REAL DEMOCRACY IN MALAWI?


Bingu wa Mutharika

Malawi's former president

The death of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika two weeks ago, due to a heart attack he has served to reopen his history. How this man went from being the dearest man of Malawi to be labeled as autocratic and corrupt?

Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, British Ambassador to Malawi, warned through a telegram to the London embassy about the President of the African country, Bingu wa Mutharika was taking some intolerant and autocrat ways against criticism of his management. Fergus Cochrane was expulsed of Malawi when the information of this telegram was published in 2009 in a local newspaper of Malawi The Nation. This fact caused the diplomatic break between United Kingdom and the cited country. But the Fergus words was confirmed one month ago when the Mutharika’s government banned to the mass media to speak in a derogatory way and they also controlled the social networks to avoid hostile comments against  Malawi’s president. After these measures, the civil groups said that Mutharika looked like Hastings Kamuzu Banda, a dictator who ruled in Malawi during 30 years.

This was not the first time that the Mutharika’s facts were published. In 2009 Wikileaks published a conversation of Peter W. Bodde, EE UU’S Ambassador in Malawi in which he doubted the relation of the Malawi’s president with the democracy. After this, Mutharika said that all journalists were enemies of him and the foreign entrepreneurs were neo-colonialists.

Bingu Wa Mutharika born in Thyolo ago 78 years. But he did as Ryson Webster Thom. He study in Zambia, India and United States, where earned a doctorate in economics, these studies that led him to work at the World Bank.

In 2004 he was made the ruler of Malawi’s government. In its first legislature implemented the economic skills with those presented in the field. A task that’s in one of the world’s poorest countries. While functional agriculture and the crops were good, with the tobacco as a flag, the country’s growth increased the popularity of Mutharika.

When the land stopped answering and they raised the prices of the food, his management started declining. The crisis finished with the patience of the citizens, who in the summer of 2011 went out to the street to show his anger. The response of the government caused a score of dead. The latter act sank completely the image of reformist and democrat. A few months later it expired in South Africa, to where it was moved in plane after suffering a heart attack.

At April 6 he was declared dead. A man witch history went from the most beloved to the most hated in a small period of time.

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