Malawi Presidet Bingu wa Mutharika finally met his Zambian counterpart Michael Sata on Saturday night and they hugged, had a friendly chat since the former’s deportation from that country in 2007, The Post newspaper of Zambia reported on Monday.
The paper said the meeting of the two happened at South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) 100th anniversary eve dinner hosted in honour of foreign dignitaries.
As President Mutharika, who arrived late for the dinner, walked past where the Zambian head of state sat at the VIP table, President Sata stood up and the duo – previously regarded as enemies – hugged, exchanged “kind words” and laughed, according to the paper.
The Post reported that after they hugged, President Sata asked Mutharika that “kumunzi kuli bwanji? How is the village?” and the Malawian leader responded: “kuli bwino. Nanga mubwela liti? The village is okay. When are you coming (to Malawi)?”
President Sata is reported to have told Mutharika that “tizamu uzani. We will tell you.”
Malawi Information Minister Patricia Kaliati wnt on her kneels before President Sata with a wide smile spread across her faces, the posted picture shows.
Mutharika’s government unceremoniously deported President Sata, when he was opposition leader from Malawi in 2007.
President Sata said after meeting former president Bakili Muluzi recently that he has since forgiven President Mutharika.