Mugabe, Zuma hail Malawi for successfully hosting SADC summit

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and his counterpart Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Sunday hailed Malawi for successfully hosting the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit.

Briefing reporters at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) before departing for Zimbabwe, Mugabe said he was convinced with the way the summit was conducted as almost all issues that were on the agenda were discussed.

Mugabe also said he was happy to witness President Dr. Joyce Banda assuming the Chairmanship of SADC which he said was an indication of progress in the region.

“The fact that Malawi has assumed the chairmanship of SADC shows progress in terms of fairing positions headed by men and women,” he explained.

Malawin President Joyce Banda now SADC Chair
Malawin President Joyce Banda now SADC Chair

Mugabe further said among the agendas that we tabled during the summit was the issue of regional integration where he said business should be thoroughly conducted with all member states within the region.

“We want peace in our region, there should be progress amongst SADC Member States, people should be free to operate businesses within the region and there should be development in the sectors of infrastructure, agriculture and industry and trade,” said the Zimbabwe leader.

He also said the meeting discussed about the issues of peace in countries like Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

“We heard a report by His Excellency Jikaya Kikwete of Tanzania on the situation in Madagascar and from what we gathered from the report I can assure you that things are being soughed out and solutions are being developed,” Mugabe said.

On his part President Zuma said it is encouraging now that for the first time SADC is now being headed by a female leader.

“With the accession to SADC chairmanship of President Banda, SADC has shown its commitment to put both men and women in good positions,” he said.

Malawi was hosting the SADC heads of states summit from the August 17 – 18. During the summit, President Banda ascended to the Chairperson of the summit

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