LILONGWE, July 6– President Robert Mugabe arrives in Malawi Saturday to join in that country’s golden jubilee celebrations to be held in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Malawi, which together with Zambia and Zimbabwe formed the Federation of Southern Rhodesia during the colonial era, gained its independence on July 6, 1964.
The 50th independence celebrations come hard on the heels of the recent election of President, Peter Mutharika, who succeeded Joyce Banda in polls held in May.
The commemorations will commence with a church service at the Bingu International Conference Centre while the main celebrations will be at the Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The festivities will include joint military parades by the army, police and prison services, traditional dances as well as lighting of the independence torch.
The Malawian national team, The Flames, will play a friendly international soccer match against Mozambique.
President Mugabe, who is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru, Senior Minister Simon Khaya Moyo and Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi among other senior government officials.
SOURCE: New Ziana