Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi
Arthur Peter Mutharika (born 18 July 1940) is a Malawian politician, educator and lawyer who has been President of Malawi since 31 May 2014. Mutharika has worked globally in the field of international justice. He is an expert on international economic law, international law and comparative constitutional law. He informally served as an adviser to his older brother, President Bingu wa Mutharika, on issues of foreign and domestic policy from the onset of his election campaign until the President’s death on 5 April 2012.
He has also held positions as Minister of Justice and later as Minister for Education, Science and Technology. Mutharika also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012. He was charged to help bridge relations between Malawi and the United Kingdom due to the deterioration of public diplomacy between the two nations after the Cochrane-Dyet controversy. Standing as the candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Peter Mutharika was elected as President of Malawi in the 2014 election.
Bingu wa Mutharika, Former President of Malawi (Died on Apr 7, 2012. Vice President Joyce Banda becomes next President)
His Excellency, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika comes from Kamoto Village in Thyolo, southern Malawi. He officially became the President of the Republic of Malawi on May 24, 2004.
He holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, USA. He also has a Masters Degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi, India.A distinguished former diplomat, Dr. Mutharika worked, from 1990 – 1997, as Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) formerly Preferential Trade Area (PTA).
As an authority on regional institution building, Dr. Mutharika spearheaded the establishment of several regional economic organizations such as the Association of African Central Banks (AACB), Conference of African Ministers of Finance, African Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AFCCI), and Eastern and Southern Africa Business Organisation (ESABO).
Before becoming Secretary General of COMESA, President Mutharika worked for the United Nations where he rose to the position of Director for Trade and Development Finance, responsible for 53 African countries.
His political history dates back to the early days of Malawi’s Independence. He was one of the people who opposed the authoritarian rule of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Malawi’s first Head of State. He also opposed the introduction, by the Banda administration, of racial discrimination and salary differentiation based on race in the civil service. This inevitably forced him to flee the country for Zambia.
Dr. Mutharika is married to Ethel, daughter of a medical assistant, Dunnet Disi of Disi Village in the area of chief Kuntumaji in Zomba. He has four children.
He is a devout catholic. His hobbies include playing golf, tennis, swimming, photography, writing books, fishing and listening to soft music.