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Put your questions to Malawi's president

Africa HYS team | 18:47 UK time, Wednesday, 5 October 2011

BBC Africa Have Your Say will be broadcast from Malawi with President Bingu wa Mutharika as our guest on Thursday.

He has governed the small southern African country since 2004 and is currently serving his second and last term as president.

To his admirers President Mutharika is a principled economic visionary who is not afraid of standing up to the powerful countries and institutions of the west. But to his critics he is an authoritarian leader who does not tolerate criticism or opposition.

If you would like to put your comments and questions to the president, this is your chance. You might  have the opportunity to speak to him directly.

If you would like to take part in the programme, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.





  • Comment number 1.

    My question to you is will you visit Zambia and how comfortable will you be during your visit knowing that the new president of Zambia was, is and may still be in the future a persona non grata in Malawi?

  • Comment number 2.

    I raise my hat for his courage to step down and give the Chair for a new Blood. I hope other African leaders will follow his example. His weak point is not a big concern as his vision to rule with others has more weight.

  • Comment number 3.

    Mr. President, what is your vision for Africa,say, in 20 years?

  • Comment number 4.

    How does the Malawian Government intend to restore diplomatic relations with the various nations and donors it has fallen out of favor with in recent months? Is Malawi in a position to be refusing or toying with aid and donor support?

  • Comment number 5.

    Will Malawi achieve its MDG targets by 2015? Which are the goals the country is likely to achieve, and which ones are they likely to fall just short on?

  • Comment number 6.

    Mr President why are you imposing another grandparent as future president of our Malawi? Don't we have young men in your party that can be elected by vote?

  • Comment number 7.

    Why are African leaders afraid to oppose Mugabe while he ruins Southern Africa?

  • Comment number 8.

    when is the president opening chancellor college?

  • Comment number 9.

    Do you have any advice to the Arab nations recently struck by revolutions, on how they can revitalize their economies?

  • Comment number 10.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]To the editors: I would like to take part in this programme.

  • Comment number 11.

    Mr President,

    Please explain your government's role in the murder of university student Robert Chasowa. Why did the police lie about the pathologist's report? Why did they rely on unsigned and dated "suicide" notes, which could well have been written by anybody? Was Chasowa murdered under instructions from you personally or from your government? Stanley Kenani, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Comment number 12.

    You have claimed to run a zero tolerant campaign against corruption.What good is that fight if it only focuses on past acts by predecessors and nothing on the present plunder?
    If you are really serious about corruption,why hasnt your government 7 years on not passed the access to information bill?Are you trying to hide anything here?

  • Comment number 13.

    Mr President, why do guarantee commercial loans taken by the infamous Mulli Brothers? And your spokespersons always say that you have had good jobs and therefore a good pension to afford the current wealth, how come when you first came in the political limelight you were financially pathetic to the extent of having a small cheque returned by the bank? There are records sir.

  • Comment number 14.

    What is government doing to bring to justice those people who were involved in the Malawi Housing scandal?

  • Comment number 15.

    Let comment on what Makonnen said (02:09) The president is not giving up anything. He wants to rule by proxy through his brother Peter. By God's grace this will not come to pass! Thank you Onjezani with your good questions, we miss you here!

  • Comment number 16.

    Milenium Challange recently with held its funding for the Power Rehabilitation project...due to what is termed "governance issues"...what is your goverment going to do to get this assistance back...seeing as the country is in a virtual state of "blackouts"

  • Comment number 17.

    Mr president, what steps are you taking to esure the resumption of studies at the chancellor colllege which has been out of action for the last 8 months. Can you tell the world when do you expect the university to be re-opened? Or is the closure indefinite? Are you aware of the impact this is having and will have on the future of the nation (Malawi)?

  • Comment number 18.

    whats the status quo on Sanje district development mr president

  • Comment number 19.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator][Personal details removed by Moderator]I would very much like to take part in the program.

  • Comment number 20.

    Is the time now ripe for an 'African spring?'

  • Comment number 21.

    AS a parent,president and chancellor of the university of Malawi what are you doing to resolve the issue between Lecturers and the Council so that students who have been not learning since february return to class

  • Comment number 22.

    My question to the president is: you have received a vast sum of aid money from various donors, can you please tell us how this money has been spent in developing Malawi and further more importantly how can you justify buying a presidential jet and a large convoy of expensive vehicles for yourself and the ministers at the expense of the people of Malawi.

  • Comment number 23.

    How is he going to pay for fertiliser... What's his plan when government money runs out... does he have any idea how soon that will be... what's he spent the 100 million dollars he 'earned' last year on?

  • Comment number 24.

    Mr President, do follow what your manifesto says: Am saying this because immediately after winning in 2009 you introduced the Quota System for University Selection. Why didnt you include this sensitive issue in your manifesto. Dont you think you betrayed many of us, specifically from the North.

  • Comment number 25.

    My question to you is did you visit Zambia during the inauguration of the current President Mr Michael Sata of Zambia. I ask this because there has been conflicting reports on whether you attend or not.

    My second question is that is true that you never apologizes what ever the circumstances?

  • Comment number 26.

    Ngwasi ,
    What are your plans to continue to improve food security in Malawi. How are these plans being shaped by the agricultural systems you have seen in other countries in your capacity as the chairman of the AU?

  • Comment number 27.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 28.

    Mr President, what makes Malawi, different from other African nations, and you different from others leaders in the continent

  • Comment number 29.

    My question is that with sure hardships as;low fuel level,constant break outs,no forex and high taxes what are you going to do about it all with sure a short time left in office.

  • Comment number 30.

    Mr.President,What is your advise to those presidents who would not give up power voluntarily.Do you support term limit and why ?

  • Comment number 31.

    Your Excellence Sir, "How much love do have for your country?"

  • Comment number 32.

    Mr. President, in your view, why are most subsaharan countries still 3rd world and unable to even feed their population after 30 years of independence, while a country like Mauritius is doing so well? Also, why do we still insist on peasants owning land with no regard to food security? Thank you.

  • Comment number 33.

    Mr President, can you inform us as to what Mr Sata did in Malawi for him to be deported in the manner that you did. NOw that he is the President of Zambia, are you going to apologise for the treatment you gave him. Can you confirm that Mr Sata was meeting the former President of Malawi and you did not want this meeting to go ahead and therefore deported Mr Sata?

  • Comment number 34.

    Mr Pres-not sure why, despite a massive willing work-force, national pride and abundant land & water your country continues to slide into deeper misery. I really thought you may finally break the classic African leader mode and better your nation through education, health and sharing. Yr comments pls.


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