Thursday, October 29, 2009

President Dr Mutharika off to South Africa

By Our Reporter

State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika said Thursday that Malawi has experienced a lot of changes in various spheres of development since he took over the reigns of power in 2004.

The State President said this at Chileka International Airport in the commercial city, Blantyre on departure for South Africa where he is to receive the “2009 Drivers of change”award from the Southern Africa Trust in recognition of the many changes he has brought to Malawi since coming to power.

The State President observed that the recognition foreign organizations were showing to him are mainly meant to benefit all Malawians since they are complementary to his successes socially, economically and politically.

Ngwazi Dr Mutharika said he had always emphasised that Malawi has never been a poor country but the people have remained poor due to various factors which, he said, he was working to reverse the situation for the betterment of the nation.

“Since I took over in 2004, I have changed many things. I have changed what we thought about ourselves that Malawi is a poor country. I have changed people to work hard. We are now able to feed ourselves because Malawians are now working hard,” he observed.

In addition, he said, the country has remained without a political prisoner since 2004. He described this as a tremendous change in the mindset of many Malawians who were used to see people in prison due to political differences.

“Many people have insulted me, but I haven’t arrested anybody, and that is the change we are talking about. We are not arresting people simply because we have differences and that is change,” he said.

This will be Dr Mutharika’s second award within a month after receiving another honour in the United States of America from the Miami based, Foundation for Democracy in Africa-Malawi Digest.

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