BU African center chief mourns Malawi's president
BOSTON—The head of Boston University's center that studies democratization and free market reform in Africa is mourning the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika of the southern African nation of Malawi.
Rev. Charles Stith of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center says Mutharika was one of Africa's most courageous and conscientious leaders.
Stith was commenting shortly after Malawi's Vice President Joyce Banda was sworn in as the country's first woman president after her predecessor's sudden death in office.
Malawi officials delayed announcing Mutharika's death for more than a day after doctors disclosed that the 78-year-old had died of heart attack on Thursday.
Stith, who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, says Mutharika was unwavering in his commitment to improve the plight of Malawi's poor.