Malawi president, at inauguration, pledges to root out corruption
03 Jun 2019

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika began his second five-year term with a tough stance against corruption and pledged to revive the economy, following accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

Speaking at his inauguration on Friday in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, Mutharika warned that he would not spare anyone found abusing their positions, in an apparent response to allegations of corruption that marked his first term.

“The honeymoon is over. If you belong to the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), you have no right to think that you are above the law or to be defiant to your superiors in the name of the party”, he said before thousands of cheering supporters and military parades at Kamuzu stadium.

“We will count it as indiscipline and we will fire you.”

The opposition parties have said Mutharika has nurtured graft, but he denies that. He has said local media reports he benefited from a $4 million contract to supply food to the police force were a ploy to smear him before the elections.

By Frank Phiri, Reuters, 31 May 2019

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Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office [OGL v1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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