Chakwera, Chilima congratulate Biden: ‘Future of Malawi, US relations looks bright’ 

President Lazarus Chakwera and vice president Saulos Chilima have joined African leaders in congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, following their victory.

Joe Biden has said he will heal the nation after four years of tumult © AFP via Getty Images
Kamala Harris, his running mate, will be the first African-American woman and first person of Indian descent to serve as vice-president.
Chakwera(L) and Chilima: Congratulate Joe Biden

Biden was declared president-elect four days after polls closed, marking the conclusion of a bitter race against President Donald Trump that was fought against the backdrop of the pandemic, which has killed more than 228,000 Americans.

His victory means that Mr Trump will be a one-term president whose four-year tenure will be bookended by two Democrats — Barack Obama and now Biden, who served as vice-president between 2008 and 2016.

Chakwera and Chilima have posted congratulatory messages separately in their Facebook walls and Twitter.

In a one paragraph message, Chakwera says: “Congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. I know that under your leadership, Malawi-USA relations will continue to thrive.”

And on Twitter, Chakwera wrote: “ Congratulations to US President-elect Joe Biden. The future of Malawi-US relations looks bright.”

Chilima, on the other hand, says: “We join the celebration from the victory in US presidential elections.

“Bravo president-elect Biden and vice president-elect Harris. We keep the faith.”

Many of the leaders in Africa have pointed to Biden’s track record and said how much they looked forward to working with him.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said  Biden’s “emphatic win” was “a demonstration of Americans’ confidence in the leadership credentials of the former vice-president”.

The 77-year-old was first elected to the US senate in 1972 and served as Barack Obama’s vice-president for eight years.

Harris  has made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president-elect.

Kenyatta said  Ms Harris would be a role model who would “help inspire and embolden millions of young girls across the world to chase and achieve their dreams of greatness and success”.

President of Zimbabwe, whose country has a tense relationship with the US over its human rights record, did not stint on his congratulations.

Some Zimbabwean individuals and businesses have been subject to sanctions going back 20 years.

“Zimbabwe wishes you every successes in leading the American people. I look forward to working with you to increase co-operation between our two nations,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted.

Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo described Biden’s victory as “decisive” and congratulated Ms Harris on making history.

Other leaders sent out short congratulatory messages not long after the result came through on Saturday.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou, Senegalese President Macky Sall, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Somalia’s leader Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, were among those who took to Twitter saying they looked forward to working with Biden.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has yet to concede.

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Muhariwa
Muhariwa
7 months ago

Chilima also sent his personal message to Biden & Harris? Very wonderful indeed.

YAO KING
YAO KING
7 months ago

WAR MONGERS ARE IN WHITE HOUSE NOW,TRUMP WAS GREEAT,HE DID NOT START WAR…….WAIT BARDEN AND SEE

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

yeeah Biden . ena aja mutu unangokula. cipwadza. ”lets get the idiot out of the office” She was right indeed and am sure she dint sleep. nde oluza ati acokako ku US. azipita!! kuthawa mfuu wake omwe. ati kudziimika kuti awina vote coynting isanathe. zungo basi anafa kale mmatu ngati pitala. Tax invasion yama decades ija olo apite ku court nde akangodzipelekatu.kkkkkkkkkk. ife pano tikudikila kutilodza anatilonjeza pitala kuja kuti akapanda kuwina atilodza kkkkkkk dont unfreeze this bastard accounts. He stayed in US for 40 yrs and came with nothing .and we are sure we paid for his ticket for… Read more »

Medson
Medson
7 months ago

Mr president Chakwera has been left alone in Africa with the issue of Jerusalem.
Very interesting Biden will not take a stand of Jerusalem.

sikelo
sikelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Medson

YOU ARE MISTAKEN BRO

Baba
Baba
7 months ago

Phuma, case is in court.

Phwisa
Phwisa
7 months ago

But why is Chilima sending separate congratulatory message to US president elect. Kuyamba kuimba kuimba belu wapakaliyalatu uku. It’s the Malawi Govt that send such messages that the president

Medson
Medson
7 months ago
Reply to  Phwisa

Because he is the president of UTM
So there is two centers of power

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