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Malawi's President Joyce Banda sacks rival

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by BabuK, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    Malawi's new leader Joyce Banda has sacked her foreign minister, Peter Mutharika, the brother of the late president who recently died in office.

    He had been anointed as heir-apparent for the 2014 elections when Bingu wa Mutharika was due to retire.
    The dramatic cabinet reshuffle comes days after the burial of the former president at his farm on Monday.
    Ms Banda had been vice-president since 2009 but later fell out with the president and became a fierce critic.
    She was forced to resign from his Democratic Progressive Party in 2010 when she refused to endorse his choice of Peter Mutharika to succeed him.
    In the wake of Mr Mutharika's death on 5 April, there had been concerns that allies of the foreign minister would try to stop the constitutional transfer of power to Mrs Banda, who had set up her own political party.
    Critics make cabinetThe BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre says other Mutharika loyalists were fired, but President Banda also made some surprise appointments, announced at a press conference on Thursday evening.
    The son of former President Bakili Muluzi, Austin Atupele Muluzi, enters cabinet as the economic planning and development minister.
    A presidential hopeful from his father's former ruling United Democratic Front, he was drawing big crowds at opposition rallies this year and was arrested for inciting violence after political unrest in Lilongwe.
    Lawyer and activist Ralph Kasambara, who was also detained by police recently - after making comments about Mr Mutharika's dictatorial tendencies - has also been given a cabinet position.
    He becomes justice minister and attorney general - a post he held when Mr Mutharika first came to power in 2004.
    Bingu wa Mutharika, who died after a cardiac arrest, governed Malawi for eight years, but was recently accused of mismanaging the economy and becoming increasingly autocratic.

    Joyce Banda, who has made history becoming Malawi's first female president and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa, has a track record of fighting for women's rights.
    She took power over the weekend following the death of 78-year-old President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office after heading up the southern Africa country since 2004.
    Mr Mutharika's decision to appoint her as his running mate for the 2009 elections surprised many in Malawi's mainly conservative, male-dominated society - which had never before had a female vice-president.

    She will never be president, how can a mandasi [fritter] seller be president?"
    Callista MutharikaMalawi's former first lady
    Equally surprising was her decision to publicly stand up to her boss - by refusing to endorse his plans for his brother, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mutharika, to succeed him as president in 2014 when he was due to retire.
    She was promptly thrown out of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party - and subjected to daily doses of derision at public rallies and on Malawi's state airwaves.
    A senior ruling party official openly said Malawi was "not ready for a female president", while First Lady Callista Mutharika said Mrs Banda was fooling herself that she was a serious politician - saying she was a mere market woman selling fritters.
    "She will never be president, how can a mandasi [fritter] seller be president?" Mrs Mutharika said.
    [​IMG]Joyce Banda fell out with the late President Bingu wa Mutharika
    Mrs Banda took all this in her stride, saying she was glad to be identified with market women since more than 80% of Malawian women belong to that category: "Yes, she's right, I'm indeed a mandasi seller and I'm proud of it because the majority of women in Malawi are like us, mandasi sellers."
    She also resisted calls for her to resign as the country's vice-president - she was elected not appointed so she could not be fired by Mr Mutharika - and instead set up her own People's Party.
    Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages... because they are not empowered economically, they depend on their husband"Joyce Banda
    Born in 1950 in the village of Malemia near the southern town of Zomba, Joyce Hilda Ntila was the eldest in a family of five children.
    Her father was the leader of Malawi's police brass band and her youngest sister, Anjimile, ran pop star Madonna's charity Raising Malawi until it closed in December.
    She left her first husband in 1981, taking her three children with her, because he was abusive.
    "Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages. They say endurance means a good wife but most women endure abusive relationship because they are not empowered economically, they depend on their husbands," she told the BBC about her decision.
    Eight years later, Mrs Banda founded the National Association of Business Women, a group that lends start-up cash to small-scale traders - making her popular among Malawi's many rural poor.
    That work also earned her international recognition - in 1997, she was awarded, along with former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano, the US-based Hunger Project's Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger.
    She also set up the Joyce Banda Foundation, a charity that assists Malawian children and orphans through education - she has a degree in early childhood education.
    SackingsJoyce Banda cut her teeth in politics in 1999 when she won a parliamentary seat on the ticket of the former ruling United Democratic Front.
    She held a number of cabinet positions under former President Bakili Muluzi and Mr Mutharika during his first term.
    Who is Joyce Banda?

