Mugabe only African leader to attend [email protected] celebrations

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, is the only head of state who will be joining President Peter Mutharika and Malawians in ‘celebrating’ the golden jubilee on July 6 that will take place on Sunday in Lilongwe.

Mugabe arrived Saturday through the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) and was welcomed by the Vice President, Saulos Chilima.

Also welcoming Mugabe were Commander of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), General Ignasio Maulana, Inspector General of Police, Loti Dzonzi, Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education, Kondwani Nankhumwa and several other top Government officials.

Mugabe welcomed by Malawi VP Chilima on arrival

Mugabe welcomed by Malawi VP Chilima on arrivalWA

Mugabe inspect a guard of honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force on arrival in Lilongwe

Mugabe inspect a guard of honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force on arrival in Lilongwe

The octogenarian Zimbabwe leader looked fit and well on arrival and was spotting a jovial mood.

According to Malawi Foreign Affairs ministry, Mugabe will be the only head of state as another leader expected is Tanzania’s vice president and diplomats.

The cash-strapped Malawi will spend over K150 million to celebrate the 50 years of independence from Britain.

The cash will be spent on food, transport, accommodation for local and foreign dignitaries, as well as hosting the Mozambican national team which will play the Malawi team as an icing of the party.

Other activities to be staged at Civo Stadium will be a joint parade by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service (MPS), Malawi Prison Service (MPS) and the Immigration Department.

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