Chakwera leaves for Kinshasa to discuss urgent regional security matters

By Cedric Nkungula

President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera leaves the country on Friday 19th January 2024 for Kinshasa to attend the inauguration of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President – elect Felix Tshisekedi.

A statement from Ministry of foreign Affairs says Chakwera and Tshisekedi will hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday 20th January 2024.

According to the statement, the two leaders are expected to hold urgent talks on regional security matters that affect Malawi Defence Force (MDF) troops currently deployed in peace keeping activities in Eastern DRC.

Chakwera and Tshisekedi

The statement says President Chakwera has temporarily suspended his public program of public engagements in the southern region to undertake the unscheduled trip to Kinshasa at the invitation of the DRC president.

“His Excellency the president is expected to depart for Kinshasa, DRC through Chileka Airport on Friday, 19th January 2024 at 11:00 hours and return on Sunday, 21 January 2024 at 18:25 hours through the same airport, for the resumption of his tour of duty in the southern region,” reads the statement.