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Boni Dulani writes balanced obit of Mutharika

23 April 2012

"Malawi 2009" by BBC World Service shared with CC license via Flickr

As various people weigh in on the legacy of former Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika following his death, I’m surprised by either the celebration of his death (particularly over Twitter and Facebook) or the desire to overlook his authoritarian nature to remember his positive contribution to food security.

But Boni Dulani, a post-doctoral fellow at Michigan State University who hails from Malawi and researches in particular the power of personal rule in Africa, writes a balanced obituary of the late Mutharika. An excerpt:

As Mutharika’s remains are put to rest at his Ndata Farm in Thyolo district on April 23rd, he leaves behind a mixed legacy and many unfulfilled dreams. The strong economic performance and the success of the agricultural subsidy programme gained him a lot of local and international acclaim during his first term. His unfinished second term was on the other hand characterized by poor governance and economic collapse.

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