The President of Malawi President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has officially assumed the Chairpersonship of SADC replacing His Excellency Presidente Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique.
Chakwera was unveiled as the new Chairman of SADC during the 41st Ordinary SADC summit of Heads of State and Government which is currently talking place in Lilongwe.
In 2020, President Lazarus Chakwera was elected by member States of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) as the one to take over Chairperson Slot in August 2021 after Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi who started his one year tenure taking over from President John Magufuli of Tanzania.
At the 40th ordinary summit held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and hosted by Mozambique, the 16-member regional block settled for Malawi to host the 41st ordinary SADC summit for Heads of State in August 2021 where Chakwera will assume the chairperson role.
This is the third time in 20 years for Malawi to host Sadc Heads of State and Government summit after 2001 and 2013.