Kenya’s president Kibaki makes last visit to Malawi before retiring in March


Kenya President Kibaki arrived in Malawi for a three-day official visit where he is expected to discuss trade and bilateral ties with Malawi leader Joyce Banda.

Presidents Banda and Kibaki are also expected to discuss the reopening of Malawi High Commission office in Nairobi which was closed 10 years ago.

President Joyce Banda and Vice President Khumbo Kachale welcomed President Kibaki, the third African president to visit Malawi since Mrs Banda took over office.

The Kenyan leader, who addressed an impromptu press conference at the airport, said Malawi was a good friend of Kenya.

“You will come to know the reasons why I am in this country. We will keep you informed,” he said.

According to Steve Nhlane, the presidential spokesperson, President Kibaki is expected to lay a wreath at Malawi first president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s mausoleum and also lay a foundation stone for a by-pass road.

Recently, President Banda announced plans by her government to reopen its high commission office in Nairobi as part of strengthening relations with Kenya.

The Malawi High Commission office was closed 10 year ago but property and structures remain intact

President Kibaki is a third African leader to visit Malawi after Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Benin President Yayi Boni.

The last time President Kibaki was in Malawi was during the funeral of President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012.

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