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Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika

Educator, Lawyer and Fifth President of Malawi

He was the first candidate to defeat a sitting president in Malawi.

Year of Birth  18 July 1940
Place of Birth Thyolo, Malawi
Period of Presidency 2014-present
Political Parties Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)

Main Political Career

2009-2014 Member of Parliament for Thyolo East
2011-2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014-Present President of Malawi

Personal and Family Life

Arthur Peter Mutharika was born on 18 July 1940 in Thyolo District, Nyasaland (now Malawi).

His nickname is APM.

He is the younger brother of Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi’s third president.

He was married to Christophine, a Catholic from the Caribbean with whom he has two daughters and a son.

Christophine worked in Washington University’s student health centre and died in 1990.

On 21 June 2014, he remarried his long-time partner Gertrude Maseko, a member of the Malawi Parliament.

He used to have a US green card, but he relinquished his green card and permanent resident status in February 2014 as he would be unable to meet the requirements to keep them by spending a minimum of three months in the country each year as president of Malawi.

Educational Background

Mutharika received his law degree from the University of London in 1965.

He then received his LL.M in 1966 and JD from Yale University in 1969.

Early Career

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is an expert in international law, comparative international law, and international economic law.

He has been associated for more than 46 years at Washington University in the US.

And he also taught at University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Haile Selassie University in Ethiopia, Rutgers University in the US, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Program for Foreign Service Officers from Africa and Asia at Makerere University in Uganda, and has served as an Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics in the UK.

He also served as an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law initiative for Africa.

In 2008, Mutharika was awarded the International Jurist Award by the International Council of Jurists for his “unique contribution in the field of legal education”.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Foreign Investment Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Emerging Policy and Legal Frameworks” in 2008.

Political Career

Mutharika informally served as an advisor to his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika from the beginning of his re-election campaign in 2009 to his death in April 2012.

He was appointed by Bingu wa Mutharika to the Malawi Cabinet as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in 2009.

He then became Minister of Education, Science and Technology and as of 8 September 2011 he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new “war cabinet”.

Presidency (2014-Present)

Standing as the candidate of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), Peter Mutharika was elected as President of Malawi in tripartite elections in May 2014.

He won the election by gaining 36.4% of the total.

He was sworn in as President on 31 May 2014, naming his cabinet in June 2014, Mutharika took charge of the defence portfolio himself.

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