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Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton says her visit to Malawi was a result of the recent transition that took place in the country.

In April this year, the country had undergone transition following the demise of late President Bingu wa Muthalika. There were some resistance by the then ruling got that saw governments all over the world voicing out their concerns as democracy was about to be challenged.

In her first speech after meeting President Joyce Banda at the state house, Mrs. Clinton said the entire world including President Barack Obama had admired how Malawians stood for their hard-won democracy. She said it was against such a background that America would like to have a strong relationship with Malawi.

‘I am here to cement the relationship my country is enjoying with Malawi and USA would like to be a strong partner and see how we can help the citizens of the two countries.’

Mrs. Clinton said as the first Secretary of State to visit Malawi she was happy to come to the country which is being governed by a woman. ‘Everyone should know that change is inevitable because anything can happen at any time’, she said.

Clinton was in the country as part of her visit to six African nations of Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

While on her tour of duty here, which lasted less than six hours, Mrs Clinton had an audience with President Mrs. Joyce Banda and visited a Peace Corps Volunteers Camp GLOW (Girls Lead Our World) an initiative by American Peace Corps Volunteers that helps girls develop leadership skills, learn about women issues and build self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to become active citizens in the society. She later visited Feed the Future in Lumbadzi where the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting milk production and breeding. She donated purebred dairy bull and a liquid nitrogen network to help farmers improve their dairy cattle breeding.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dances with Emille Phiri, chair of the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, at the end of the Secretary’s visit to the group in Lilongwe, Malawi. AP Image/state.gov

She proceeded to South Africa where she is expected to pay her respects to former President Mandela and participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between our two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage.

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