Chakwera delivers maiden speech at Sadc virtual summit: ‘Malawi not landlocked but landlinked’

President Lazarus Chakwera who has been in office for about two months now, gave his overview of his vision towards regional integration and development when he delivered a maiden speech during  the Southern African Development Community (SADC) virtual conference held on Monday.

President Chakwera gave his miaden speech at the opening ceremony of SADC’s 40th summit virtually held in Maputo

Chakwera was the only new president to be welcomed by  Heads of State and Government at the SADC’s 40th summit virtually held in Maputo, Mozambique.

In his speech, the Malawi leader Chakwera said one of the ways of promoting development and resilience in the region is to turn the late former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa’s dream of regional economic integration into reality.

“For us as Malawians, we feel this undeniable bond whenever we travel beyond our borders, which is why I have never accepted that Malawi is land-locked, but rather land-linked, for we are inextricably linked to our SADC brothers on all sides, and I can assure you that we would not have it any other way,” said Chakwera.

“All of us as Sub-Saharan African nations feel this brotherhood that binds us very deeply, for it is a brotherhood that predates our colonial borders and transcends our individual statehood. What remains is for us to resolve once and for all to give this brotherhood its fullest expression  in the areas of economics and development.

The ideals of SADC are towards a common future within a regional community that will ensure economic wellbeing, improvement of standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice, and peace and security for the people of southern Africa.

“I believe that the combination of strengths and shared values between us in this present moment represents a unique opportunity to achieve this within the next few years, an opportunity worth seizing. I also believe that it is a divine opportunity, for it is by the Providence of God that we are bound to one another by history, culture, and a shared journey of liberation,” Chakwera said.

Meanwhile, Mozambique officially assumed the rotating presidency of Sadc.

The summit coincided with the regional economic community’s 40th anniversary celebration under the motto “40 Years Building Peace and Security, Promoting Development and Resilience in the Face of Global Challenges.”

The predecessor of SADC was created in 1980 as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference, which in 1992 was transformed into the current body comprising 16 member states.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
10 months ago

pitala ankapita naabwerako ku SADC UNGA anabwerako ndi cia? asali kufika pimaodzera osamva kucita kugwedezedwa ndi KAGAME kuti akuti mwakutikuti for so loooooong. khalani pansi otsutsa.

Mwale stern
Mwale stern
10 months ago

So its the year 2020 and anthu you dont know ” from landlocked to landlinked”. Zamanyazi.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
10 months ago

Land linked? Koma Dr Laz is somerhing else. We have serious issues like the Lake Malawi dispute with Tanzania and the Nsanje Inland port with Mozambique and you are busy disputing the fact that we are land locked. If that’s the case, then l dont have a ‘land lord’ but a ‘land load’.

Yesaya kaguta M7
Yesaya kaguta M7
10 months ago

Yona what are you trying to say? Is that what Lucius banda is advising? If you are wise just go to Mozambique and beg them to open up the zambezi river so that barges can dock at nsanje world in land port. That’s what a man of vision does to help Malawi economy. This idea of disputing the country’s status as landlocked is very low effort and dull. Get max mkwezalamba to advise you not achina Lucius

Last edited 10 months ago by Yesaya kaguta M7
The Sniper.
The Sniper.
10 months ago

Muchilabe osadanda! Mukunva mutu waching’alang’ala! Hey our handsome President is the SADC chair!
Akanakhalapo Chatute uja kaya SADC akanalola kuupeleka mpando umeneu ku Malawi? Ndakaika.

Thyola mwendo
10 months ago

Chakwera why didn’t you go in perso You said there is no Corona

Yurhonor
10 months ago

Ma advisor akukusokonezani..Chamba eti.land linked NDE chain.Fotseki

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
10 months ago
Reply to  Yurhonor

Mungazidziwe anthu ongokula chimutu?

Rex Msiska
Rex Msiska
10 months ago
Reply to  Yurhonor

Dear Malawians.
I fear that we have taken the freedom of speach way out of hand. Surely using words such as ‘Fotseki’ against the State President is not the right use of freedom of speech.
I see this as an insult to the nation and the people of Malawi. This shows some one is very angry, actually raged over things known by him/her.
I wonder if Nyasa Times is comfortable in publishing such languages.

Materbule
10 months ago
Reply to  Rex Msiska

Khala chete wa Pioneer iwe

National CEO
National CEO
10 months ago
Reply to  Rex Msiska

Hahahaha! wayufi tsopano! Akuwona ngati zaka zikadali 1983.

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