Zambia: President of Zambia, Mozambique Visit Malawi – ‘Shire-Zambezi Waterway On Agenda’

Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi jet in Malawi on Monday but Malawi government officials have kept under key and lock details of the visit.

A statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet says Lungu and Nyusi will arrive in Malawi on Monday morning with the Zambian leader arriving at 7:30 am and the Mozambican president 30 minutes later.

The statement says both the Presidents will spend all day long at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and will leave Malawi later in the day.

It is expected that the three presidents, including President Peter Mutharika will discuss issues to do with Shire Zambezi Water Waterway project, a dream project of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, brother to Peter but has received huge opposition from Mozambique.

Malawi, a land locked country, relies on Mozambique’s ports of Nacala and Beira for its imports as road transport is extremely expensive.

The three leaders are also expected to discuss issues of the growing number of refugees coming to Malawi following skirmishes between the ruling Frelimo and rebels Renamo.

Maputo denies the over 12000 refugees in Malawi are fleeing the civil war, describing the asylum seekers as normal migrating economic fortune seekers.

The government of Malawi is describing the visit by Malawi’s neighboring presidents as “private.”

SOURCE: Nyasa Times