The First Lady, Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika was born on February 7 1960 from a humble family of the late William Kapasule and the late Estere Mphuwa Kapasule of Kapasule Village, Traditional Authority Msamala in Balaka District.
Madame Mutharika is a committed Christian due to her family background. Her father and mother were farmers but also served as Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Church Elder and Women Guild’s Chairlady respectively at Khwisa CCAP Church in Balaka.
She is the only surviving child from a family of five.
She has a son and also takes care of over 10 children from her late brothers and sisters.
Just like any other Malawian children from humble families her journey through education started at a primary school in her village in Khwisa and then proceeded with secondary education at St. Mary’s in Zomba. Thereafter, Madame Mutharika pursued a Degree in Business Administration.
The First Lady worked for Malawi Council for the Handicapped and World Vision International as an Administrator before joining politics to run for the parliamentary seat in my Balaka North Constituency where she served as Member of Parliament until March 2014.
While serving as a parliamentarian, Madame Mutharika, also served in different committees in various capacities, such as; The Parliamentary Committee on Education, Security and Defense as well as the Public Appointment and Declaration of Assets Committee. She was also a member of the Pan African Parliament and Women Caucus.
Currently, Madam Mutharika is a member of High Level Group of Regional Leaders in Eastern and Southern Africa that advises, steers and supports young people in education and sexual and reproductive health.
With her passion for sanitation, the First Lady runs the Gertrude Mutharika Beatify Malawi Trust (GM-Beam Trust) to promote health and hygiene to improve quality of life through increased access to responsible participation and improved management of waste and sanitation facilities in Malawi.
Madame Gertrude tied the knot with the country’s First Citizen at a colourful ceremony held at St Michael and All Angels CCAP Church in Blantyre on June 21, 2014. Later the two hosted a traditional wedding at Ndata Farm in Thyolo district.