Africa Gets a Second Female President

April 11, 2012 (CISA)

The President of Malawi Her Excellency  Joyce Banda. According to a story in the Nation Online of 13th April 2012, the new president was shaped in Kenya. She came to interact with gender activist who were concerned on the deplorable gender relations that were the subject of activism.

Following the sudden death of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika last Thursday, Vice President Joyce Banda was sworn into office, making her the second female President in Africa.

President Bingu wa Mutharika died from cardiac arrest. His death was officially confirmed Friday after a day of denials.
According to Global information Network, the new President has received international and national awards for her support of women’s rights. She also becomes the third most powerful female politician after Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela.
After her swearing-in, Mrs Banda began house cleaning, purging allies of the former president. “Although we are in mourning, certain decisions cannot wait,” Banda told a news conference in the capital Lilongwe, three days after taking office.
She also announced an investigation into the mysterious murder of student activist Robert Chasowa. Mutharika’s critics have accused police of staging a hit against Chasowa, implicating former police chief Peter Mukhito, who was sacked on Monday.
“As a mother, I feel for my fellow mother who doesn’t know what killed her son. I understand how painful it is, and I will make sure we find out who killed our son Chasowa,” Banda said.
She also sacked the head of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Bright Malopa, another Mutharika ally who used state media to campaign against her.
The new director general is Benson Tembo, a veteran broadcaster and former diplomat whose last posting was as ambassador to Zimbabwe.
“With the swearing in of the new President, Joyce Banda, before the Chief Justice, Lovemore Munlo, to the representatives of the Judicial Court and Parliament, and after 26 rounds of cannon and the salute of the military Guard, Malawi peacefully resolved a transfer of power in a time of great tension in the Country “, wrote Fr Piergiorgio Gamba to Fides, a Monfortan missionary who has been working in Malawi for decades.
“Now it is of extraordinary importance to get out of the international isolation in which Malawi was forced to live in by the previous government, as well as ensuring an economic recovery that brings hope to a country ravaged by profoundly dull and outdated political decisions “says Fr Gamba.

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