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President Rupiah Bwezani Banda arrives in Malawi Tuesday afternoon for a two-day official visit.  Banda is expected to jet down at the Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe just after lunch hour.

 

He will be welcomed by his host, President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is scheduled to be at the country’s main airport by noon, according to a press statement from State House.

 

While in the country, Banda and Mutharika are set to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues aimed at developing the two neighboring nations.

 

On Tuesday evening, Mutharika will host to a banquet at the New State House in Lilongwe in honor of the visiting leader.

 

And on Wednesday, the two leaders will hold a joint political rally, dubbed as development rallies by Mutharika and his cohorts, at Chinsapo Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe before flying back to Lusaka, Zambia at around 15:00hours.

 

While in Malawi, the two leaders are expected to discuss details of the joint Mchinji-Chipata Railway, which is due to be completed soon.

 

Banda, a former vice president under late Levy Mwanawasa, is making his first visit to Malawi since his election as Zambian president following the death of Mwanawasa last August. He will serve up to 2011 when the country will go to the polls again. Mwanawasa’s second five-year term of office was expiring in 2011.

 

Banda’s election was heavily disputed by the main opposition party Patriotic Front (PF) who said the man from Eastern Zambia, border with Malawi, rigged. But both local and international observers said the elections were relatively free and fair.

 

 

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