Malawi President meets opposition leaders on ‘matters of national importance’

Malawi’s President Joyce Banda is meetings leaders of the country’s opposition political partis at her Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Nyasa Times has learnt. 

The meeting according to government is aimed at briefing the opposition leaders on a number of issues of national importance but no further details have been given.

The President, through Leader of the House in Parliament and Minister of Lands Henry Phoya extended the leaders who among them include John Tembo, president of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the youthful Atupele Muluzi, who leads the former ruling party United Democratic Front (UDF).

Both Tembo and Muluzi have since confirmed the meeting and the invitations which were sent on July 1, 2013.

The Leader of Opposition and President of the MCP John Tembo in  handshake with President Banda at a public function=
The Leader of Opposition and President of the MCP John Tembo in handshake with President Banda at a public function=

The letter advised each opposition leader to go to the meeting with one senior member of their parties.

“The purpose of the meeting is to afford Her Excellency the State President an opportunity to brief leaders of political parties in the country on a number of issues of national importance,” reads the letter signed by Phoya.

The meeting is scheduled to start 13.30 (Malawi time).

This is the second meeting by the President with leaders of the opposition after having met them over the Malawi-Tanzania border dispute.

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