Malawi Vice President back from SADC summit

Malawi’s Vice President Everton Herbert Chimulirenji has returned home from Tanzania where he attended the 39th Ordinary Summit of Sadc Heads of State and Government.

Chimulirenji represented President Peter Peter Mutharika who did not manage to attend the summit amid escalating political tension in the Southern African country.

He landed this morning at Kamuzu International Airport in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

The SADC summit was held in Dar es Salaam, from 16th to 20th August 2019.

The Summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community, ultimately making it the policy-making institution of SADC. It is made up of all SADC Heads of States or Government.

The 39th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government was held under the theme; A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-Regional Trade, and Job Creation.

President Mutharika is yet to go on a foreign trip months after being re-elected in the disputed May 21 elections whose results are being challenged in court by Malawi Congress Party-MCP and United Transformation Movement-UTM.

MCP’s Dr Lazarus Chakwera and Dr Saulos Chilima of UTM are challenging the legitimacy of Mutharika in court and seek nullification of results of the Presidential election.

Millions of Malawians have been taking to the streets, demanding the immediate resignation of Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC Justice Jane Ansah for allegedly failing to manage free, fair and credible elections.

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