Clinton says JB leading Malawi towards bright future, vows U.S support

United States of America(U.S,A) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hailed democratic reforms  put in place by Malawi’s news President Joyce Banda and pledged U.S support to the impoverished southern African country.

In a statement issued by U.S State Department , Clinton said on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States,  she was “delighted”  to send best wishes to the people of Malawi on the 48th anniversary of  independence  from Great Britain which was commemorate don Friday, July 6.

Clinton observed that Banda, who came to power in April after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, her autocratic predecessor, Malawi has demonstrated “an impressive commitment to the rule of law and democracy.”

Malawi President Joyce Banda and Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Africa's two female presidents were captured as panellist at Frontiers in Development Forum in Washington, DC.

She said: “ President Banda is leading Malawi towards a bright future.”

Clinton said the United States is pleased to be a partner with Malawi “as we work to strengthen health, education, agriculture, energy, and environmental projects.”

The U.S Secretary of State added: “I am especially pleased that new steps have been taken to create an environment in which we could reinstate our partnership through the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact.”

She assured that the government and people of the United States stand with Malawi.

“I look forward to continuing to broaden and deepen this partnership,” she said, adding “We are committed to this relationship and to improving the future for both our people.”

President Banda has won hearts of the international community and Malawians for ditching “bad laws”, improving human rights, economic management and mending fences with major donors.

Former leader Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office on April 5 was widely criticised for a poor human rights record and mismanaging the economy.

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