Barely a day after Minister of Finance Maxwell Mkwezalamba announced that government has with immediate effect suspended both internal and external travels by its officers, including President Joyce Banda, the official Malawi News Agency reports that the Malawi leader will on November 28 2013, deliver the keynote address at the 14th Session of the annual Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Lecture series.
Mkwezalamba told reporters that the suspension is one of the expenditure controls and accounting measures for the 2013/14 financial year by the government in line with current economic conditions and the need to improve on management of public funds.
Mkwezalamba said only trips government will allow are those that are critical or fully funded by other partners.
According to Mana report, Banda will deliver her lecture at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos .
Banda, the second female president in Africa, will focus on the lecture’s central theme, ‘Genuine Democracy: The Price and The Prize’.
In a statement, Coordinator General of the Foundation, Michael Anyiam-Osigwe said that Banda would also address the topic; ‘Leadership and the challenge of delivering appropriate dividends of democracy to the citizens’.
On the choice of Banda as the keynote speaker, Anyiam- Osigwe said, “Banda has shown herself as an exemplary leader among her peers in Africa.
“Banda inherited a country in total mess and within a short period she is turning around the fortunes of the country. She is restoring hope to Malawians who have been despondent.
“She has focused her programmes and policies on tackling the problem of poverty and infrastructural deficit since she assumed leadership one and half years ago.
“Malawians can see steady and remarkable progress; Banda knows what she wants for her people and what her priorities are. Even when the country seems not to have the means in terms of money, Banda is focused and determined to turn around the fortunes of her country.”