Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi joined other retired and serving African Heads of State to a visit in Equatorial Guinea. The visit was broadcast on Equatorial Guinea national television.
Muluzi, who flew from South Africa where he is receiving treatment for his back-problem, was in the company of former Mozambican President Chissano, Benin President Thomas Boni and Africa’s longest ruler the Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
According to Muluzi, he went to attend a meeting for the group of of former African heads of state – Africa Forum whose chairman is Chissano.
Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004, said the forum was having a preparatory meeting ahead of its summit in Equatorial Guinea mid this year.
Africa Forum has built on the fact that today’s rulers will be the former rulers of the future. The purpose of the Forum is to benefit from the experience of former leaders to support Africa’s quest for development and stability and to use their wide range of local and international contacts for resource mobilization.
The former president says he remains under doctor’s monitoring but was keen to return back to Malawi soon, saying “home is always the best place to be. “
Muluzi, who is a goodwill ambassador and messenger of justice and human rights for Africa, will need to get doctor nod to return.
But doctors will decide when I should return,” he said.
Muluzi was conferred Champion of Freedom Award by the South Africa based Africa Heritage Society (AHS) which said it recognizes the former president as a claimant of the Champion of Freedom in honour of his contribution towards the peaceful democratization of Malawi.