Malawi President Peter Mutharika leaves the country for Zimbabwe tomorrow to attend the Sadc Summit where he is expected to hand over the chairmanship to Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe.
In his message ahead of the trip, the president commends Sadc for playing a key role in the 20 May tripartite elections which he won.
“Sadc’s timely interventions contributed to the polls being declared free, fair, credible and transparent. As you may recall, the elections were marred by accusations of irregularities which had the potential to cause political unrest which would in turn threaten our young democracy,” Mutharika wrote on his facebook page.
He said Sadc’s intervention contributed to the success of the polls signalling the progress that the group is making in promoting democracy in the region.
“I am also excited that the new Sadc Council of Minister Chairperson who is also Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told the world that Sadc should be proud that it contributed positively towards the creation of a peaceful and stable environment during our elections.
As a group we have come a long way because of our collective commitment. Let’s work together to make this region a better place for everyone to live in,” he said.