President hails Zim-Malawi ties

President Mugabe, his Malawian counterpart President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Getrude Mutharika stand during the singing of the Malawi national anthem at a luncheon in Lilongwe. — (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

President Mugabe, his Malawian counterpart President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Getrude Mutharika stand during the singing of the Malawi national anthem at a luncheon in Lilongwe. — (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

Takunda Maodza recently in LILONGWE, Malawi
Zimbabwe and Malawi enjoy frank and cordial relations and Harare looks forward to working well with the new administration led by Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President Mugabe has said.
Speaking to journalists at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe yesterday after attending Malawi’s 50th Independence celebrations, President Mugabe underscored the need to further strengthen the already warm relations between the two countries.

President Mugabe inspects a guard of honour mounted in his honour at Kamuzu International Airport on his arrival on Saturday. — (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

President Mugabe inspects a guard of honour mounted in his honour at Kamuzu International Airport on his arrival on Saturday. — (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

“We are very happy to celebrate together this anniversary. I happen to have been there when Malawi started its independence.
“I was able to see the development and the change that has taken place. The freedom that has come to the people and the right to do things for themselves,” President Mugabe said.

He said Malawi’s first black president ,Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, was keen on addressing the issue of illiteracy in his country and to develop agriculture.
“When (Bakili) Muluzi took over, the relationship had been absolutely frank,” President Mugabe said.

He narrated how Zimbabwe went on to enjoy warm relations with other administrations that followed and expressed his wish to associate well with the newly elected President, Professor Mutharika.

President Mugabe said Zimbabwe and Malawi shared a historical and cultural bond.
Earlier on, President Mugabe had received a hero’s welcome at the Civo Stadium, where thousands of Malawians gathered for the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Addressing the gathering, President Mutharika urged unity among Malawians regardless of political affiliation.

“I invite all of us together; let us unite to develop this country. We all must love our country. Let us unite as one country. We are all Malawians,” he said.
President Mutharika challenged Malawians to work hard and bring development to their country and dissuaded them from depending on Government for aid.
“We are determined to put Malawians to work…

“My government is determined to improve the social conditions of this country.”
He pledged to provide low-cost housing units for urbanites and to build proper houses in rural areas.

Malawi is a former British colony, which gained independence in 1964 after the collapse of the Federation of Rhodesia  and  Nyasaland  that   brought together  Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe) into a federation with the then Nyasaland (now Malawi) between 1953 and 1963.

Malawi celebrates its independence on July 6 every year.
President Mugabe returned home yesterday evening and was welcomed at Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru and senior Government officials.

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  • Londisizwe

    A timely reminder of the need for hard work and less reliance on Government handouts and Donor support. President Peter Mutharika has also made dealing with corruption a major priority essential for economic recovery.
    We can only hope President Mugabe remembers his election promises and oaths he made to the people, none of which have been seen to be realised on the ground. Perhaps he was dreaming of a post 2018 era?

    • Wakisai

      True! Only one foreign President and one Vice-President attended, he should have sent Mujuru or the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • Kotsanai

    With Malawi’s 50 years of governance experience after independence, hopefully President Mutharika can proffer some advice on good governance to the relative newcomer President Mugabe.