LMC speaks on Covid-19 guidelines defiance in TZ


By Mandy Potani 

President Lazarus Chakwera (LMC) has said his failure to adhere to some of the Covid-19 precautionary measures like wearing a face mask during his recent trip to Tanzania was among other reasons in solidarity with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli, who for several months now has publicly declared his country coronavirus-free.

In his 12th weekly radio address yesterday, Chakwera said he was also assured of the negative status of his delegation and that of the hosting delegation, adding the former underwent rigorous testing before departure.


The President added that, despite the assurance, they religiously observed other preventive protocols like social distancing throughout the visit.

“In short, we did not wear masks for the same reason we do not wear masks in our homes…The second reason is that I wanted to build solidarity with President Magufuli by showing him that I trust him.

One way of showing that you trust another person is to place yourself in a position of vulnerability and allowing the other person to keep you safe,” Chakwera said.


He said the gesture was also important as Malawi endeavours to mend the bruises that have existed between its KiSwahili-speaking neighbouring nation.

There has been simmering tension between Malawi and Tanzania in recent years following reports that the northern part of Lake Malawi which cuts into the latter might have oil deposits.

“I believe that this was the right way to build bridges with our Tanzanian brothers and sisters. Of course, as a precaution, I have still ordered that all of us who went to Tanzania be tested and monitored closely and that strict observance of mask-wearing continue to be enforced around us,” Chakwera said.

On his arrival from the trip Wednesday, some quarters criticised the President for failing to lead by example of sticking to the locally gazetted Covid-19 precautionary measures in the foreign land. As of yesterday, Malawi had registered 5,821 Covid-19 positive cases, with cumulative 4,644 recoveries as cases remain on a downward spiral.

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