By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
The visiting President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa who arrived in the country on Wednesday, 31st May, 2023 for a 3-day State Visit, on Thursday, 1st June, 2023 paid homage to the late first President of Malawi, Hastings Kamuzu Banda at his mausoleum, next to Parliament Buildings in the Capital Lilongwe, where he laid a wreath in honor of the fallen hero.
During the State Banquet that was hosted by President Chakwera on Wednesday at Kamuzu Palace, Mnangagwa described late Kamuzu as an inspirational figure to many generations in the fight for freedom of their countries including Zimbabwe.
“It was through the determination of nationalists such as the founding President of the Republic of Malawi, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, that inspired generation of freedom fighters in my country and including myself to take up arms and fight for liberation and independence sovereignty of Zimbabwe.” Said Mnangagwa.
Before paying tribute to Kamuzu Mausoleum, President Mnangagwa visited Malawi Parliament, few meters away from the mausoleum accompanied by the country’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima.
After his visit at the Malawi Parliament, President Mnangagwa planted a tree representing the growth and development of the institution as well as the enduring bond between Malawi and his country.
Speaking after Mnangagwa visited the Parliament, First Deputy Speaker of Malawi Parliament, Madalitso Kazombo said the visit is an honor to Malawi.
“Their coming here is to show that we share same cultural values, and they came to Parliament to see what we do as Parliament. It is an honor to Malawi, it is just cementing the relationship which is there between Malawi and Zimbabwe,” Said Kazombo.
Earlier in the morning, Mnangagwa graced the gathering of Zimbabwean nationals residing in Malawi at Mtunthama State Lodge.
President Mnangagwa is expected to jointly visit the Southern Region with President Chakwera to appreciate the Cyclone Freddy recovery process.