Malawi’s Joyce Banda takes over as 1st female president

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Lilongwe(ZimEye)-The first female president in Malawi is set to take over the reigns of power following the sudden death of the country’s president, Bingu Wa Mutharika, aged 78.

Joyce Banda, 61, who has been vice president of Malawi under Mutharika‘s reign is now  the first female president in that country and joins Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the line of Africa’s female Head of States. She is expected to lead the country until 2014 elections.

Joyce Banda who had a fall out with the late president leading to her expulsion from Mutharika‘s ruling party (DPP) in 2010, but not from her government post was feared could be sidelined by Mutharika‘s party.

Following Mutharika‘s death, hardliners in Mutharika‘s party looked on course to subvert the constitution and sideline her from assuming her official presidential duties as per constitutionally requirements that the vice president takes over the office of presidency in the event of death or incapacitation of the president.

But in her first press conference as president, Banda on Saturday looked to have overcome that hurdle and told the press that “The constitution is prevailing right now” and appealed for calm in Malawi.

“I call upon all Malawians to remain calm and to keep the peace during this time of bereavement,” Banda said.

The international community and Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi had raised their concern over the delay in transfer of power and the seemingly imminent constitutional coup by the late president’s party (DPP) who wanted to impose the late president’s brother, Peter.

“We are concerned about the delay in the transfer of power. We trust that the vice president who is next in line will be sworn in shortly,” said Johnnie Carson, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs on Friday.

The State has declared 10 days of official mourning for Mutharika whose body still remains in South Africa as the government is to commence arrangements to repatriate it back to Malawi.

Below is a video of Joyce Banda attending TB Joshua’s SCOAN church in Nigeria.

(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)

 

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  • chamatogonono

    I wish president Joyce Banda to rule the country of Malawi in the right way. Rest in peace Wamutarika

  • chamatogonono

    Pliz Joyce leave that skelem TB joshua he will bring satanism in your country

  • Shandirai

    Iwe Chamatogonono uri kurasika papiko iwe? TB Joshua vaKorinte ava! Iwewe uri muKorinte futi asi uchirikungowawata seRombe nanhasi. Kusvikira rinhiko uchingodaro?

  • Shandirai

    I bet Joyce Mujuru arikukuvara nerute izvozvi. kikikikiki!

  • Wiseman kadakungwa

    Congrants Mama Joy
    I hope you will forgive Peter, the president’s brother, Bright Malopa, the director General of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, and Patricia Kaliat the Information Minister.
    God bless Mama Banda

  • Cde Umdhidhi Umtasa

    Zanu has done it again it has rigged,the prophecy was directed 2 zim

  • chamatogonono

    Iwe Shandirai vimba namwari wako kwete nana gomo ibva enda opo hurombe hwaunotaura iwe unei?it does’nt matter kuva rombe kana kuva mupfumi nemari yekuromba padiki padiki unosvika TB joshua asiyanei natsikamutanda? Sei achiporofita nezverufu rwevatungamiriri venyika achisiya zvinoponesa vanhu?hakusi kumuvenga asi ndakavenga mbiri yenhema

  • mago

    TB Joshua nditsikamutanda anotaura chirungu

  • mago

    Taura hako Mago unoona nyaya inoitika vanhu vatema hatidi kuona munhu aita mbiri yekuporofita kana yehun’anga izvozvi TB Joshua haarare nemaZimba vachida kuporofitwa vana vasingaende kuchikoro asi vanowana mari yekuenda kuNigeria kunoporofita pasi tsve kuzvitarira namwari wega hanzi handinzwikwe dzidzai kuzvinyeterera mwari vanokunzwai

  • chamatogonono

    Ana mago muri vanganiko totya kurumwa

  • makoni

    ko iye makandiwa venyu uyu ati kuita sei zvamongotaura zva Tb joshua.isu tanyarara asi muchatongea nemabasa aya enhema

  • Jimalo

    mago n chama u need to examine the spirit that is operating in you. jealousy malice religiousness denominational prejudice or fear oh there is that of ignorance as well and inferiority complex despising of your own. Munoda kudzikinurwa. ko kuverenga bible nomazvo munzwisise pane kuzvitsvagira condemnation and curses nekutaura zvisina maturo pane vazodziwa vaMwari. ko kunyarara pane kuzvitsvagira nhamo

  • Descendant of Changamire

    Munhu anotevera nokunamata Satan, uye anokwidziridza vanhu venyama vatongi, achivaisa pachinvzimbo chamwari anozivikanwa nezvavanotaura. Vanamati vaLucifer tinovaziva nezvavanotaura pamusoro pa vaporofita vaMwari. Zvimwe zvinonwisa tsitsi, kana munhu ane dzinonyatsodhonza achiti moprofita akaita saT B Joshua nditsikamutanda, kuedza kuda kubvisa vatenderi vaMwari kubva munzira yechitenderi, kuti vauye kurima kwaari kunamata ari iye. Chenjererai vanhu vakadaro.

  • Descendant of Changamire

    Taura zvako Jimalo. Your comment is biblically rational and displays religious maturity. If people do not understand a thing about prophecy, it is best to shut up rather than waffle and end up as the religious laughing stock of the world. People invite curses and condemnation upon themselves by making foolish utterances which give them one second worldly heroism yet invoke the wrath of God.

  • Jimalo

    Thanks Changa God bless you its time we silence these evil spirits from the pit of hell in what ever form they come and stop them from poluting this medium and the innocent. Vangajaire isu maChristu takangonyarara