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Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

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181 ruling UDF party.

181 ruling UDF party. There were 13 paragraphs coded across all newspapers under study supporting this argument (See Table 6.5). The new president was praised for appointing civil servants on the strength of their abilities. The new president‟s economic and development agenda received support from the newspapers. Jika Nkolokosa (2004) noted: “. . . almost everyone has been full of praise for the new president since his inauguration.” Steve Nhlane (2004) argued concerning the president‟s inaugural speech: “He is likely to win hearts and minds of many if he does not follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.” Table 6.5: Moral Evaluations in the Leadership Frames Moral Evaluations Presenters Paragraphs Articles Mutharika is competent BNL 4 (11.4%) 4 Chronicle 5 (14.3%) 5 NPL 4 (11.4%) 4 Total 13 (37.1%) 13 The Muluzi administration was inept BNL 3 (8.6%) 3 Chronicle 3 (8.6%) 3 NPL 4 (11.4%) 4 Total 10 (28.6%) 10 The UDF must let Mutharika govern his way BNL 5 (14.3%) 4 Chronicle 3 (8.6%) 3 NPL 4 (11.4%) 4 Total 12 (34.3%) 11 Total 35 (100%) 34 Moral Evaluations Presenters Paragraphs Speeches Visionary leader UDF 4 (12.9%) 4 MCP 3 (9.7%) 3 PPM 3 (9.7%) 3 RP 3 (9.7%) 3 Independent 4 (12.9%) 4 Total 17 (54.8%) 17 God-given and humble leader UDF 3 (9.7%) 3 Capable leader UDF 4 (12.9%) 4 MCP 3 (9.7%) 3 RP 4 (12.9%) 4 Total 14 (45.2%) 14 31 (100%) 31

182 The second aspect of this component reveals the newspapers‟ evaluation of Muluzi‟s administration in light of all the things the Mutharika administration was doing right. In this respect, Muluzi and his administration were branded as incompetent and corrupt in 10 paragraphs (See Table 6.5). Those who served in it were reported to have grown rich out of corrupt acts as the Malawi News (2004b) argued: “All those people who were in Muluzi‟s administration are now filthy rich . . . .” Another aspect of the moral evaluations component (12) noted that the UDF ought to let the new president govern the country his own way without applying undue pressure on him (See Table 6.5). The newspapers‟ moral evaluation of the new president and his government was closely mirrored in the parliamentary corpus. The parliamentarians were full of praise for the new president while expressing reservations concerning the influence of the UDF on the new president. The MPs from all the parties represented in the National Assembly described President Mutharika as a visionary leader as the independent MP Clement Khembo (2004, p.16) noted: “. . . allow me to congratulate His Excellency the President, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika for his vision.” This description accounted for 17 paragraphs of the 31coded in the parliamentary corpus for this frame. Another 14 paragraphs described him as a capable leader as Nancy Tembo (2004, p.57) of the MCP noted: “Certainly, he has demonstrated that he is competent and capable”. He was also described as a God-given humble leader in three paragraphs as Nthenda (2004, p.8) the UDF MP noted: “. . . Dr. Mutharika is a God given leader.” (See Table 6.5). By way of treatment recommendation in this frame, in fourteen paragraphs, the newspapers called on the president to govern better than his predecessor had done (See

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