Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

12 August 2013

Malawi: Joyce Banda Joins Wedding Mood

Blantyre — President Dr. Joyce Banda on Sunday joined the wedding mood when she attended the wedding of the Mpinganjira family at the College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.

Dressed in a glamorous black and red colour mixed attire and a glittering sun hat, the President danced to Ndirande Anglican voices' 'Ndaona Maso Mphenya' attracting ululations and an applause from other invited guests and relatives before delivering her congratulatory message.

President Banda advised the newlyweds, Chipiliro and Sarah Mpinganjira to put Jesus first as they began a new life together.

"If you put Jesus Christ first, marriage will be an easy road for you. This will help you overcome the many temptations that marriages face," she said adding that the newlyweds should continue to groom themselves and have a happy family.

The president also presented a gift (which was covered with a silver gift wrapper but not shown to the guests) to the couple immediately after the congratulatory message.

Chipiliro, a son to renowned politician, Brown Mpinganjira is a lawyer and is a former football administrator.

In his remarks, Brown Mpinganjira expressed gratitude to president Banda for joining the celebration despite her busy schedule.

"I feel honoured and I don't take it for granted that Her Excellency has spared her quality time to spend the entire afternoon at my son's wedding," he said, sounding happy and at times running out of words.

This is the second wedding the president has attended this weekend alone. On Saturday, she attended the wedding of Luc and Marie Deschamps in Chigumula.

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