Mutharika invites Tanzania’s Kikwete to Malawi: Lake row to be resolved

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has invited Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete to visit Malawi to cement the bonds of good relationship between the two neighbouring countries and   resolve the wrangle between the two countries over Lake Malawi ownership.

Since the wrangle began following Malawi’s prospecting for oil in Lake Malawi through an international firm, Surestream, there have been speculations of the two countries planning to go to war over who owns the African’s third largest lake.

Soon after the exploration of oil and gas began on Lake Malawi, Tanzanian authorities asked Malawi government to stop exercise on the northeast of the lake until the matter is resolved.

Mutharika invites Kikwete (r) to visit Malawi
Mutharika invites Kikwete (r) to visit Malawi

Mutharika has reiterated that the two countries are long time allies that should always maintain that cordial friendship.

“We are related, we are one people with close relations that have extended for many years. Our tribes exist in both sides of our borders,” said Mutharika in an invitation.

President Mutharika said Tanzania is a home to him and he studied at the University of Dar es Salaam even before Kikwete joined the institution.

According to the invitation, President Mutharika told his counterpart that he would be privileged to eat Tulapia Chambo fish with Kikwete at the shore of Lake  Malawi which is also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania.

“I assumed office in difficult ways and it has not been easy for me to visit some neighbouring countries,” said Mutharika.

Kikwete has thanked Mutharika for the invitation apologizing that he was not able to attend his swearing-in ceremony because of the abrupt nature of the announcement.

“On behalf of Tanzanians I would like to congratulate you, Your Excellency for the victory and the big respect that people of Malawi have given you,” says Kikwete.

President Mutharika was sworn-in as Malawi president after the Malawi Electoral Commission was time constrained to start a vote recount following allegations of vote rigging in during May elections.

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