Thursday, January 14, 2010

Malawi President back from Mozambique

Malawi President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika shakes hands with Army Commander Marko Chiziko upon arrival at KIA. Pic by Malawi Digest.

By Lucy Liponda

Malawi State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika is back in the country from the neighbouring Maputo, Mozambique where he attended the inauguration of his counterpart, Almando Emilio Guebuza.

His plane landed on Thursday afternoon at the Kamuzu International Airport in the administrative capital Lilongwe where thousands upon thousands of people welcomed the Malawian leader.

Senior government officials including Vice President Joyce Banda and his brother who is also Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Professor Peter Mutharika were at KIA to give the State President a befitting arrival.

Speaking about his trip to Mozambique, the State President said that he was impressed and pleased with the way the inauguration ceremony was organised.

Information gathered by Malawi Digest indicate that at least 7 current serving heads of state from within the southern Africa region including Malawi’s Bingu wa Mutharika.

The function was also attended by at least four retired former heads of state.

Guebuza, was being sworn in for a second term in office after a landslide victory in October last year. It is reported Frelimo won the election by a 75 per cent majority.

The opposition Renamo of Alfonso Dlakama has been protesting the outcome of the election citing massive irregularities however the ruling party and government have dismissed these allegations-Malawi Digest.

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