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SADC members urged to be united

By Joseph Chikalipo

Lilongwe, Mana: President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera Tuesday encouraged member states of Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be united as it was the pathway to achieving development.

He made the remarks during a banquet at Kamuzu Palace which he hosted for delegates on the first day of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government that taking place from January 11-12,2022.

Chakwera pointed out that as a region, members must value the African Philosophy of Ubuntu which basically advocates for togetherness.

Some of the delegates who partook the SADC banquet at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

“SADC is an important community and this meeting is affirming that it is possible as Africans to come together to solve our problems amicably because it helps in developing our region,” he said.

Some of the Cabinet Ministers who partook the SADC banquet at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

Essentially, the meeting aims at will reviewing progress of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) which was deployed to support Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism.

Ultimately, this will aid in advancing regional integration by promoting peace and prosperity.

President Chakwera, in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC, will chair the Extraordinary Summit.

The summit was initially scheduled to take place virtually from January 5 to 7, 2022.

Last year in August, Malawi hosted the 41st Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Lilongwe.

Some of the delegates at the SADC banquet at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

President Chakwera (c) flanked by First Lady Monica Chakwera (r) and SA President Cyril Ramaphosa (l) Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

One of the tables at the SADC Banquet at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

Chakwera (c) makes a speech at the SADC dinner, flanked by President Ramaphosa of SA (i) and First Lady (r) Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana