President Michael Sata has donated five million litres of fuel to Malawi to help facilitate funeral arrangements for former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
In a press release from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) of Malawi on Wednesday, Chief Secretary to Government Bright Msaka said Zambian minister of mines, energy and water development Christopher Yaluma will make a symbolic presentation of the donation soon.
Said Msaka: “The State President Joyce Banda wishes to express her deep gratitude to Sata, the government and people of Zambia for the kind and generous donation”.
Five million litres of fuel is valued at US$ 5 million and is estimated to last for five days. Malawi consumes one million litres of fuel on daily basis.
Sata was deported from Malawi in 2007 under Mutharika’s administration and stopped from meeting former president Bakili Muluzi. He was at the time Zambia’s opposition leader.
When elected to the presidency in 2011, Sata refused to meet Mutharika and his government demanded an apology for the deportation. The two later mended fences after government swallowed its pride and apologised