Chakwera visits Mozambique, next stop Tanzania on Wednesday

President Lazarus Chakwera is going to Tete, Mozambique for a day-return state visit where he is expected to hold discussions with the Mozambican leader Filipe Nyusi.

Chakwera on the move again

This is his third state visit after Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The President, just like during his trips to Zambia and Zimbabwe, has not disclosed the agenda of his meeting in Mozambique.

According to Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Lucky Sikwese, the Malawi leader will also appreciate Cabora Bassa Hydro Power Dam which Malawi is likely to connect electricity under the Malawi and Mozambique Power interconnection project.

Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) Tuesday morning before departure, Chakwera said Mozambique is strategic to Malawi’s trade hence it is important to hold discussions with the country.

“We are linked to Mozambique historically, geographically and culturally, it’s time for us to renew our relationships and build them to a stronger bond,” he explained.

The President emphasized that Malawi and Mozambique have a lot of untapped potential that could be utilized to benefit both countries.

“We are so related in terms of trade, transport and transit of our goods through their country, it is more so needed that we have discussions and build a relationship that is beneficial to both states,” Chakwera stated.

Chakwera, according to earlier communication, is expected to leave the country again this Wednesday for Tanzania.

The President is using a chartered Malawian Airlines flight – the same he used on his visit to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile,  Chakwera has said it is not wrong to have chiefs on presidential entourage to international meetings, saying traditional leaders qualify for such trips and have necessary qualifications to add value to government business.

Chakwera was responding to questions on whether he would depart from tradition to have chiefs as part of his international trips.

Former president Peter Mutharika had been criticised for large entourages, which included chiefs, for international trips.

“Some chiefs were working in their area of expertise but had to quit jobs over demands from their local village to get coronation as chief.

“It is vital to tap on their expertise,” said Chakwera.

The President, however, said he will desist from wastage and political appeasement using the public purse.

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Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
8 months ago

All these trips are baseless that is why whenever asked reasons for the visits they tell you nada, yes zero. Chakwera is making these errands to make money through allowance which is in the regions of MK20 million, mind you his wife also gets travel allowances. Actually the visits should have equally been accomplished by ministers whose responsibilities it is. This inter-ekectricity connection was already discussed between the two countries way back, the relationship he is talking about has existed before even from the time he was studying at the uni. There is literally nothing new he will come up… Read more »

tiyowoye nyasulu
tiyowoye nyasulu
8 months ago

when APM travelled people used to demand that he reveals how much was spent and who was on the entourage. Surpringly people are silent now but a lot of money is being spend and a whole village from Nsundwe is accompanying the president

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago

When Muluzi became the President of this country he visited not less than 10 African countries in a period of 3 months, the same with Bingu he visited a number of them. This is not like in your villages or neighbourhoods where you go visit a new member of the community. This is geopolitics and not village politics

Mwana wa Kathu
Mwana wa Kathu
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

Malawians please let’s educate ourselves and mature. The way supporters defend their party leaders is so devoid and lacking in sense or substance, that it leads to some of us to believe Malawians deserve a Dictator. Leaders need to be criticised when necessary and made accountable. But so many times we see comments which take offence because a reader is critical of their party leader. This is nonsensical and childish. Let our leaders be accountable and transparent.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

Indeed it’s geopolitical flowing so these visits might help in reshaping our fractured image in the SADC courtesy of Kamuzu economic necessity. Kamuzu played double dealing with our neighbours in the East. Mend the fences not fawning. All these presidents now in power in neighbouring countries were religiously following the events in the region we must not underestimate their elephantine memories they were there. Abusa ayende n’kambale mumanja kwinako oliupoza the president ought not to shift the responsibility onto any other generation hold the bull by the horns ndi mphindi yawo

Mannequin 2
8 months ago

I am going to Mugg&Bean for a cappuccino. Real great coffee.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

Inland port yaku Port Herald kuti ifeyo tidzikachapa kunyanja ya muchere. Bingu anangolota in colours he inaugurated the port minus the Mozambican president what a circus! Peter failed to get it on its legs
Koma Otata O’busa kaperekeni moni osati my chichewa koma English Nyusi ndi machine pa chingelezi

Masauko Chirwa
Masauko Chirwa
8 months ago

President Chakwera is not familiar with diplomatic protocols. It’s is usually the practice that the neighbouring countries Heads of State visit a newly elected President of a neighbouring country. Chakwera is stooping low and showing that Malawi is desperate to build relations with the neighbouring countries. Chakwera is wasting public resources by his mini holidays, using up scarce forex which could be used to fund hospitals and schools. Money could even be better spent on improving housing and facilities for immigration and customs officials on our borders. Chakwera instead is busy drinking champagne with dictators in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Masauko Chirwa
Nyabanda
Nyabanda
8 months ago
Reply to  Masauko Chirwa

Amati yemwe wamva m’mbimba ndi yemwe amatsegula chitseko. Malawi is looking for good working relationship with its nebas so there is need for our president to visit them and talk . Aja apita aja panalibe ubale wabwino ndi ma nebas.

Mwana wa Kathu
Mwana wa Kathu
8 months ago
Reply to  Nyabanda

The point Chirwa makes is not that we don’t need neighbours or we do not need to improve our relations with neighbours. The point is that Chakwera has got things the wrong way round. The Zimbabwean President did not fly to Malawi after he was sworn in, nor did Lungu, nor did the Mozambican President not the Tanzanian President. So why is Chakwera flying to see them at our cost? Why is Chakwera paying homage on bended knees. Why is Chakwera destroying the dignity, honour and standing of Malawi? Only idiots would object to Chirwa’s well reasoned argument.
Case made.

Last edited 8 months ago by Mwana wa Kathu
ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  Masauko Chirwa

No you are missing the point because you have to hammer 🔨 the iron when it’s still red hot 🔥🐓🇲🇼

Mazira
Mazira
8 months ago
Reply to  Masauko Chirwa

So what if we are desperate to build relations with our neighbours? what do we have kuti tidzichita matama?we need these nebas like it or not and Chakwera and his government know it thats why akuwayendera. When you’re poor, usamakhale wamatama, just do zinthu bola zako ziyende

Tito
8 months ago
Reply to  Masauko Chirwa

Your right, it’s total wastage of tax payers money, first b4 he travelled he need to show his capabilities right here @ home

Mwini muzi
8 months ago
Reply to  Masauko Chirwa

Visiting Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania including even Botswana and Namibia is necessary without delay. There are many outstanding and developing issues worthy Chakwera to discuss and agree amicably with his counterparts.

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