SADC pledges support in ending Malawi woes

Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) has pledged to continue the Malawi government with an aim of bailing out Malawi from various challenges the country is currently facing.

The message has been passed through the Executive Secretary of the Committee Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomao who visited the country on Monday to pay the last respect to the fallen Malawi leader Bingu wa Mutharika.

“You know that we are a family as SADC member states, we came over and myself as Executive Secretary of SADC to pay our respect to the state president and to convey our message of support but at the same time to express our sympathy and condolence due to death of his Excellency professor Bingu wa Mutharika,”  Salomao told Nyasa Timesafter paying last respect to Mutharika.

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He also revealed that SADC is fully behind and feeling the pains due to the challenges Malawi as a nation is facing therefore pledging continues support.

But he could not highlight on what issues his committee will act on in helping Malawi which is in serious financial woes.

“I don’t think that at this point in time it is proper to come out with the specific issues” he said.

“Some of them can be overcome in a short term; some of them can only be overcome in a medium or long term” he added.

He said the lobby from SADC as an Office and SADC member state is critical as it is required to serve Malawi.

Malawi economy started deteriorating when the Malawi government under the leadership of Professor Bingu wa Mutharika desperately adopted the famous Zero deficit budget.

This happened after the deportation of British Envoy to Malawi Cochrane Dyte and the sour relationship with foreign donors.

Donors pulled out accusing late Mutharika’s government of abusing human rights, passing of bad laws and poor leadership of the country in general.

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