Magufuli hands Mutharika promise of good relationship between Tanzania and Malawi: Lake dispute , ‘spies’ standoff  to be cooled off

Malawi President Peter Mutharika’s mission to forge a good  diplomatic relationship with his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli   appeared to bear some fruits on Monday as the two leaders held discussions  on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa that even saw the pair hold hands and uttered cordial words.

Unity of purpose: Presidents of Tanzania and Malawi with their Foreign Ministers join hands to tout good relationship

President Magufuli and President Mutharika: We are cool like that

Magufuli greets Malawi ambassador to Ethiopia , Chimango Chirwa

Mutharika hugs Magufuli after talks

State House officials have put under lock and key the outcome of the meeting which was held in camera.

However, they showed pictures of Mutharika and Magufuli holding hands in a photo opportunity  at the discussions.

A video clip also emerged with both leaders sloganeering starting with Magufuli saying “Malawi woyee!” and Mutharika reciprocated by saying “Tanzania woyee!”.

Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalilani said from Addis Ababa that following the meeting,  it is expected President Mutharika and President Magufuli will forge “a fantastic relationship.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Francis Kasaila also told Nyasa Times that the discussion represent a “diplomatic success” between the two countries.

Tanzania presidential spin doctor Gerson Msigwa said the relationship between the neighbours “is going to get on very well”

The discussions are taking place as relationship between Malawi and Tanzania continue to be strained following Tanzania’s decision to claim ownership of Lake Malawi – which is potentially rich in oil and gas.

Malawi disputes Tanzania’s claim to half the lake – Africa’s third biggest.

But Malawi government officials said this issue is not on the agenda at the African Union summit.

Malawi also arrested a group of Tanzanians accused of spying on Kayelekera Uranium mine in Karonga.

The matter is in court.

Meanwhile, Mutharika’s meeting with Magufuli comes at the back of tight scheduled for the Malawian leader.

Presidential spokesman Kalilani confirmed that President Mutharika knocked off late on day 1 of assignments at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Among the assignments the President attended included  the closed session of the AU Heads of State and Governments, the opening ceremony of the summit and later a bilateral meeting with President Magufuli.

The AU summit  opened under the theme suggested by Malawi: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.”

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres was present at the summit opening.

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15 thoughts on “Magufuli hands Mutharika promise of good relationship between Tanzania and Malawi: Lake dispute , ‘spies’ standoff  to be cooled off”

  1. Richard Soko says:

    Malawians do not be deceived by outcomes from sideline meetings between two heads of states. Much of that is for the camera. Diplomatic relations are between states and not between heads of states. It is folly for anyone to conclude that because Mutharika shook hands with Magufuli then everything is fine. Those who are old enough please revisit the meetings between Kamuzu Banda and Samora Macheal of Mozambique.

  2. TRUTH says:

    I for one cannot be easily convinced on this issue. Malawians are easily taken up. Please digest before you believe anything. Do not trust tanzania. You will regret. Wait and see

  3. kamangadazi says:

    Are those hugs,smiles & hand shakes real? Were they coming from DEEP down of their hearts?

  4. Leonidas Kabugumila says:

    Such cordial presidential encounter is most welcome by citizens our two nations.
    We know the Malawi Lake border case is there to be compromised logically and not forcibly.
    The nearby lake dwellers on both sides want to use the waters of the lake as one of their inelianable rights.
    So the border should justifiably be at the centre of the lake.

  5. penya says:

    what happens in public on this is just for the PR. TZ must recall all the offensive maps she published.

  6. Zondiwe says:

    Yahya Jameh, what you have written about Likoma Island and Malawi Army soldiers fighting Mozambique soldiers is not true. Ask the Elders who were there when things happened and they will guide you..

    1. Ntumbuka says:

      In 1970 there was no Mozambique…..kkkkkkkkk

  7. chikutumbwe says:

