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

Written by Keren Mikva

Mutharika was tasked with handling Malawi’s controversial academic freedom standoff

Mutharika was serving as Minister of Education in 2011, when conflict between lecturers at the University of Malawi and the police sparked campus-wide protests over academic freedoms. Several lecturers were sacked as a result of the conflict, and students began protesting in support of them. Many criticized Mutharika’s handling of the controversy, or lack thereof, as the protests ended up closing two of the university’s colleges. Mutharika was moved to Minister of Foreign Affairs several months later, removing himself from the situation.