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

Written by Keren Mikva

Mutharika was tasked with repairing relations between Malawi and the UK

After a falling out over the Chocrane-Dyet controversy (in which a telegram was leaked from then-High Commissioner for the UK to Malawi, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, calling Bingu wa Mutharika “more autocratic and intolerant of criticism,” and resulting in his expulsion from Malawi – and then the subsequent expulsion of Malawi’s acting high commissioner, Flossie Chidyaonga, from the UK and the cutting off of British aid), Mutharika’s appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2011 was especially important. He was tasked with repairing relations with the United Kingdom, as the diplomatic relations between the two countries was severely deteriorated after the controversy.