    Dear Malawians, lets sometimes apreciate the deeds of our leaders regardless the negative attitudes we have in minds. Always I will grill,grill,grill grill what? Instead of uniting and forge aheard you are just thinking of bad vocabullary against your elected constitutionally leaders. Wait for your time we will grill you as well. What type of Malawi are you trying to create without love and mercy. Basi mukangotumizidwa kunja kukangophunzirako pang’ono kubwera kuno kuyamba phokoso I will grill you I will grill you grill what? Go and grill your families. Malawians dont like grilling one another but sitting down together disscuss amecablly and find the solution. Ifetu aMalawi zomwe mabungwe enanu mumanena pa radio kuti mumatiimilira ife sitikukudziwani. Mukakumana ndi mfumu imodzi yopepela mumati mwakomana ndi amalawi onse. Alipo mafumu anzeru atamvetsetsa zolinga zanu potengere ndi dzikolathu lamalawimmeneliliriakhonza kukulangizani za kusafunikira kwa timabungwe tanu tobera ndalama kunjato. Mungalembe list yamtundu wanji ya amalawi omwe munakomana nawo kuwafunsa maganizo awo. Watchout donors to these other non-Governmental organisations, They are writting faulse reports about their projects. What they say is not what we Malawians are or think about.Dont take us Malawians for granted.

  8. Yahya Jammeh says:

    Both Nyasa Times and some commentators on this forum have no ability to analylize politicians. Politicians are funny characters, they use diplomacy to fool the outside world. So, the hugs and smiles may not necessarily what they mean in really, but rather the opposite. If you follow the politics of Tanzania, parliament is more powerful than the President while in Malawi it is the opposite. Therefore, while Magufuli may show wide smiles, he has no power to take a decision before parliament approved. Once pressure mounts on him to continue demanding part of Lake Malawi that’s when you will know the true colours of Tanzanians. AU summit is not the right forum to discuss the Lake Malawi dispute, they can create one which they have not been able to do in the past even the mediators, Chisano and team have proven irrelevant despite claiming huge sums of money in allowances which you and me are paying them for the job not done. The only credible institution to end this matter squarely is the international criminal court. Some indicated that Kamuzu contact and dialogue policy was effective. While I agree with him, Kamuzu never rules out the use of military force. He order then Malawi Army to fight Mozambican soldiers in the 70’s in order to take back Likoma Island which Mozambique was claiming it belonged to it. Sometimes we have to use radical means to get things done.

  9. ayam kassim says:

    This is the diplomacy we wanted! Osati zomangoyenda kwa T/A Ngongoliwa. Contact and dialogue irons out misunderstandings brought in by “bad reporting of our journalists” (just rephrasing Rev Makondesa’s words). For once ndiyamikireko young Ngongoliwa for meeting Magufuli. That’s the way to go boy! keep it up!

  10. Wanzeru wa kumpoto says:

    As far as am concerned you can not trust a swahili(tanzanian). They may be under pressure because of their people who are being prosecuted here. Let us make sure we guard what belongs to us jelously including using any means possible. Let us not disappoint the generations to come just because of unsatisfactory reasons like greed and lack of determination amongst our current leaders. If lake Malawi belongs to us why is it that starting from independence our security men were and are not able to patrol it up to the shores of Tanzania because thats where the border is. We have heard that our fishermen have been arrested or physically assorted by the Mozambican security officers when found in Mozambican waters. Why is it that we have not heard of the same with Tanzanian fishermen. I am happy with what we see at Chilumba Jetty but such kind of excercises must be extended to the shores of Tanzania just to show that we really own the whole part of that lake and that we mean it. Our men in uniform must be armed to the teeth with good equipment in addition to good training water warfare. Please stop stealling government money to fund parties in government instead invest such funds in equiping our men in uniform. Imagine funds stollen by Bakili(Billions), Bingu(Billions), Amayi Banda(Billions), Peter(Billions koma sanathe) such funds apart from building roads and hospitals could push our army to be amongst the best equiped in Africa. Please don’t trust Tanzanians because they were born crooks, they behave crooked and die crooked. There is no straight line for them because it does not exist in their mathematic language Period

  11. Tonkhwetonkhwe says:

    Kodi ndifunse nawo, a President athuwa pa chithunzi agwirana chanza ndi President Magufuli po, tiziti kumwetulira kumeneku? Ayi ndithu smile inavuta pamenepa!

  12. Gwezenga says:

    APM smile yakeyo ngati yachule wamdambo.

  13. popapo says:

    As much as am not an admirer of Dr Banda but his sense of contact and dialogue is indisputable. With all the unfounded stories that TZ is ready to go to war or that Malawi is ready to defend its territory, all that is water under the bridge as of yesterday. Our Journalist may you further start writing articles that will move with this trend that the two Presidents have embarked on. Kyala Nkota !

  14. Good Samaritan says:

    A very good start APM. Every journey starts with a step as such, you are a step ahead
    contact and dialog is all we can do to re-unite our two states. Thumbs up to our leaders.
    that’s the way to go.

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