President Banda mourns Mutharika
His Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, would like to express, with a deep sense of shock, his sympathy and condolences to the family, government, and people of Malawi, at the passing of his brother and friend Ngwazi Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
This was contained in a statement made available to Lusakatimes by the African Presidential Center Boston University.
Meanwhile, On Thursday, April 5, President Banda paid his respects and visited the Crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia.
As he laid a wreath, His Excellency said, “On behalf of His Excellency Michael Sata, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, in memory of President Levy Mwanawasa, on behalf of all Zambians, and as an honored guest of Boston University, I lay this wreath in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., as an example of a human rights activist who inspired Africans in their quest for freedom.”
President Banda was accompanied by Ambassador Charles Stith, director of the Boston University African Presidential Center, and Reverend Bernice King, daughter of the slain civil rights leader.
President Banda is visiting Atlanta primarily to conduct lectures at Morehouse College, a member of BU’s African Presidential Center’s Universities Collaborative. President Banda will also visit the Carter Center, having been the head of a recent Carter Center election monitoring delegation to the Democratic Republic Congo.
President Rupiah Banda is the Eighth President-in-Residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Center, and will fill this role through the fall. As President-in-Residence, President Banda follows such notables as former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, President Q. Ketumile Masire, former president of Botswana, President Antonio Monteiro, former president of Cape Verde, and Mo Ibrahim prize-winner President Festus Gontebanye Mogae, former president of Botswana.
President Banda will also conduct lectures at other schools that are part of the Center’s Universities Collaborative, including Elizabeth City State University, the University of Dar es Salaam, and the University of Ghana, Legon.
He will be traveling within the United States and Africa to discuss his experiences as President, trends of democratization, and the current state of African politics.
He will also join other former heads of state at the African Presidential Center’s upcoming African Presidential Roundtable, to be hosted at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, May 23-25, 2012.
The African President-in-Residence program is an initiative of the African Presidential Center at Boston University and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The African Presidential Center has taken an unprecedented approach to studying democratization and free-market reform in Africa. Through this residency program for former democratically elected African leaders, the African Presidential Center provides a forum for sharing the insights and expertise of past and present heads of state and government.
The African Presidential Center’s other initiatives include its internationally renowned African Leaders State of Africa Report, as well as its annual policy forum, the African Presidential Roundtable.