Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ngwazi Dr Mutharika hails Dr Kamuzu Banda

The University of Malawi's Chancellor His Excellency Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika. Pic by Malawi Digest.

By Lucy Liponda

Incumbent Malawi President and Chancellor of the University of Malawi His Excellency Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika has paid tribute to Malawi’s first Head of State, the late Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda for the important role he played in the area of education.

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika was speaking at the first congregation for the 2009 graduating students in the University of Malawi held at the Malawi College of Medicine campus in the commercial city Blantyre on Wednesday.

This was the first time in recent years that a graduation ceremony for University of Malawi students has been conducted in an outside arena and away from the University’s of Malawi’s Great Hall at Chancellor College in the former colonial capital of Zomba.

Speaking to the congregation before the leading the University of Malawi in the graduation ceremony, the Chancellor of the University acknowledged and paid tribute to the late Banda for the role he played in raising the country’s education standards.

Ngwazi Dr Mutharika said that Dr Banda’s role in education cannot be undermined in anyway.

“Sometimes there are stories that we don’t say and there are songs that we don’t sing. Let us say and sing whenever it is necessary,” said the State President.

Dr Mutharika praised the late Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda for what he did for the people of Malawi in the area of education.

“Although Dr Banda was a medical doctor, he was such a visionary leader basing on his establishments in the institutions of higher learning,” said the President.

Ngwazi Dr Mutharika condemned people who were trying to run away from the truth on what Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda did for Malawi in the area of education.

“It takes an evil mind not to recognise what the first Chancellor, the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda did for the people of this country,” he said.

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, mentioned the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, the Polytechnic, Chancellor College, Bunda College of Agriculture, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Natural Resources College, the Staff Development Institute (formerly Mpemba Staff Training College) and the Kamuzu Academy as some of the establishments by the late Dr Kamuzu Banda.

“As a scholar myself, I take pride and recognise what the late Dr Banda did on Malawi’s education especially in the institutions of higher learning,” he said.

During the 10 year rule under the United Democratic Front leadership of former president Bakili Muluzi, the State President refused to recognise the fact that Malawi's first Head of State the late Dr Kamuzu Banda did alot of developments in this country.

Muluzi described the late Banda as a dictator who had no chance in Malawi's history books.

Infact, Muluzi removed all Kamuzu names attached to any developments and projects under taken by Kamuzu Banda during his time in power.

The removed names have since been reversed by the incumbent Malawi President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika.

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika who called his graduation speech at the College of Medicine complex, The University As Centre Of Excellence For The Development Of Science And Technology, appealed to Malawians especially institutions of higher learning to do more on research in order to have Malawi advanced in the areas of science and technology.

“It’s now time for the University to reposition itself and be able to adapt modern ways of science and technology,” said the President.

During the ceremony, the President also took time to thank Malawians for the May 19th landslide victory that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party achieved.

The President was making these comments in response to remarks made by the University of Malawi Council chairperson Professor Benson Kandowole, who on behalf of the entire University of Malawi offered heart felt congratulations to the State President following the ruling DPP landslide victory in May.

In his remarks, the University of Malawi’s Vice Chancellor Professor Zimani Kadzamira thanked Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika for listening and addressing the needs of the University.

He said unlike in the past when the government was not listening at all, that was no longer the case with the Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

According to Professor Kadzamira, this year the University is expected to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1660 students out of which 33 percent are women.

Of the 1660, 106 are graduating with Masters Degrees and 6 of them with PhDs.

Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika attended the first congregation of the graduation and the second one is expected to take place in two weeks time-Malawi Digest.


  1. It takes a man of intergrity to recognise the good things that one did.Really Kamuzu is worth to be hailed for having vision in education standards.If you look at education standards today they are picking up as was Dr Banda,Bingu may you continue forgetting how predecessor retaliated education standards.

  2. As a recent graduate myself, I would like to congratulate Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika on his visionary leadership. during our days, it took me 7 years to graduate because of too many closures. Muluzi ruined our education system to the point that we lost hope. HOwever, the coming of Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika has restored hope to our education. Thank you Dr. Bingu

  3. Although I don't like Kamuzu Banda because he was a killer, I think it is fair to accept that during his reign, we had high standard of education. It is also fair for Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika to recognize that. Had Mutharika come after Kamuzu, things would have been so advanced by now. Unfortunately, we allowed the uneducated Muluzi to rule us and he plundered everything. What a shame.

  4. When people say Muluzi is uneducated people forget to back this information with facts. Muluzi is a JC drop out and went into Malawi Young Pioneers where he graduated with a certificate in capentry.

    Later the same MYP sent him to Haddersfield where he came back with a Diploma in the same capentry.

    Tchair makaniko wa ndale school imeneyi? Ha ha ha!

  5. You dont need someone to be highly educated by that i mean degree,masters,doctorate to be succesful or to be a great needs wisdom, intergrity and vision.End of story

  6. HKB had indeed a vision! I was honoured when I was one of the people that carried his coffin from Dove Chapel on his last journey.Likewise Bingu has such a vision!Malawi can only go places with such visionaries at the HELM!

  7. indeed dont accept uneducated people to run the country with capentry certificate. Bingu is doing good we proud of you and also for reminding people what HKB did for our beautiful country.