    • 1950: Born
    • 1981: Left her abusive husband
    • 2009: Elected vice-president
    • 2011: Fell out with President Bingu wa Mutharika but he failed to have her removed from her post
    • 2012: Sworn in as president after Mr Mutharika's death
    • Southern Africa's first female head of state
    • Has large charity to help educate and empower women
    • Her father was a well-known musician; her sister was hired to work in pop star Madonna's school

    She puts her achievements down to her happy marriage to retired Chief Justice Richard Banda with whom she has two children.
    "My dear husband, Richard, has been the driving force behind my success and rise to whatever level I am now. My story and legacy is incomplete without his mention," she said.
    Mrs Banda's presidential challenges are huge: Aside from handling political divisions and possible opposition from Mr Mutharika's allies, she has to address Malawi's serious economic difficulties.
    It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.
    And former President Mutharika fell out with most of Western donors - on which the country depends for financial support.
    The cutting off of direct aid resulted in the country's worst shortages of foreign currency, fuel and essential drugs.
    But she has immediately made her mark - sacking Malawi's police chief Peter Mukhito, accused of mishandling anti-government riots last year in which at least 19 people were shot dead, and Patricia Kaliati as information minister.
    In the wake of Mr Mutharika's death, Ms Kaliati had held a press conference saying Mrs Banda had no right to take over as president - despite what the constitution said.
    The head of Malawi's state broadcaster has also been replaced.

  2. Saint Ivuga

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    [h=1]Rais Banda amtimua waziri[/h]
    27 Aprili, 2012 - Saa 15:33 GMT

    [​IMG]Rais Joyce Banda

    Kiongozi mpya wa Malawi Joyce Banda amemtimua Waziri wake wa mashauri ya kigeni, Peter Mutharika, nduguye Rais aliyefariki akiwa afisini.
    Bw.Peter Mutharika alitazamiwa kama mrithi wa marehemu kakake katika uchaguzi wa mwaka 2014 wakati ikitazamiwa kua Rais aliyetoweka angestaafu.

    Mabadiliko haya ya baraza la mawaziri linatokea siku chache baada ya mazishi ya aliyekua Rais.
    Bibi Banda alikua ni makamu wa Rais kuanzia mwaka 2009 lakini baadaye akakosana na Rais na kujitokeza kua mkosoaji wake mkali.
    Bi Joyce Banda alilazimika kujiuzulu kutoka chama cha Democratic Progressive mwaka 2010 alipokaidi amri ya kumkubali Peter Mutharika awe mrithi wa rais.
    Kufuatia kifo cha Bw Mutharika tareh Aprili, kulikuepo na tetesi kua washirika wa waziri wa mashauri ya kigeni wangejaribu kuzuia mkondo wa katiba wa kumkabidhi madaraka Bi Banda,ambaye tangu hapo alikua ameisha unda chama chake.
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    Huyu mama ni jembe sana..amefyeka makando kando yote y mutharika hadi mabalozi!!!!!!un short atawatoa wamalawi walipokuwa wamestuck..
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    Mtakatifu upo mkuu
    Umepotea sana aise
    Karibu sana
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    Kwani ule mtindo wa kuchukua mchezaji kwa mkopo hauwezi kuazimwa kwenye mambo ya kisiasa pia ili ikiwezekana Tanzania kama nchi imsajili huyu Bi Joyce Banda kwa mkopo aje asafishe huu uchafu uliojaa kwenye serikali yetu na je azibe hili ombwe la uongozi linalotukabili?
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    Angekua KJ (Kubwa Jinga), angeomba kwanza ushauri kutoka cc ya Nepi...