Outgoing Ambassador to Malawi Thandiwe Dumbutchena has called on the two governments to maintain the fruitful bilateral relationship the two countries have enjoyed for a very long time.
She made the remarks Thursday evening in Lilongwe during a farewell reception organized to mark the end of her 14 year stay in Malawi.
“It has been a great honour to serve my country as ambassador of the republic of Zimbabwe to Malawi for fourteen years where I have been exposed to unique diplomatic exposure on various occasions at state house or at the Bingu International Convention Centre.
“I am delighted and proud to note that Zimbabwe’s and Malawi’s relationship is better than ever.
However, It is important to maintain and increase the momentum,’ she said.
Dumbutchena, who is the longest serving envoy to Malawi, said she has had front seat to witness Malawi’s strong and enduring democracy.
Ambassador Dumbutchena, who was Dean of the Diplomatic Corps described Malawians as courteous and industrious people.
“Malawians exceed their reputation as being a warm, generous and industrious people. In this long period, I have never seen them (Malawians) abusing women and children. However, more aid would help elevate these vulnerable groups,” said Dumbutchena.
Amongst other things, she said she was proud to see the increase in trade activities between the two countries.
In his remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Emmanuel Fabiano said Malawi has enjoyed its close working relationship with Dumbutchena in both her capacities.
He said the people of the two countries share a common cultural and historical heritage since the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
Fabiano added saying the relationship has been enhanced through cooporations such as the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) where sectors like trade defence, immigration meet to discuss and implement mutually beneficial countries.
He thanked the outgoing ambassador for her efforts in strengthening the bond.
“During her tenure of office, Her Excellency demonstrated great enthusiasm for developing strong bonds of friendship between Malawi and Zimbabwe through various collaboration programmes.
“I firmly believe that relations between Malawi and Zimbabwe have benefited from her experience and initiatives, and I am confident that our bilateral ties will be consolidated further in the years to come,” said Fabiano.
Dumbutchena arrived in Malawi on October 16, 2004 and presented her letters of credence to the then late president Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika on January 25, 2005.