President Mnangagwa yesterday took the time to congratulate Malawi’s newly elected president Dr Lazarus Chakwera and praised the country’s electoral commission and the country at large for how they handled the election re-run, the Chronicle reports.
In his congratulatory statement president Mnangagwa said:
The Southern African Development Community commends the people of the Republic of Malawi for turning out in large numbers to exercise their civic and democratic right during the re-run Presidential Election that was held on 23rd June, 2020, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sadc congratulates Dr Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party for winning the re-run Presidential Election, and commends the people of Malawi for the political tolerance and maturity demonstrated throughout the electoral process, and since the May 2019 disputed Presidential Election results,
Sadc also commends the people of Malawi for the peaceful political and security situation that prevails in the country. Of what use is freedom from oppression if you and I are slaves to starvation? Or freedom from colonialism if you are a slave to tribalism? Time has come for us to go beyond dreaming, time has come for us to wake up, to arise from slumber, and to make our dreams come true
With your help we will restore faith in having a government that serves; not a government that rules, a government that inspires, not a government that infuriates, a government that listens, not a government that shouts but a government that fights for you and not against you.
Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party garnered 58+% of the votes against outgoing Mutharika’s 38%. Nelson Chamisa also congratulated the historic re-run that ushered in an opposition party into office in an African nation.