JB gets kudos for rejecting war: Pictorial focus

President Joyce Banda has been applauded by Malawi and Tanzania press for pursuing a non-confrontation approach in the ongoing Lake Malawi (Nyasa) border dispute.

Malawi’s two daily newspaper, The Nation and Daily Times, in their editorial comments hailed President Banda for engaging in peaceful dialogue and being level-headed in the dispute.

“President Banda has taken the best route of not being confrontational, but choosing to engage in dialogue with our Tanzanian brothers to resolve the issue diplomatically and amicably,” read an editorial in the Daily Times.

“War, by its nature, is evil and there can be huge human, social and economical losses between the two countries should it happen. War can bring a lot of irreparable complications between Malawi and Tanzania and there could be no hero at the end of the day,” the paper said.

While The Nation editorial comment said: “We urge the President to be firm in her stand over the lake at the same time keeping in mind that war is not the answer.”

The Tanzania media has also heaped praised on President Banda.

President Banda and Leader of Opposition John Tembo

Tanzania Daily News in its editorial noted that the Malawi leader “made encouraging remarks” for saying that her country will not go to war with Tanzania.

Here are some of the pictures of President Banda on departure to Mozambique where she will attend a two-day summit of the Southern African Development Community, which begins Friday.

Banda was given a send off by many government officials including Malawi opposition leaders who had just met her to be briefed on the border dispute.

Joyce Banda saying good byee .-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana
Bon voyage: The Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Speaker Chimunhtu Banda and other politicians bid farewell to President Banda-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana
George Nga Ntafu also was there-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana
inspecting Guard of honor before departing for Mozambique-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana
Gwanda Chakuamba was captured at KIA sseing off the head of state-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana
President Banda bidding farewell to opposition chief John Tembo-Photo by Lissa Vintulla, Mana

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