Mutharika misses at crucial AU summit, Malawi ex-president Joyce Banda attends

President Peter Mutharika was conspicuously missing at the African Union  (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as he battles for his political career following nullification of Constitutional Court nullification of his re-election, a matter which he is appealing at Supreme Court.

Joyce Banda  speaking at the meeting in Ethiopia
Joyce Banda with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the summit
Joyce Banda at the meeting in Ethiopia
Joyce Banda greeting South Afrcian President Cyril  Ramaphosa at the meeting in Ethiopia
Joyce Banda at the meeting in Ethiopia

The Constitutional Court ruling for a fresh election in July has shocked the 79-year-old president who has not been seen in public since the judgment was delivered last week.

Also missing on the agenda at the AU summit which ended on Monday is Malawi’s political crisis which threatens the country’s fragile democracy and its weak economy.

Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) has unanimously elected President Paul Kagame as the new chairperson of one its new agencies that will drive the continent towards vision 2063.

Kagame was elected chairperson of African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC).

Former president Joyce Banda attended the meetings and has been making key contributions and engaging stakeholders.

The AUDA-NEPAD is an integral component of the AU which brings both institutions together to work effectively, and Kagame said it’s everyone’s duty to make it happen.

The election that was held at the 37th HSGOC session also came with the Launch of Africa Innovation Outlook III and launch of Agenda 2063 report which was presented by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

This was alongside the ongoing High-Level Forum at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where several African heads of state will draw security plans and negotiate implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

President Kagame will start his two year term as chairperson of HSGOC from 2020-2022, a job that he is familiar with as a former chairman of the AU.

“The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD looks forward to his great leadership and guidance,” NEPAD said in a statement.

In his acceptance remarks Kagame said the transformation of the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency into AUDA-NEPAD is affirmation that NEPAD is the right vehicle to drive transformation on the continent.

“I can only pledge to do my best, in concert with all of you, to uphold this organ’s founding principles,” President Kagame said.

The Africa Agenda 2063 has seven aspirations and overall continent aspirations stand at 33%.

The seven aspirations include: A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development; politically integrated continent on ideals of Pan-Africanism and Africa renaissance; governance, democracy, respect of human rights and rule of the law; peaceful secure; strong cultural identity, reliance on an African potential; drive Africa as a strong and influential global partner.

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winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

ALL THOSE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY AFRICAN SO-CALLED LEADERS ARE JUST IN ETHIOPIA TO ENJOY THEMSELVES WITH LOVELY PROSTITUTES AND BEER WASTING PEOPLES’ MONEY WHILE BACK HOME CHILDREN AND OUR OLD PEOPLE ARE STARVING.JUST WAIT THESE CORRUPT SO-CALLED LEADERS WHEN THEY COME BACK HOME,WHAT THEY WILL BRING WITH THEM ARE BOTTLES OF HARD STAFF TO ENJOY BACK HOME WITH THEIR FRIENDS.SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mitengo
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Mitengo

Does APM attend AU meetings? I followed and only found him attending UNGA.

Bribery everywhere, magistrate, judges, MEC
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Bribery everywhere, magistrate, judges, MEC

JOICE BANDA IS DOING WELL TO REPRESENT MALAWI. LEGALLY, SHE IS THE TRUE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI. APM IS JUST ACTING AFTER THE STOLEN ELECTION. EVEN 2014 DIDNT GIVE US A LIGIT PRESIDENT AS PER 50+1 ACCORDING TO THE JUDGEMENT.
SO JOICE IS STILL OUR PRESIDENT

Andy
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Andy

And the tipexed mp honourable Lazarus to rise up and say a big No to his election.We are not young to be foolished by politics greed

Lego
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Was Chakwera’s tippexed to be an MP?

Mitengo
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Mitengo

Yes. It also transpired in court.

elicy ngwenya
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elicy ngwenya

ukupenga

Andy
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Andy

And the tipexed mp honourable Lazarus to rise up and say a big No to his election.We are young to be foolished by politics greed

Chimulirenji
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Chimulirenji

Right now nobody really cares what Joyce Banda does. She loves the spotlight and photo-ops but does nothing for Malawi. Malawians are focused on the events in Malawi and speculating on what our future holds…….our minds are on the New horizon ! So stop hero- worshipping for once!

lester
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lester

please dont tell us that we will start sseing this female criminal again eeeish. no work done

3February
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3February

Wakuba athawa yekha. He stole elections from JB. He cannot face her. He knew JB will be there. APM has issues. His behaviour is weird. He hatred , anger, resentment.

Renaisance man (Dr Eng)
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Renaisance man (Dr Eng)

He did not attend because AU meetings are just a talk shop. He will attend UNGA and other meetings that will bring development to Malawi. I wish him all the best as our current President. Well, if he loses in July, I will equally wish the then President al the best. What we must understand is that we are in this boat called “Malawi” together. If Mutharika does not perform, we all suffer. As for Joyce Banda, I wish her all the best. I hope her attendance will bring some much-needed development to the country.

Pachalo
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Pachalo

For once, Mr Tippex has made a wise choice! You cannot go and have a meeting with duly elected colleagues while back home a Coury has just nullified your election into high office!

Joni
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Joni

He has no mandate to represent us….that is why!!!

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