Malawi to close roads for Magufuli’s visit

John Magufuli

Malawi Police says roads in Lilongwe will be closed during Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s visit.

Magufuli arrives in Malawi this morning through Kamuzu International Airport.

John Magufuli
Magufuli: arrives this morning

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said some roads will be closed temporarily.

“Police will man most of the feeder roads in the city to accord our distinguished visitor the respect he deserves.

“There will also be temporary road closures as the situation will demand.

“All road users are advised to abide by traffic instructions given by police officers from time to time,” he said.

Magufuli will visit Malawi together with Tanzania’s First Lady Her Excellency Mama Janeth Magufuli.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the airport Magufuli will be accorded a 21 Gun Salute and will inspect a Guard of Honour to be mounted by the 2nd Battalion of the Malawi Defence Force before being introduced to dignitaries and entertained to selected traditional dances.

During the visit, Magufuli will lay a wreath at the Statue of former President Bingu wa Mutharika and lead bilateral talks between Malawi and Tanzania on thematic areas aimed at strengthening the cordial relations between the two countries.

“The Bilateral Talks will be preceded by a Private Discussion between His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika and His Excellency John Pombe Joseph Magufuli,” the ministry said in a statement.

In the evening, Malawi’s first couple will host Magufuli and the Tanzanian First Lady to a State Banquet at the Kamuzu Palace.

On Thursday, Magufuli and Mutharika will officially open the 2019 Tobacco Marketing Season at the Lilongwe Auction Floors.

The Tanzanian president will leave Malawi immediately after the function.