Chakwera’s next stop to Muluzi’s residence: ‘Compatriots always’

After visiting his predecessor Peter Mutharika at the immediate past president’s  residence in Mangochi, President Lazarus Chakwera is set to visit the  country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004, Bakili Muluzi at his home.

Bakili Muluzi governed Malawi from 1994 to 2004 under UDF administration then handpicked Bingu wa Mutharika as his successor

Chakwera met his predecessor Mutharika on Sunday.

“Foes, never. Rivals, sometimes. Compatriots, always,”  posted Chakwera on his Facebook page.

On his Twitter page, Mutharika stated: “Today, His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera made a courtesy call on me at my Villa Mutharika in Mangochi. We had a very good chat. God bless Malawi!”

Meanwhile, Nyasa Times understands that Chakwera is set to meet Muluzi, the only one  who governed  Malawi for a decade  – full circle of two terms – in a multiparty democracy.

Muluzi is widely credited with consolidating Malawi’s democracy and the rule of law.

During his tenure he tolerated dissenting views, while press and religious freedoms flourished unlike under Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.  He was ‘people’s president’ but had a dark side too as the party he led, United Democratic Front (UDF) used Young Democrats to wage a campaign of intimidation against the government’s opponents and the press especially in  2003-04 as it  pushed for Muluzi’s third term bid.

Muluzi is also known as an  exceptional negotiator and has walked the adage that in politics, there is neither permanent friend nor permanent enemy; there is only permanent interest.

The former Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi Asbjorn Eidhammer describes Muluzi as affable and easy to like in his book titled Malawi: ‘A Place Apart.’ It is for such reason that he found it easy to bring even his political enemies to the negotiating table.

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1 year ago

Pitani a president mukatenga a za Vp wanu u will be a one term president .Chilima has got nothing to offer this country

1 year ago

There is no political tension in Malawi to make these visits worthwhile and necessary. Can Mr Chakwera concentrate on things that will bring tangible benefits to the long suffering people of Malawi, instead of wasting his time on these image building exercises?

1 year ago
Reply to  Mafikizolo

Nothing to do?

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nafundo zalo
1 year ago

kukula ntima enawa. aviti ntila ndiaja anadya matako agalu. anangodzambatuka kuthawa mlandu wa cashgate. ai ali ku
kukula mitima ngati presdent wa ku uvory coast kufuna kusintha constitution ya presdential kuti aziolwa katatu kkkkkkkkkk
Yahaya style.
Festive season nthawi yofunilana mafuno abwino.
ena akadali cilundile.kkkkkkk
bola kukhala opuma than oluza.
muzingosuzumila conco kuthawa mitswatswa yanu yomwe. a FALISI INU

1 year ago

I don’t remember Bingu, Joyce and Peter visiting Bakili. But Bakili visited Kamuzu. Is Lazarus following the footstep?

Dracula 13
1 year ago

Next. It’s JB. I thought it was obvious.

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