Ireland’s Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello begins a four-day visit to Malawi to see the impact of Ireland’s aid programme and will also pay his respects to the family of a Malawian woman — killed in Dublin.
Rudo Mawere’s body was found stuffed in a travel bag in January.
The 26-year-old student had been in Ireland for two years when she was murdered.
The Irish minister will give his condolences to Mawere’s relatives the trip to Malawi.
“Rudo’s untimely and tragic death shocked and saddened us all, and I wanted to take time during my visit in Malawi to personally convey that sympathy and support to the Mawere family,” said Costello, according to Irish Times.
Mawere was studying for a Diploma in Human Resources at the Business and Computer Training Institute at Parnell Square in Dublin. She also worked as a part-time cleaner at a hospital in Dublin.
The main suspect for her murder, Jasper Taruvinga Dube, was found dead in the UK a week later.
Minister Costello will meet communities benefitting from Irish Aid support to reduce hunger, tackle HIV and AIDS and improve agricultural productivity.
He will also host a regional consultation on the review of the White Paper on Irish Aid which will reflect the experience of partners in Africa.
“One in two people in Malawi lives below the poverty line, with most of the population relying on farming to make a living. The Irish Aid programme in Malawi is clearly focused on supporting small-holder farmers to improve yields and increase their incomes.
“We are funding research to develop more nutritious and robust crops and ensuring these gains are sustainable by supporting training for farmers in scientifically-proven techniques. We are working to improve farmers’ access to quality seeds and fertilisers and to domestic and international markets. Our ultimate aim is ensure that the most vulnerable families have access to nutritious food.”
Over the course of his visit, Minister Costello will meet senior Malawian politicians and representatives of missionary organisations and NGO partners, including Trócaire, Goal and Concern.