Monday, October 12, 2009

Justice Minister lands to a heroe's welcome

Professor Peter Mutharika showing his Charles Nagel medal of honour to journalists at Kamuzu International Airport soon after landing on Monday. Pic by Samuel Makaka.

By Lucy Liponda

Malawi’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has arrived in Malawi to a heroes welcome in the administrative capital, Lilongwe

Tens of singing men and women, stood outside the Kamuzu International Airport VIP lounge chanting and singing songs of happiness and praise to Professor Mutharika for the honour that he has received from Washington University in St Louis, United States of America.

The South African Airways plane carrying the Malawian hero, Professor Mutharika landed at KIA at around 12:45 pm on Monday.

After descending the steps from the aeroplane, the professor got into his official vehicle before being driven to the VIP lounge where journalists from almost all media houses were waiting for a briefing for this humble son of Malawi.

There were at least 15 journalists from the country’s major media houses.

In his address to the anxious journalists, Professor Mutharika said that he was humbled by the Charles Nagel honour from the Washington University saying it was not a mean achievement.

“Like any other Malawian, I feel proud and greatly honoured for this award which will encourage me even more to write more books on Law,” he said.

Professor Mutharika then showed the journalists the medal he got from the Washington as part of the honour.

“There is no money involved in this but just an honour of recognition to the good job that I have been doing in Law,” he said.

Professor Peter Mutharika, has become the first African lawyer ever to receive this prestigious international honour from the Washington University.

The Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Professor Peter Mutharika installed on Monday, 14th September, 2009 as the Charles Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law by the Washington University in St Louis.

According to information posted by Washington University on the internet, Professor Mutharika was installed as Nagel Professor at 4:30 p.m. in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 309.

The professorship was made possible through the estate of Nagel’s law partner, Daniel Noyes Kirby, L.B. 1888, the University said.

Professor Mutharika is an expert on international economic law, international law and comparative constitutional law, according to the US University.

Professor Mutharika is the author of numerous books and articles, including his forthcoming book on international trade, “Foreign Investment Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Emerging Policy and Legal Frameworks.”

He was an International Law Fellow at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva and at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in New York-Malawi Digest.

1 comment:

  1. This is what people must call a Big fish and not those stupid killers.