Malawi ex-pres Muluzi appointed Commonwealth envoy, APM endorses

Malawi former president Bakili Muluzi  has been appointed  Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland an appointment which President Peter Mutharika has endorsed and pledged support.

Muluzi reportedly informed President Mutharika about his appointment after he received the letter from Commonwealth secretary general Kamalesh Sharma.

The former president who governed Malawi from 1994 to 2004 said he was “grateful” to President Mutharika who wished him well and pledged to “ do whatever he can do to support my work.”

Muluzi:  Now Commonwealth envoy

Muluzi: Now Commonwealth envoy

In the letter of appointment dated July 10 2014, Sharma says Muluzi is expected to follow up on the recommendations of the Commonwealth Observer Mission (COM) he led during the September 2013 elections.

Reads the letter: “Swaziland is a valued member of the Commonwealth and using our trusted partner status, we have continued to support efforts towards establishing institutions and encouraging processes that are in conformity with the fundamental political values and principles of the Commonwealth.

“It is clear to us that the current situation in that country is a challenging one and that there are important issues to be addressed. Your own role as chair of the COM, your personal knowledge of the historical, political and cultural dynamics of Swaziland, your stature as a senior leader and your personal rapport with stakeholders in the country and the region, make you very well suited to take forward the Commonwealth’s engagement at this juncture.”

Muluzi, expected to discuss with His Majesty King Mswati III and his government officials the need for the kingdom to conduct 2018 elections in a better conformity with Commonwealth and international standards, feels his new role is “a great honour” to  him personally and to Malawi as a nation.

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