Malawi High Commissioner bids Namibia farewell

26 Feb 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – The outgoing High Commissioner of Malawi, Stalla Ndau, on Thursday paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House.
The diplomat, who served her country for two years as High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, said she will be leaving Namibia with fond memories of the warm hospitality and support she received from the Head of State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the people of Namibia in general during her term of office.
“Our bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength since 1990 when our two nations established diplomatic relations,” she said, adding that it was even worth noting that it was almost at the same time that the 'winds of change' brought democracy to both Malawi and Namibia.
“It was the same time that Namibia got its independence while Malawi was saying good-bye to dictatorship,” she remarked.
Ndau said that within the past 25 years, Namibia has continued to be shining beacon in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region and the continent as a whole.
She told the Namibian Head of State that Malawi takes pride in the peace and security role that Namibia had taken in the region, especially in Lesotho during President Pohamba’s tenure as Chairperson of SADC's Organ on Defence and Security.
Ndau praised President Pohamba for the manner in which he conducted himself as a Chairperson, and for ending the stalemate which was prevalent in Malawi.
“That shows the true statesmanship of your Excellency as a leader and brother to the Malawians,” she said adding that Malawi looks forward to seeing more of such brotherly relationship flourishing further as both countries strive together to consolidate peace, stability and development of SADC.
She also pointed out that Malawi is looking forward to the strengthening of the relationship between the two sister-countries, particularly in the areas of co-operation in tourism, mining, human resources development,and trade and investment to the benefit of both countries' cities.
Pohamba, on his part thanked Ndau for her diplomatic contributions and wished her all the best in her endeavours