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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Malawian President Quits His Party
This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this happening. The Malawian president, Bingu wa Mutharika, has quit his party (The United Democratic Front UDF) on the national day of Anti-Corruption.
"I have decided to resign from the UDF with immediate effect because firstly I no longer have support within the party... my sin as far as the UDF is concerned is because of my anti-corruption stand," he said.
The president is a former World Bank Economist and from the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo [said Cholo]. Almost all politicians there are corrupt. At least this guy has some financial background and if anyone could have taken the country to a better place, it would have been him. Of course, in politics, no one likes a man who doesn't play the game like everyone else so he's been outcast by his own party on many occasions. He lost his post on COMESA once the previous president came to power. Malawi is so totally messed up which is so sad because its such a great place.