Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Malawi’s opposition leader wins historic poll rerun and gets sworn in as president Sunday 28 June 2020.
He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.
In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.
The country was bitterly divided in the run-up to this week’s election.
Following the official result on Saturday, Mr Chakwera said his victory was “a win for democracy and justice,” adding:
“My heart is bubbling with joy.”
His supporters took to the streets of the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, sounding car horns and letting off fireworks.
Who is Lazarus Chakwera?
Lazarus Chakwera was born in Lilongwe, the current capital of Malawi, on 5 April 1955 when the country was still under British colonial rule. His family were subsistence farmers in the city’s outskirts.
Two of his brothers born before him died in infancy and his father, believing that he would live, gave him the name Lazarus after the Biblical character raised from the dead.
Lazarus Chakwera is married to Monica and together they have four children and grandchildren.
Dr Chakwera the Reverend!
Chakwera graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Degree from the University of Malawi in 1977.
He studied theology and gained an Honours degree from the University of the North in South Africa and gained a master’s degree (MTh) from the University of South Africa in 1991.
The Trinity International University in the United States awarded him a doctorate (D. Min) in 2000.
Chakwera became a professor at the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary in 2005.
The now President elect has worked as an instructor at the Assemblies of God School of Theology from 1983 to 2000 where he became the Principal in 1996.
He has been the co-director and a lecturer at All Nations Theological Seminary. Since 1989 he has presided over the Malawi Assemblies of God.
On 14 April 2013 he took many by surprise when he declared his intentions to run at a Convention of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as president while still maintaining the Assemblies of God Presidency.
Reverend Lazarus Chakwera’s journey to the presidency?
Lazarus Chakwera’s victory was a result of months of fasting and prayer, not only by the president elect, but also the Nation of Malawi.
Determined street protests and a unanimous constitutional court decision that the May 2019 vote had widespread irregularities and could not stand also helped the cause.
Chakwera won with 2.6 million votes out of 4.4 million cast.
However President Peter Mutharika, who had sought a second five-year term, called this new election flawed.
He however urged the country to “move on peacefully”.
Well Wishes for President Chakwera and his Vice!
We at Imachristianandimproud.com are delighted to congratulate Reverend Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and his Vice Dr. Saulos Klause Chilima President and Vice President elect.
We wish you all the best in leading the great nation of Malawi.
When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
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