these positions to enrich themselves and their families. this scenario comes to my mind that whenever I go to Sandton I see lot of African bros &sisters having nice life whereas we see poverty wher they come from, I dont say blacks in africa must be poor by it gives me a question about their lifestyle when I see them in Sandton, how come they visit such expensive cities , are their relatives are stealing from the poor and send them to sandton whereas the majority is poor, they even own properties in Bryanston the upmarket surbabs, truly speaking whenever I see an African from outside SA visiting Sandton I don’t respect him/her when knowing very well where s/he comes from is poor

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