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

Written by Keren Mikva

Mutharika’s candidacy for president was called into question amid controversy over his Malawian citizenship

Given the amount of time that Mutharika spent living and working in the United States, many believed that he had obtained US citizenship during that time, and had thus been forced to renounce his Malawian citizenship (Malawi’s laws do not allow for dual citizenship). However, documents were made available by American embassies that proved Mutharika had never sought citizenship, and had just remained a green card holder during his stint in the country. Mutharika relinquished his green card and permanent resident status in the US 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.