Chakwera upbeat fresh elections will usher in new era for Malawi

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera who leads the nine-party Tonse Alliance has said he is optimistic that the court-sanctioned fresh presidential elections set on Tuesday June 23  will usher in a new era for the country.


Chakwera  is the main challenger of President Peter Mutharika  who is seeking re-election in the historic elections.

“It is the people’s hope that this country will be turned around and face a new direction as we build the new Malawi, a Malawi that everybody can enjoy and everybody can have what they need because they have been empowered to become a productive nation,” he said in quotes reported by Deutsche Welle a German international broadcaster.

Malawi is struggling to fight poverty and corruption. It ranks 123 out of 189 on the Corruption Perceptions Index and 172 on the Human Development Index which analyzes inequality.

Chakwera said what is needed is a new style of leadership.

“Malawi is an impoverished nation. But it’s not a poor nation. … We need leadership which serves people rather than expects people to look up to them to be served,” he said.

The 65-year-old runner-up in last year’s annulled election had also finished second in the 2014 polls. His party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1964 until 1994, mostly under a one-party system and dictatorship.

In a bid to maximise his chances of unseating the incumbent, Chakwera has joined forces with estranged vice-president Saulos Chilima, Mutharika’s former vice president who quit the DPP in 2018 to form UTM Party and run for the presidency.

Chakwera  was ending his campaign at Masintha ground in the capital Lilongwe, one of the nine Central Region districts where MCP commands its greatest support.

About 6.8 million Malawians registered to vote in the election which the High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court on February 3 ordered to be held within 150 days after it nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election due to what it described as “widespread irregularities”.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ruling after President Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)appealed to the higher court.

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8 months ago

Is Mr Covid Chakwera alive? Where is he having the last rally?

Ntumbuka Ine
8 months ago
Reply to  Psyuta

Kodi yam’bandula ex-reverend Lezala Nyolonyo?

Dpp anamanga pamwala
Dpp anamanga pamwala
8 months ago

How can mcp be new era? The same old black cock party of death and darkness cannot be new era.

8 months ago

You are against Malawians having cheap fertilizer and Malawians taking home K100,000 tax free. You need to look at yourself and see if you are indeed human. What’s in DPP? Tell me?

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago
Reply to  Njoka

@ njoka, let me take you through to see what the good DPP is already doing: [email protected],000 already in supply, improved economy without donor support, building of more schools no one could have imagined, building of more community colleges no one could have imagined, building of teachers training colleges, continuing with road construction such as the dual carriages including the modern area 18 round about, 5 star hotels…….. the list of what has been done is just too long. Directly to the people: tukula pakhomo cash transfer, the elderly pension fund, free education and bursary etc. DPP Woyeeeeeeee!

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
8 months ago

Because crooks like Dausi and Ntaba have gone to DPP, the party of corruption. The only party that is killing people in a democratic dispensation. Njauju of ACB was killed by DPP. That Polytechnic student activist by the name Chasowa was also murdered by DPP. Their running mate aka UDF killed Matafale, Faniliso Phiri and Kalonga Stambuli to name but a few

8 months ago

Congratulations to President Chakwera for winning a free and fair elections and for putting the interests of all Malawians first. You have a big job to end nepotism, tribalism and corruption. We will do our very best to assist you build a better Malawi for all.

8 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

well said everyone has to play their part as one man can not do it all……the key word is ‘WE’

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