President Peter Mutharika has delegated former president Bakili Muluzi to represent him at Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Lusaka next week.
A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Cooperation addressed to BCA Hill Residence chief of staff says it has pleased the President to delegate the ex-leader to the event to be held on Friday, October 24.
Confirming the development in an interview on Thursday, Muluzi expressed happiness for the gesture, saying he had accepted to travel to Lusaka to represent the President.
Muluzi commended Mutharika for demonstrating a spirit of reaching out to the other sectors of society on political, governance and economic issues of our country.
The former president also said by inviting presidential candidates in the May 20 Tripartite Elections for a round-table discussion recently, Mutharika has shown that he is ready to work with everybody for the good of the country.
“This is very commendable. I urge the President to also consider including members of Parliament (MPs) from other political parties in his delegations outside the country whenever resources are available,” he said.
Added Muluzi: “There is need to give some of these MPs exposure opportunities because they are new. But I know that this can only be possible if there is money. ”
Muluzi, who was recently appointed Malawi’s Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland, met President Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the former head of state briefed the incumbent on the progress of mediation talks on the democratic process taking place in Swaziland.