Malawi President Mutharika begins 2nd term after re-election

Malawi’s re-elected President Peter Mutharika
Malawi’s re-elected President Peter Mutharika

(Xinhua/NAN) Malawi’s re-elected President Peter Mutharika got inaugurated on Friday to officially earn a second term of office after a highly contested tripartite election.

In his inaugural speech titled “Renewing Our Vision,’’ Mutharika called for unity and peace, and urged stakeholders to focus on the country’s future and development.

He said, “Let us remember that we have more that unites us than anything that divides us. Let us unite to develop this country.’’

He went on to promise enhanced diplomatic ties with the international community, saying his government is set to open a new chapter of active presence in regional and international relations.

Mutharika also reinforced commitment to his campaign promises that have been outlined in his manifesto and said his government will work hard in the second term to build the country from the development foundation of the past five years.

“In the next five years we will prioritise production. Our problem has been power shortage but now we are working to resolve power shortage decisively.’’

The ceremony was attended by delegates from over five countries including Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Mutharika received congratulatory messages from presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, among others.

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Speakership: You’re good neighbours, former Imo Speaker tells Yorubas

Nigeria's House of Reps
Nigeria’s House of Representatives at plenary

By Ikenna Osuoha

The former Imo House of Assembly Speaker, Amaechi Nwoha, says the Yoruba Youth Movement (YYM) are not only agents of national cohesion and unity but good neighbours to the South-East.

Nwoha said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja while reacting to the Group’s endorsement of Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba for Speaker.

Nwoha, who is also the director for Contact and Mobilisation, South-East Equity Alliance (SEA), said that such gesture was key to indivisible Nigeria, promising that they were ready to extend hands of fellowship.

He said that their endorsement of Nwajiuba and South-East for the Speakership was in tune with the federal character principle and natural justice.

“We from the South East shall not hesitate to extend our hands of fellowship to these our brothers.

“They stand for truth and equity in a nation of diversity like Nigeria and such must be commended,” Nwoha said.

The former Speaker described Nwajiuba as a gentleman with bold heart and legislative experience to advance the unity of Nigeria.

He commended YYM for the courage to speak the truth aimed at balancing political power equation.

According to him, truth is an open wound that only conscience can heal.

He said that the South-East would continue to partner with neighbours in making Nwajiuba Speakership realisable.

NAN reports that a Pan-yoruba political group, the Yoruba Youth Movement (YYM) on Thursday endorsed Mr Emeka Nwajiuba as Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.

A statement by YYM Chairman, Mr Kola Kayode in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, said the YYM decided on Nwajiuba in the interest of balancing the equation among the six geo-political zones of the country.

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Asisat Oshoala: Nigerian star joins Barcelona women on a permanent deal

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala initially went on loan to Barcelona women at the end of January 2019

Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala has joined FC Barcelona women on a permanent deal from Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian.

The 24-year old has agreed a three-year contract with the Spanish club