Malawi: Zuma seeks peaceful transition

2012-04-07 16:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma sent his condolences to the people of Malawi on Saturday following the confirmation of the death of their president Bingu wa Mutharika.

"As the government and the people of South Africa, we reach out in our thoughts and prayers to the people of Malawi during this difficult time of mourning the death of President Mutharika," Zuma said.

He also called on the people of Malawi to remain calm.

"We are confident that Malawi's democratic institutions will ensure a peaceful and orderly transition," he said.

Malawi's government on Saturday confirmed the president's death at age 78 from a heart attack after two days of denial or silence.


The DA said Mutharika would be remembered for bringing development to his country.

"The president will be remembered for his guiding role in bringing economic growth and development to Malawi, for his leadership in the African Union, and for his commitment to a prosperous future for Africa," DA leader Helen Zille's chief of staff Geordin Hill-Lewis said in a statement.

"His ethos and vision for the continent are best summed up in his own call for "Africa to develop Africa".

Malawian officials told AFP that wa Mutharika suffered a heart attack at State House at 11:15 am Thursday, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a military hospital in South Africa the same day.

Under the Malawi constitution, Vice President Joyce Banda is next in line for the presidency.

"We wish the Acting President, Joyce Banda, all of the best in her difficult task of leading Malawi in the interim period until democratic elections can be held," said Hill-Lewis.

  • Pule - 2012-04-07 17:03

    DA should focus on winning next elections.Lindiwe Mazibuko fluent in english but no Political Ideas.

      Irene - 2012-04-07 18:30

      Leonardb ~ All hell will break loose but I seriously doubt it will happen. The IEC is not independent and sings the anc's tune.

      Pule - 2012-04-07 18:44

      I do agree with u Irene,No fair elections in the remoted village,Anc always campaign at the voting station.

      Kevin - 2012-04-07 19:10

      Pule you are a fool read, think then write, dont simply display your stupid predjudices. If I were the DA leader I would be embarassed by the statement. Firstly there is no real economic development in Malawi, 1 of my sons owns and with the help 1 of my other runs a business in Malawi. The younger one has left returning to South Africa along with his girlfriend because life in Malawi, with fuel shortages, electricity blackouts, a shortage of goods in the shops and a currency that has halved on the black market is too difficult. That is Mutharikas legacy. Also Joyce Banda is not "acting" president, she IS the President until the next election in 2014.

      smakuwa - 2012-04-07 20:28

      you are black stupid person whites are using you they just deploy you in locals did they give you something concrete DA it will never rule the country may be PAC

      Pule - 2012-04-07 21:10

      Smakuwa atleast you're fast learner,Irene jst taught u hw 2 spell stupid.Keep it up man

      Pule - 2012-04-07 21:28

      Smakuwa,keep on voting for the Anc,u'll die young n poor.Mantashe is holdin 2 positions,Thandi Modise,two positions.What does it denote 2 u,double salaries.But u concern about inequality and rate of unemployment.Vote 4 it my bra it's your choice.Kill yourself by your own votes.

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-07 17:23

    He will not rest in peace he will make fire in hell, Thank God the Malawi, people are free at last from him.

  • Hermann - 2012-04-07 17:35

    What else can he do?

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