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Malawi Uhuru: Lungu, Mutharika get standing ovation

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) and his Malawian counterpart Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika arrives at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre,Malawi on Monday,July 6,2015 during the Malawi's 51st Independence Celebrations. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

TEDDY KUYELA, Blantyre
PRESIDENT Lungu arrived at Kamuzu Banda Stadium in the company of his Malawian counterpart, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, to a standing ovation by thousands of people who had gathered for the country’s 51st independence anniversary yesterday.
A wave of jubilation swept through the stadium as the two Presidents arrived in an open van while waving to the audience.
In an instant, cultural performances followed the spectacular event and later, military parades added colour to the occasion.
Malawians put their political differences aside to celebrate their independence anniversary at a colourful ceremony in the country’s commercial capital.
The celebrations, which started at about 09:00 hours, were graced by President Lungu on invitation by President Mutharika. Mr Lungu is also on a State visit to Malawi.
President Lungu urged the people of Malawi to reflect on the values and principles of the brave and spirited men and women that fought for the country’s independence.
“We truly feel at home, away from home. I would, therefore, like to convey warm greetings, best wishes and congratulations from the Zambian people to their Malawian brothers and sisters on this joyous occasion,” he said.
After gracing the anniversary celebrations, President Lungu and his delegation attended a State banquet hosted in his honour by President Mutharika.
The President is expected to return home today.

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