Is Malawi Prepared to Host AU Summit?
As Malawi expects to host the African Union summit in June this year, the AU delegation was in Lilongwe last week to assess the country’s preparedness.
Among others, the team assessed lodging facilities ahead of the 19th ordinary AU summit to be held in capital city, Lilongwe.
“Yes we can confirm that the team was in the country and it has since left,” said Golie Nyirenda spokesperson for the AU Malawi office.
The team’s visit came hot on the heels of mounting debate if Malawi is justified to host the summit in the wake of its sick economy that has been characterized by shortage of fuel and forex.
One of the people against the idea of hosting the summit is Vice President Joyce Banda.
“With this economic crisis the country is experiencing we cannot afford the luxury of hosting the summit. I would appeal to the President to think twice so that we save the money and use it to solve some of the problems the country is facing,” the Vice President told zodiak online.
But government has maintained that it will go ahead with the meeting, saying Malawi stands to benefit from hosting the summit.
The summit will be held at the newly constructed Bingu International Conference hotel.
Among others, the summit will finalize election of the secretariat of the African Union.
A vote to fill up the post produced no clear winner between incumbent Jean Ping, of Gabon, and South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the last summit in Ethiopia. —Zodiak Online
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