Chakwera congratulates Biden on inauguration as 46th US president, mum on Uganda’s Museveni

President Lazarus Chakwera has congratulated US president Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris on their inauguration  on Wednesday but has been silent on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election in last Thursday’s presidential polls that his closest challenger Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has vowed to contest in court.

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Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises.

In a congratulatory message posted on his official Facebook account, Chakwera says: “We wish you and the American people success in your noble quest to make your country a more perfect union.”

At age 78, Biden is the oldest president inaugurated and the  second Catholic president of the US – after John F Kennedy .

Biden took the oath at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval Office.

Donald Trump – who has not formally conceded the presidency to Biden – snubbed the inauguration ceremony, in a departure from longstanding precedent.

But before leaving the White House, Trump wished the incoming “great success” and promised his supporters that he “would be back in some form”.

He said in a Fox News  televised speech: “I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better.”

The new president has announced a raft of measures reversing Trump policies.

Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice-president ahead of Mr Biden.

She is the first woman – and the first black and Asian-American person – to serve in a role, a heartbeat from the presidency.

In his inauguration speech monitored on CNN, Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.

He said his electoral victory was a “triumph for the cause of democracy”, considering that the will of the people has been “heard” and “heeded” amid heightened political divisions.

“My whole soul is in putting America back together again,” he added.

Highlighting a message of unity after the turbulent Trump years, he promised to be a president “for all Americans” – including those who voted against him.

Among those attending the ceremony were three of his predecessors: Barack Obama – under whom  Biden served for eight years as vice-president – Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

Former Vice-President Mike Pence also attended. He skipped  Trump’s farewell military salute event.

The inauguration ceremony included musical performances by Lady Gaga – who sang the national anthem – as well as Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.

Earlier,  Biden attended Mass at a cathedral in Washington – along with four Roman Catholic congressional leaders, both Democrats and Republicans.

Meanwhile,  Chakwera has not acknowledged Museveni’s controversial re-election as Kenya’s State House which had also issued a message  to the Ugandan leader quickly pulled  down a tweet congratulating Museveni on his re-election.

Other leaders who have publically congratulated Museveni after being elected for a sixth term include Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, and Evariste Ndayishimiye, the President of Burundi, who shared a congratulatory messages at the weekend.

On Sunday, the US State Department lampooned last week’s  Uganda elections and implored government to “hold accountable members of the security forces responsible for violence and abuses” during the two months of campaigns.

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Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
1 month ago

This man you call Museveni has murdered many prominent people in Uganda with his Bulutus soldiers and we dont even want to congratulate the boy,he is a killer. Very soon you will hear that Bob Wine is killed. They dont know what democracy is all about. AMULAMU MWAKULA BASI PITANI KAPUMENI..manyazi mulibenso kuwumilira mpando.

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
1 month ago

Museven cannot be congratulated, someone who stole the votes. Why barring code on internet. If Museven is ruling dead people let them continue voting for him or he will see what his friend in Malawi had seen. APM has no kind words upon Malawians who do not want nonsense. One cannot rule the country for 36 years? Ugandans DEAD PEOPLE.

John chidongo
1 month ago

Oro congratulations as mveke bola mwauza aMalawi fe tamva. Zikuoneka ngati congratulation ameneyo watsksmira njira. Kkkk.

Moya
Moya
1 month ago

Chakwera who is a beneficiary of a rerun after a fraudulent election he should be the number one president to call a sped a sped on Museveni and the controversial results, call out the dictator but with facts tho.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Should we ignore his atrocities just because you think he has improved Uganda? Do you know how many people he’s either murdered, tortured or killed?
How dare do you compare such a fool vampire to Chakwera? Not even the Mutharikas come close.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Congratulating Museveni for what?

Mpakateni
1 month ago

For what indeed? Is there anything Malawi can gain from Uganda or Museveni’s administration?

Chindunguza Nyekhwe
Chindunguza Nyekhwe
1 month ago

Don’t congratulate mu7. He didn’t win, he is a fool clinging to power and committing more atrocities to take him to ICC in the Hague after “office.” The guy is a disgrace to Africa. And where is AU? If I may ask. Useless club of spent elderly people defending each other. But the is running out, take heed.

Mavuto
Mavuto
1 month ago

This president is western puppet, who always wants to lick their imperialist boots.

For all his weaknesses, general museveni has improved Uganda and his country one of better performing economies in Africa maybe top 5 or 10. They have stable electricity and economic growth averages 6% or above. Museveni is better than chakwera in every category of leadership

Last edited 1 month ago by Mavuto
CHIKABUDULA
CHIKABUDULA
1 month ago
Reply to  Mavuto

How can you compare Chakwera who has ruled for SEVEN MONTHS to Museveni who has ruled for THIRTY SIX YEARS?
Isn’t that disproportionate?

Fotu
Fotu
1 month ago
Reply to  Mavuto

Inudi ndi mavuto… case closed

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

I sure hope Laz doesn’t send a secret congratulatory message to this idiot in Kampala.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

I second. the old cow is selfish. koma mulungu akati auze anthu mwa njila ina – nde zaonekazi- japie n botoman style. Museven caught pant down. microphone UBC sanaizimitse poulutsa ma vote. iye yoweli anazimitsitsa air media koma zaoneka poulutsa pocita briadcast. jaji kubalalika pochula ma numbers. African presdents. ena ndi awa akungosuzumila ngati ali ku ncembo. kukanika kutuluka. Am happy the Americans have kicked out the IDIOT out of the office anthu aone zina ee. ci bomb anali naco cija camuphulikila. athuwaso paja mpaka anati azatilodza. hammayo cimunthu cosayamika. anabwera pa business class on our air ticket money 1st… Read more »

Pungwatu
Pungwatu
1 month ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

Joseph true son of America and not hyena wapita uja upusa.

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