Mutharika ‘timid’ on SADC maiden speech

Outgoing SADC Chairperson and Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika has implicitly displayed his apprehension on his maiden speech at the SADC 34th Summit of Heads of State and government.

President Mutharika arrives at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe - Pic by Stanley Makuti

President Mutharika arrives at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Barely, less three months at the helm of the regional body, Mutharika will basically report work done by her predecessor Joyce Banda, who lost the chairperson ship by virtue of tumbling during Malawi’s May 20 tripartite 2014 polls.

“No briefing from my predecessor. I had been SADC chair for only two months. But you also know that the two months have also been a time of transition,” Mutharika said during a less than 25 minutes news conference held at the Elephant Hills Resort Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Mutharika will officially handover the yearly SADC chairpersonship to the mercurial Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during the weekend.

The summit will be held under the theme, the theme is entitled “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition.”

Nevertheless, Mutharika described Malawi’s tenure as a success.

He will present a report on the activities undertaken during the period under review.

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