- 22 May 2002 (Creation)
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White certificate in gold frame housed in a red leather box engraved with the seal of Malawi, with black, red, and green ribbon ties. The certificate includes the gold seal of the Republic of Malawi. Taken out of frame and box for preservation
The certificate reads:
The Order of the Lion of Malawi
Dr. Bakili Muluzi President of the Republic of Malawi to Dr. Nelson Mandela
Whereas I have thought it fit to nominate and appoint you to be a grand commander of the Order of the Lion of Malawi.
I do by these presents grand unto you the Dignity of a grand commander of the said Order and hereby authorize you to have, hold and enjoy the said Dignity together with the privileges thereunto appertaining.
Given under my hand at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, this 22nd day of May, 2002.
Signed by: Dr. Bakili Muluzi