JB pats Kikwete for regional peace amid Lake row

By Banthu Times Chief Reporter

New SADC Chairperson and Malawi President Dr Joyce Banda put on brave face when she congratulated Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete for championing peace, democracy and security in the SADC region despite the two country’s strained relations arising from the lake border row.

Dr Banda said this in her acceptance speech as the new SADC Chair at 33rd session SADC Heads of State and Government summit in the Capital City Lilongwe on Saturday.

“The people of Malawi, SADC member states and I congratulate President Kikwete for maintaining for peace, democracy and security during his tenure as Chairperson of SADC Troika organ on Politics, Security and Defence,” Dr Banda said.

The border row, which is more than 40 years old, resurfaced after Malawi discovered Oil in the Lake.

Malawi claims sovereignty over the entire Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest, based on the Helgoland Treaty, a colonial relic, while Tanzania claims under international law it is entitled to over 50 percent of the Lake.

Mediation efforts by SADC former Heads of States hit a snag and Malawi has now referred the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).image

  • banthutimes

    For the first time in the history of SADC we are going to have a people centered regional body. The issue of integration will make more sense now that we have a people centered Chairperson. VIVA SADC! Bravo JB