Monday, April 9, 2012

Bravo Malawi

For the first time in Malawi history, and only the third time in African history, a female is now serving as President. Joyce Banda, who was kicked out of the President's political party when Bingu decided he would rather have his brother in charge after him, is now President following the sudden death of the President. There were several days of political debating from the President's party to see if they could stop her succession, but the Constitution was clear, and, ultimately, the VP was sworn in. This is a huge step for Women's empowerment (I'm pretty sure my blog entry on Women's rights is what did it) as well as democracy. I'm very proud of Malawi today.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika Dies

The president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, died yesterday of a massive heart attack. The comments that people have left about the article below give good insight into the sentiments of the people here.
Streets are quiet today as most Malawians are home for the holiday weekend. Most seem anxious for what is to come, hopeful after what has ended, but lack faith in their political system. It feels very much like I am an onlooker, watching the shift of an entire nation that is not my own. Hopefully, Malawi can transition to a new leadership peacefully.

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika dies – exclusive » Comment Page 38 | Malawi news, Malawi - NyasaTimes breaking online news source from Malawi