Mutharika was Africa Food Security Champion — EU
BRUSSELS: Despite alienating most Western donors, the European Union has hailed late Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika as a champion of food security in Africa.
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said this in a condolence statement to the government of Malawi issued on Saturday.
It says Prof. Mutharika will be remembered as a champion of food security in Africa and for his success in achieving national food security in Malawi.
“We wish to express the deepest condolences to the people of Malawi for the sudden passing of His Excellency President Bingu wa Mutharika.
“On this sad day, our thoughts are with the people of Malawi and the family of the President as they mourn the loss,” reads the EU statement.
The EU said Malawi has in the past 20 years become an example of democracy with its peaceful transitions of power and respect for the constitution and the outcome of elections.
“We express our hope that this tradition will be respected and that there will be a calm and peaceful transition of power in full respect of the provisions of the constitution,” said EU.—Zodiak Online
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