His Excellency, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, 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.