President of Malawi condemns “unfortunate” coup in Sudan as “no

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Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi, who is also currently President of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from Dubai. He hailed Malawi and Zambia as “examples of what democracy is”. Chakwera insisted that overall, “democracy is consolidating” on the continent, despite “erratic events”, referring to recent coups in Mali, Guinea and now Sudan. He described such beatings as “not in the African way”.

In an interview with AXADLETM, Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi and President of SADC, condemned Monday’s military coup in Sudan, stressing that it was “not the African way” to handle disputes. He regretted that such coups were back in fashion “in parts” of the continent, but cited recent elections in Zambia and his country as examples of democratic progress.

Our guest said he was optimistic about the upcoming COP26 climate summit, despite warnings that it may not be successful. He added that climate change was a “matter of life and death” for poor and landlocked Malawi.

Malawi President said he fully agrees with South African Cyril Ramaphosa that there is “vaccine apartheid” on Covid-19 hits, demanding “equal access” for countries poor. He questioned the wisdom of having millions of doses of vaccines in rich countries while the rest of the world is dying from Covid-19.

Chakwera, who currently chairs SADC (Southern African Development Community), expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Eswatini, the small country formerly known as Swaziland. He stressed that “the democratic aspirations of the people must be respected” and urged the absolute monarch, King Mswati III, to “respect the will” of his subjects.

Finally, the President of Malawi expressed concern about the situation in northern Mozambique, which is fighting a jihadist insurgency with the help of SADC and Rwandan troops, but said he was “very confident” that the case would be resolved.

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