By Tendai Moyo
Zimbabwe and Malawi have re-ignited their ties in a move aimed at ensuring the two countries improve the lives of their peoples.
The two countries shared a colonial history that witnessed them being members of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland that saw the movement of men and women between the two countries to work and school.
In a show of solidarity to that friendship and ties, President Lazarus Chakwera, the reigning leader of Malawi jetted into the country to cement the long standing relationship.
President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa recollected the rich history between the two countries dating back to the colonial era.
"You may recall that after Malawi attained independence in 1964 under the Malawi Congress Party MCP, your Party provided our liberation movement political, material and moral support in our pursuit of our own independence.
We are forever grateful to Malawi for giving sanctuary to Zimbabweans escaping from the oppressive colonial regime. We fondly remember the donation of a Land Rover to ZANU from the MCP. This was one of the first motor vehicles our Party ever owned.
The founding father of Independent Malawi and MCP Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda served a prison sentence here in the then Gwelo, in 1963, for his political activism and revolutionary resistance to colonialism.
During the colonial years, a number of Zimbabweans studied at the University of Malawi, while others worked and lived in your country. To date, there is a sizable Zimbabwean community who live and work in Malawi, the "Warm heart of Africa".
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera took time to reminisce of the journeys through Zimbabwe to South Africa and in particular one moment in which he and his family met the late National hero Oliver Mtukudzi.
The two leaders shared toasts to good health, peace and prosperity of the two nations, to unity, solidarity and prosperity on the African Continent and enduring friendship and cooperation between the two Republics.