Joyce Banda, The First Woman President in Southern Africa

Joyce Banda, First Woman President in Southern Africa

Malawi’s president, Bingu wa Mutharika, died of a heart attack on Thursday and his vice-president, Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda, was sworn in yesterday. This makes Banda the first woman president in southern Africa. The only other African country that has had a woman president is Liberia. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Early in Mutharika’s presidential term, he kicked Banda out of the party because of disagreements they were having and so she started her own party and became one of his strongest critics. Mutharika tried to relieve Banda from her post as vice-president but was unsuccessful. In light of this, there has been talk that Mutharika’s party would try to put Mutharika’s brother in office instead of Banda. I […] Read more »