Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dr Mutharika says no 7 Years, no Third Term

Dr Mutharika has said it today that No Third Term for him or the alleged speculated 7 years term. Pic exclusively by Malawi Digest.

By Emmanuel Sobilika

MATTER PUT TO REST: Malawi State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika has dismissed talk that he is going to seek another term of office.

President Mutharika was speaking Wednesday morning at the New State House in the administrative capital, Lilongwe.

Featuring in the weekly radio and television programme, Kucheza Ndi a Malawi, Ngwazi Dr Mutharika said that he was disappointed that there were reports suggesting that he was making efforts to change the Malawi Constitution to allow himself stay in power longer than expected.

He said these reports are totally false, incorrect and that they must be treated with a pinch of salt.

“I have always said and I want to repeat it again today that there will be no third term for me or changing the presidential terms to 7 years from the present 5 years,” he said.

He said it was cheap politics on the part of those speculating these rumours and an act of irresponsibility on the part of the journalists pursuing this saying he has never thought of staying in power even a day longer.

“I don’t know where all this is coming from but I can assure all Malawians that come 2014, I am packing my bags and leave for my home in Thyolo,” he said.

State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika blamed some journalists for publishing these fictitious reports without verifying them with him or at least his office.

He said that unlike his predecessor who on several occasions tried change the Malawi Constitution and stay in power indefinitely, he is not going to follow that path.

“Unlike like the other people who have third term hangovers, come 2014 I am quitting because I want to give a chance for Malawi’s democracy to grow,” said the State President who described the presidency as a relay race competition where athletes exchange the baton stick.

The State President said that he has a belief that there is life even after being State President for the Republic of Malawi.

“Other people still feel they can stay in power as long as they want but me, Bingu, believes that there is still life after State House hence my departure from office come 2014,” he said.

The State President disclosed that for over four years now, he has been slowly constructing his retirement house in his home district of Thyolo.

“Let me assure all Malawians that come 2014, I will go to Thyolo and concentrate on farming, I have some fish ponds and many other things to keep me busy after I retire from office. There is still life after State House,” he said.

The explanation by State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika today puts to rests speculations that his critics have been publicising in the last few weeks.

The President has repeatedly told the Malawian public that he will not seek another term of office or change the Malawi Constitution to allow himself stay in power for longer than expected.

However, some of his critics have been twisting stories alleging the State President is planning to stay in power beyond 2014. The speculations have now been dismissed and proved to be false

Before Dr Mutharika came to power in 2004, former president Bakili Muluzi twice tried to rape the Malawi Constitution to seek a third term of office by he failed-Malawi Digest.


  1. zoona angwazi kumeneko ndiye kubwera ziphuzitseni mbulizo

  2. That is what we call getting a new contract from the people. 10years in Office is a good deal of time.

    I am with you on this than letting people confused because the wheels will be hard to control if everyone starts getting confused.

    Life goes on