Chakwera in US for political tour, says Malawi economy hasn’t been good

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in parliament. Is on a political tour of duty in United States.

Chakwera arrives at the Senate chamber accompanied bu Bishop Crudup- (Photo: Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Chakwera arrives at the Senate chamber accompanied bu Bishop Crudup- (Photo: Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Chakwera has been visiting Mississippi where a local paper The Clarion Ledger reported his visit and described him as  the “ expected next president of the southe astern African country.”

The report in The Clarion Ledger said Chakwera is in Mississippi visiting friends, including Bishop Ronnie Crudup, pastor of New Horizon Church International in Jackson.

The Malawi opposition leader was introduced in the state Senate on Thursday.

“When I’m in Mississippi, I’m home,” Chakwera said as quoted.

“We are an agricultural-based economy, almost like Mississippi,” Chakwera said. “We would love to have trade that whatever Malawi produces we could have a market here (Mississippi and the United States as a whole) and the same. We aren’t looking for the United States to save us, but rather be partners in the global village.”

Malawi is landlocked, which makes it harder to import and export items, Chakwera said.

Chakwera  said Malawi ecconomy  “hasn’t been good”  adding that “close to 3 million people are seriously without enough food. “

The MCP president pointed out that one of the biggest problems in terms of government issues relates to “the cancer of corruption. “

He said: “And sometime because of corruption, services have broken down. We are working to see how we can resuscitate the economy so that the private sector, which is the engine of the economy,  will really do something to make Malawi a productive economy instead of a consumption economy.”

“We need a people who will believe in themselves and who will say no to a culture of entitlements and say we can do something,” Chakwera said.

The Malawi Congress Party, which fought for independence from British rule, is trying to take charge to make a better future for Malawi’s people, he said.

Bishop Crudup said Chakwera is a dynamic leader. He said Chakwera is doing a political tour of the U.S. and decided to come to Mississippi because of the support he has gotten from the people of this state in the past.

According to the report, Chakwera will be in Mississippi until Sunday before leaving for Washington for the National Prayer Breakfast, which is Tuesday.

Chakwera obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Malawi, a masters’ degree in theology from the University of South Africa, and a doctorate in theology ministry from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.

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I was just in Jackson 2 days ago.
What a coincidence. Small world!


Umbuli ndi amtenda. political tour ili pati apa? Mbusa wapita kukakomana ndi azibusa anzake ndiye ndi political tour. No wonder Pika Manondo was campaigning for him without his knowledge. A weaker candidate indeed. Chipani chake mavuto a internal ndiye osanena. I think mai Chakwera akafatsa amawauza adadiwo kuti Dad koma mudaganiza bwino kusiya mpando wonona wa upulezidenti wa assemblies nkulowa izi mukunyozedwanazozi?


I belive Chakwera is regreting for having joined politics. Mulungu anampatsa mphatso yomutumikira. Thats why he is failing to lead MCP

Unfortunately, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Is this a political tour or church visit? The man is meeting his fellow pastors and you call this political? The man has left a litany of problems in his party at home and you hope him to be a president on earth? Some of those myopic followers of this party of death and darkness were warned by some of us before 2014 elections that this man is not a presidential material. Even Pika manondo and Joyce Banda knew this and did campaign for him as well as for Baba Tembo without… Read more »
Hud K

Chakwera the only hope for Malawians

Ha zina ukaona!

Guys munthuyu ndi mbusa ndiye akukomana ndi azibusa anzake. Politics ili pati apa? I think this galatian joined politics in a hurry. Look at what is happening in his party. He is being crowned leader of Malawi abroad while ovotafe tikudziwa kuti we are blue and with ma blue forever. Zinazi ukaona kamba anga mwaladi! KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Hadge Miradge

Politics is the game of chance. He is also trying his luck.No one has ever said if Iam voted in power I will fail my people and my country.

man D oloh

only hope in this land of misery, Dr. Chakwera still remain best candidate for my vote not these other failures…


This government was just been hijacked by crooks of DPP. Ligomeka exposed how Peter Muntharika stole votes by disturbing MEC’ s system. Peter has been told openly blank by some Bishops, apostles and other men of God that Godis not happy with what he did to get the seat. Even Peter himself is conscious of his sins .

Imraan Sadick

Chakwera is a waste of time

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