Malawi new president Chakwera vows to fight corruption: ‘I will serve with holy fear’

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera, a Pentecostal pastor-turned-politician,  who was sworn in on Sunday in the capital Lilongwe  after winning the first opposition victory in a court-sanctioned fresh elections  has vowed to fight corruption as  the country struggles against joblessness and a flagging economy.

President Chakwera: There will be no tolerance in wasting any money

Chakwera  said he wants to provide leadership that makes everybody prosper, that deals decisively with corruption and theft of public funds and a leadership that will follow the rule of law..

“So I pledge to run Malawi well,” said Chakwera vowing to  clamp down on graft, saying  “for that is the surest path to Tsogolo Labwino, a path that has long been in ruins, riddled with the potholes of greed and corruption.”.

He added: “ In making this pledge, I am accepting this call to serve you with joy and holy fear, for I am duty bound to God and all of you to give it my best.”

Chakwera was sworn in a day after trouncing Peter Mutharika in a court-ordered election rerun, and also pledged to unite the deeply divided nation  and fight poverty.

“I know that there are many of you who did not vote for me in this election, and perhaps the prospect of my presidency fills you with fear and grief,” Chakwera said “This new Malawi is a home for you too and so long as I am its president, it will be a home in which you too will prosper.”

Waxing lyrical to his maided presidential speech, Chakwera said in his powerful American accent :”Of what use is freedom from oppression if you and I are slaves to starvation? Or freedom from colonialism if you are a slave to tribalism?

“Time has come for us to go beyond dreaming, time has come for us to wake up, to arise from slumber, and to make our dreams come true,” Chakwera said.

He continued: “With your help we will restore faith in having a government that serves; not a government that rules, a government that inspires, not a government that infuriates, a government that listens, not a government that shouts but a government that fights for you and not against you.”

The Supreme Court of Appeal last month upheld the Constitutional Court’s annulment of a flawed May 2019 vote that handed Mutharika a second five-year term and sparked a wave of political violence.

Chakwera, who was declared runner-up in that vote, then enlisted Saulos Chilima, the nation’s popular vice president who finished third, as his running mate and united the two main opposition parties’ support bases.

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Malawi belong to the citizens
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Corruption should end from top to bottom,not from bottom to the top.K577 billions cash gate tiziwe imwe adaba makobidi aboma.Dpp government yinangowa khalira ma file a cash gate,atulutseni.

mchisala
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mchisala

The surest way to minimize corrupt dealings is to do away with hand-outs programmes because they provide plenty opportunities (and to many) for corruptly converting public resources into personal resources!!!! And start with the budget you will shortly be presenting!!!!

China
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China

Chonde Mr president and vice president start with ogwila m’boma ma field opanda pake just to get an allowance some they don’t even go but amagawana ndalama. Auditors are corrupt moyipa chonde thesani idzi Malawi ayenda bwino

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

Corruption fight should start ku Capitol hill. Everyone there is surviving on stolen money. Messengers live in houses whose rental far exceed the 64000 they receive in salaries. Their bosses are even worse. They have build houses not supported by their salaries

Destroyer of liars
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My plea to Chakwera and Chilima is please,please , please don’t take advice from Joyce Banda. The lady does not take advice from anyone. She try to make sure that Chakwera and Chilima fail the way she did. When she was president she closed her ears only to open them after that embarrassing loss. She is , by any account, a very bad advisor.

Tsanana
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Tsanana

Tibweze ngongile ya Mia ndi Kato

NYEKHWE NO. 1
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Timati “KHATO” osati: “Kato”. Kato ndi wa business yama Minibus ku Mzuzu.
Kikikiki

Lumbani
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Lumbani

Osayiwalanso zagaff

Websterb
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Websterb

If it is Holy fear, then get JB and her son’s. Masangwe and many others together with the DPP. If you don’t then leave God’s name out of this and just do what Malawians have chosen you to do and ask God to help you behind closed doors. We definitely are praying for you to succeed because when you do, we too succeed

Chebiti9
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Chebiti9

Bwino nazo zoti arrest Joyce banda. Why did APM not arrest her all this time? Ask yourself

Lumbani
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Lumbani

Paja mphwiyo akulowa. Timva zambiri.

Zeze
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Zeze

Chakwera should start with arresting Joyce Banda.

Mwana wa Malawi
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Mwana wa Malawi

Why JB, she was a very small fish who was dragged in the cash gate which was started by late bingu who stole over 1B USD. His brother peter was even more rotten and he looted over USD 2.5B over 6 years. MF peter is the biggest thief n must be arrested asap. How on presidents salaries can one build a huge mansion at mangochi. Confiscate all peters properties as well as ndata farm.all these have been built with stolen monies from the govt coffers.

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

tisaiwaleso yopititsa miyala ku CANADA NDI AUSTRALIA MA TONS AND TONS KOKYEZA. FUSANI PITALA BROTHER WAKE ALI KU AUSTRALIA PAJA NTHAWI IJAYO AMAMUFUNA ABWELE ADZALOWE UFUMU OTILAMULILA.
YAMBILI INAPITA KU CANADA ( DZALANYAMA FOREST) JUST LIKE THE SAME TEAM ARE SELLING SPECIAL FISHES TO UK FOR AQUARIUM AND MAKING MONEY.

FUFUZANI MA FILE AKE ALIPO KU MINISTRY OF FORESTRY OSAINILAYO!!!

Kaitano Kagalu
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Kaitano Kagalu

New Malawi is possible!

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

ndalama zathu zili mommunotu. .you wonder what type of administration it is like loan ya ma millions tax free accumulated wealth ya ma ministers athu mchacha made a millionaire in 6 months nyumba zomwe zili ndi ma ministers athu plus chuma chosawelengeka chimulilenji kodi ma million angati within 3 months inali welcome package??? ben botolo atiuze ya ku ma Embassy nayeso amangozungulila cifukwa amadya pompo. akaitulutsa imangozizila nkhani imeneyi. amwenye ambili ali mbali ya blue providing free materials to pitala and his team for malo and passports. Please confiscate any doggy deals wealth tipangile za tsogolo. masanje a dpp sanapse.… Read more »

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