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Bingu wa Mutharika
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President of Malawi
In office
24 May 2004 – 5 April 2012
Vice President
Preceded by Bakili Muluzi
Succeeded by Joyce Banda
8th Chairperson of the African Union
In office
31 January 2010 – 31 January 2011
Preceded by Muammar Gaddafi
Succeeded by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Personal details
Ryson Webster Thom

(1934-02-24)24 February 1934
Thyolo, Nyasaland
Died 5 April 2012(2012-04-05) (aged 78)
Lilongwe, Malawi
Nationality Malawian
Political party DPP (2005–2012)
Other political
UDF (Before 2005)
  • Ethel Mutharika (Until 2007; her death)
  • Callista Chimombo (2010–2012; his death)
Relations Peter Mutharika (brother)
Children 4
Alma mater University of Delhi
California Miramar University
Profession Economist

Bingu wa Mutharika (born Brightson Webster Ryson Thom; 24 February 1934 – 5 April 2012) was a Malawian politician and economist. He was President of Malawi from May 2004 until his death in April 2012. He was also President of the Democratic Progressive Party. He was also Chairperson of the African Union in 2010–2011. He died of cardiac arrest in Lilongwe while in office on 5 April 2012, at age 78.

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