Friday, July 24, 2009

Ngwazi lands Thursday

His Excellency the State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika
By Emmanuel Sobilika

Malawi President His Excellency Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika arrives home next Thursday after nearly two weeks out of the country, Malawi Digest understands.

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, left Malawi on Monday 13th July for Shalma El Sheikh, Egypt when he was attending, heads of state summit for members of the Non-Aligned Movement.

According to statement from the State House, official residence for the State President, Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika is expected to arrive at Chileka International Airport in Malawi’s commercial city Blantyre on Thursday, 30th July, 2009 at around 11:00am.

This is the first foreign trip undertaken by His Excellency Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika after winning with a land slide victory, the May 19th Presidential polls.

His ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also got an overwhelming number of Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.

In the May 19th General Elections, Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika outclassed, the opposition MCP/UDF Alliance presidential candidate John Tembo by nearly 3 million votes against 1.5 million.

This was the first time in Malawi’s history that a Presidential candidate had polled nearly 3 million votes in one election.

The overwhelming Presidential and Parliamentary result by Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika and the DPP sent shock waves on the country’s opposition including former president Bakili Muluzi who had no option but forced to accept defeat and congratulated Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika almost immediately.

However, defeated Malawi Congress Party president John Tembo also well known in Malawi as Puludzu did not accept and concede but took the matter to court claiming his vote was stolen.
Last week, the High Court in Lilongwe threw out of the window Tembo’s claims saying he had no tangle evidence to prove his case.

This was probably Tembo’s last chance to contest in an election in Malawi as age is catching up with him and he has tried the presidency enough times to hand over the mantle to others.

Many Malawians believe John Tembo was behind the killings and murder of thousands upon thousands of people during the single party autocratic rule under late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Former president Bakili Muluzi during his 10 years in power told Malawians that he had overwhelming evidence that John Tembo killed former cabinet ministers and one MP in the late Gadama, Matenje, Sangala and Chiwanga – Malawi Digest.

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