Blair pledges ‘more support’ to JB ahead of Malawi elections

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Malawi’s President Joyce Banda has better chances of winning in this year’s presidential elections “although it has been very tough recently”.

“As the election nears, it will likely become even rougher but I am sure you’re more than up to it!” Blair says in a ‘goodwill message’ to President Banda at the end of a one-year cooperation agreement between Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) and the Presidency.

The agreement entailed AGI’s assistance to help build systems in the President’s Office and to support government’s effectiveness.

Blairs and Malawi first couple

Blairs and Malawi first couple

According to President Banda’s Press Secretary, Steve Nhlane, at the inception of the partnership, the Malawi Government and AGI agreed that in view of the May 2014 general elections, AGI would plan to accomplish their work by January, 2014.

“In view of this initial arrangement, AGI is winding up its work in Malawi at the end of this month based on this mutual agreement and understanding'” said Nhlane in a statement released on Monday.

Blair says in his statement that now that the project is coming to an end, he was “very happy” to stay in touch with President Banda and help in any way they could.

“I know the AGI team has really enjoyed working with you. I know also that it has been very tough recently and I hope it all works out ok,” concludes former PM Blair in his message.


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