Malawi President arrives to a rousing welcome

Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika arrived home Sunday afternoon from United States of America where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly and also held talks with prospective investors.

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The Malawi leader returned to a warm welcome from thousands of Malawians who gathered at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

The airport was filled with people from all walks of life; with some wearing ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regalia and others hoisted boards with welcoming messages.

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The crowd was particularly excited when they caught a glimpse of the plane that carried Prof Mutharika. And ululations and cheering echoed as the Malawi leader alighted from the plane.
The Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, Heads of foreign missions to Malawi,  ministers, parliamentarians, senior government officials and business captains also took time off their busy schedule to welcome Prof. Mutharika.

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The Malawi leader has since thanked Malawians for the thunderous welcome accorded to him and the First Lady Dr Gertrude Mutharika at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

In his speech to the General Assembly titled “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World”, Mutharika reiterated the need for Malawi to find and nurture home-grown solutions to problems in line with the global development agenda.

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“I also attended to other equally important assignments on the sidelines of the UNGA of which one was the signing of The Paris Agreement on climate change. This is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.

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“Throughout the whole month I have been in the United States I held meetings with scores of investors who intend to come and set up businesses in our economy. This is a positive development because more foreign direct investment translates to creation of sustainable jobs for our youth, expansion of the tax base and improved livelihoods for the population.

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“Lastly, on the many unfounded rumours that occupied the national discourse about my health, I request all Malawians to develop a culture of investing our energies on positive matters that will help us develop as a nation.

“Thank you again for the warm welcome. May God bless our great nation of Malawi,” wrote Mutharika on his official facebook page on Sunday.