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.