Former Malawi President hails Zim development pace

By Tichaona Kurewa

FORMER Malawi President, Dr Joyce Banda has been impressed by Zimbabwe’s pace of development, judging by various infrastructural projects being implemented by the Second Republic..

Dr Banda was speaking to ZBC News at the Victoria Falls International Airport this Sunday, ahead of her attendance of a ground breaking ceremony for various community projects in Hwange on Monday.

The projects are being spearheaded by Southern African Development Initiators.

Speaking at the Victoria Falls International Airport, Dr Banda said she is impressed that Zimbabwe, is pressing on with development.

“This world exaggerates stuff. When you come to Zimbabwe, you are impressed by the efforts being made by the government, starting with infrastructure. For me, as an outsider, when I see what I see, I appreciate that this government is trying against all odds; I’m impressed with what I see,” she said.

The visiting former head of state also called for unity among Southern African countries.

“I find it extremely difficult to separate Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia because I am home. I believe that these countries are close together, they should be working together. Thank God that President Mnangagwa and President Lazarus Chakwera are doing the best they can to look at not only political diplomacy but economic diplomacy. Why I think this is important, we don’t eat politics, we need development, these two Presidents have  decided that they are going to create a conducive space for all of us to work together and thrive,” she added.

Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Richard Moyo said the province was honoured to have such a high profile visitor.

“It means a lot for the leadership in Matabeleland North, we are very happy and we welcome Malawi’s Former President to Matabeleland North and we want to the Second Republic for inviting the Former President to come to our province,” said Moyo.

Dr Banda served as Malawi President between 2012 and 2014 following the death of the then President Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika