Chakwera calls for law that regulates Presidential Transition: US’s lesson for Malawi

Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarous Chakwera is calling for an enactment of the law that prescribes modalities for the peaceful transition of power between outgoing and incoming administrations.

Chakwera: Presidential transition law needed in Malawi

Chakwera said the transition of power in the United States between President Barrack Obama to the new leader Donald Trump should be lesson for Malawi to start a transition programme through to the orderly inauguration of the new president.

Normally in Malawi the inauguration of the President is rushed through.

“We should pass the legislation that regulates a transition of power and inauguration of the president after elections,” Chakwera said on Monday on Daybreak Malawi program aired by Capital Radio.

He said the law should prescribe modalities for the peaceful transition of power between outgoing and incoming administrations, saying there shouldn’t be disorderly take over.

Government spokesman and Minister of Information, Nicholous Dausi said indeed Malawi has to learn from advanced democracies such as the process of transferring power.

“Our democracy is still in infancy stage we have a lot to learn,” said Dausi on Daybreak Malawi.

He said US showed the way things should be after an election.

“All former presidents were together; I think that’s how it should be. I think as a country, we can learn. First of all is to accept results [of the elections] and then move on and develop together,” said Dausi.

Nonetheless, Chakwera is demanding “a transparent way of managing elections.”

MCP is also advocating for Malawi to adopt a 50-plus-one system of electing a President from a first-past-the-post.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah who is a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, said proposed electoral reforms currently being scrutinised by a Special Law Commission would address some of the challenges of the previous elections, and most recently the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections which was marred by anomalies at voter registration and verification stages as well as at some polling stations when it came to tallying cast votes.

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15 thoughts on “Chakwera calls for law that regulates Presidential Transition: US’s lesson for Malawi”

  1. tangopenya says:

    mukukometa lero mukufuna achakwera akhale pres . adikile 2019 muzawasankha amene mukuwafunawo aliyese azasankha chimene afuna osakhala kunyozana mitundu zithandiza chiani zingogawanisa wanthu .tikhala chocho mpaka kale kale.

  2. Nelson Mwakasungula says:

    Did he attend the inauguration ceremony of the current president in 2014?

  3. Rift Valley says:

    Koma kwathu kuno timanyanya. Kuopa chiyani?

  4. Yahya Jammeh says:

    I don’t agree with Chakwer’s suggestion. It does not mean that everthing that Americans are doing is right. In Britain, after the elections the party that has the majority MPs forms a government immediately and they don’t wait for transition as the Americans do, but we have never heard of any complaint from the British people about their system. The moment you adopt the American style there will be a lot of looting of government coffers by the outgoing administration. We should maintain what we are doing now, but only ensure bolts are tight enough at the Central Bank. The Gambian former leader Jammeh is being accused of stealing public funds (if indeed he did) because he had time to do so, but if he had left immediately he would not have a time to steal. Zinazi kumangoyang’ana osati kungotengera chirichonse chifukwa choti chachitika ku America as if Americans are holy. You must first tighten up your financial management system that currently has a lot of loopholes and design a system that can work for you. Asayiyeni ma America achite zao, nafe tichite zanthu, kumeneko ndiye kukula.

  5. mike Jones says:


  6. JCInLA says:

    Its more than sad to say that the only thing the Rev. Chakwera can comment on about the American election is the “transitional…sh#t” when he, with his position, could have used this opportunity to encourage the nation to work together and to make sure No One is above the law.
    He seems to be dreaming of the day he will be “elected……” oh my f#$k!
    What are we electing to the higher leadership and the government for?

    Very sad, even the opposition is very useless. Please god, allah, jah, moon, sun, water…. bless and help our lovely country.

  7. Omex70 says:

    Chakwera is saying the truth and those who are opposing his observations and suggestions are doing that simply because they are looking atthe said lesson from their perspective. How I wish we had more people who can be objective in their line of thought.

  8. nolo nolo says:

    a Joseph Banda ndi inu a Psyata paliso chomwe chalakwika pa zomwe walankhula Chakwera? mmmmmm pamtumbo panu mudzidana ndi zabwino zomwe?

  9. Chaponda says:

    Gambia is better than us on elections and days of inaugrations

  10. Mweene says:

    Why is it that most of oChakwera’s political proposals are simply moronic? Copy and paste not only the American system; but even their procedures, for example the ones that deal with transitions? What about the so-called 50+1 theme? Then the push for it should be abandoned because the US does NOT follow it? (NB Trump, oChakwera’s man, won with fewer votes than his opponent! And APM won more votes than anybody, hands down.) What does the MCP boss say to that?
    We do NOT need 50+1 in this country, because it will NOT solve any of the problems critics of the current system tout so much. Period.

  11. Achi says:

    Bravo Chakwera!

    This is the thinking that goes beyond generations for their benefit. Its just unfortunate that some myopic minds think Chakwera is talking for himself and him winning. No! Malawi needs these laws for the sake of our true development and true democracy, beyond nepotistic and archaic thinking.

    Dausi? For how long shall our democracy be at infancy stage? What laws are we quickly embracing with no resistance from greedy leaders that will help wean off the nation from this so called infancy syndrome? Wake up Dausi!
    i wish for once our leaders and the blind followers in the likes of Joseph Banda and Psyta above, stood up and realised that Malawi is but the nation for us all and not selfish individuals ruling today.

    If all Malawian were thinking archaically in the one party system we would never attain democracy. If all Malawians were thinking archaically during UDF’s rule Bakili would have gotten the open term and be ruling till today.
    Think Malawian and never think DPP
    Think Malawian and never think lomwe, chewa, tumbuka, yao or sena
    Think Malawian and not regionalostic
    Think big for a greater Malawi

  12. Joseph Banda says:

    KOMA ABAMBO AWA! He thinks he will win the elections.

    1. Cash Gate says:

      if you don’t support him, you don’t know how to choose the visionary leader, you are far away behind,

  13. psyta says:

    KKKKKKKKKKK !!! Reverend Chakwera , basi chomwe mwatolapo dichokhacho ?? Talemba proposl tiwone ??

    1. Fisoe says:

      Read what Chakwera has said or else shut up your psyta mouth

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