12 Things You Didn’t Know About Malawi’s Education President, Peter Mutharika

Written by Keren Mikva

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

After winning the 2014 presidential election, Mutharika became the first person to defeat a sitting president in his/her bid for reelection. Much of Mutharika’s platform involved cutting down on corruption in Malawi, especially in light of “Cashgate” – the huge corruption scandal that occurred during Banda’s tenure, and caused many international donors to cut aid to Malawi. Mutharika was able to be sworn in as Malawi’s president after the High Court rejected Banda’s request for a recount amid allegations of vote rigging.