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Malawi asks Sadc boss to prioritise peace, security

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Rejoice Shumba

Malawi has challenged newly appointed Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi to prioritise peace and security in the region.

Magosi arrived in the country Tuesday and paid a courtesy call on President Lazarus Chakwera, who is Sadc Chairperson, and Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, who is Sadc Council of Ministers Chairperson.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Rejoice Shumba confirmed that there was a meeting between Magosi and Mkaka.

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“The Sadc Chairperson for the Council of Ministers, Honourable Mkaka, asked the new Executive Secretary to prioritise peace and security in the region because some member states are not enjoying peace and security,” Shumba said.

Shumba said Mkaka advised Magosi to execute his duties diligently because his successes would be Malawi’s successes and his failure would also be Malawi’s failure since Malawi would be chairing the regional bloc for the next one year.

Magosi was appointed during the 41st ordinary Sadc Summit for the Heads of State and Government which took place in August in Malawi.

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According to a statement from Sadc, Magosi was interested in discussing a range of issues bordering on promoting and deepening regional integration, cooperation and development.

Sadc is interested in accelerating implementation and achievement of its Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, which runs from 2020 to 2030, and the Sadc vision 2050.

This is Magosi’s first visit to a Sadc member state since his appointment.

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