Muluzi back, encourages good governance

By Dennis Chirwa, Nyasa Times

Malawi’s first multi-party president Bakili Muluzi arrived back home from South Africa where he was receiving treatment on Saturday.

Muluzi’s plane touched down at Chileka airport soon after 12 noon.

Addressing members of the press, the retired president who has of lat been using a walking stick due to his back problem, said he was grateful for the Champion of Freedom Award he received in South Africa by the African Heritage Society (AHS).

The society also appointed him goodwill ambassador and messenger of prosperity, justice, democracy, human rights and respect of rule of law in Africa.

Muluzi: Back, feeling better

“They (AHS) will set up an office here which will help facilitate my work…….this is important because we as Africans must realise that African problems can first be solved by Africans,” said Muluzi.

He also added that good governance was a key to better economy for African countries.

On his health, the ailing former President  who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004 said he was feeling much better than he was before he went to Cape Town.

He did not make any comment on the political situation in the country.

While in South Africa Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid a courtesy call to Muluzi.

Hundreds of people thronged Chileka airport and upon being seen people clapped hands as Muluzi, who waved at the crowd, was about to enter his black Land Rover registration number ‘BM’.

A long convoy covering close to a kilometre escorted Muluzi from the airport. Along the road some onlookers were seen wearing yellow t shirt while other vehicles blared horns and others flashed lights upon seeing the former leader.

Muluzi went to South Africa in May after a long battle with government in court which refused to sponsor his trip. It took President Bingu wa Mutharika to order that government to sponsors his trip as per his constitutional requirement.

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