Muluzi jets into Zambia for two-day visit

Malawi‘s former president Bakili Muluzi on Wednesday arrived in Zambia to pay a two-day visit at invitation from President Michael Sata.

Muluzi, who left Chileka Airport in Blantyre aboard an Air Malawi ATR 42 plane, jetted in Lusaka at 11am through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

He was received by Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chishimba Kambwili and other government dignitaries including officials of ruling Patriotic Front.

Muluzi: In Zambia

Muluzi told his Joy Radio,  which also plans to broadcast its television  station from Zambia on satellite , that  he will hold talks with his host President Sata.

He described Sata as “closest friend “and “a brother”.


Muluzi, who retired as Malawi leader in 2004 after serving his official two five-year terms, said apart from congratulating President Sata on his September victory he would also pay homage to Zambia’s fallen leaders Levy Mwanawasa and Frederick Chiluba.

Mwanawasa died at the Percy military hospital near the French capital, Paris, on 19 August, 2008, two months after suffering a stroke while attending an African Union summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. He was 59.

His predecessor, Chiluba, died in Lusaka – aged 68 – after suffering from a chronic heart problem.

Muluzi, who could not attend Chiluba’s funeral because he was in hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, nursing his bad back, said he would condole with both the Chiluba and Mwanawasa families before laying wreaths on their tombs.

They are both buried close together in the hero’s acre in Lusaka.

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