Mutharika congratulates ‘mature’ Mnangagwa on election win: Zimbabwe president-elect hails ‘new beginning’

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has congratulated his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election as President following elections which were held  last Monday.

Chamisa: All they did was to bastardize the results

Supporters celebrate after Mnangagwa is declared the winner in Zimbabwe’s landmark election.

“Through the elections, Zimbabweans have demonstrated their will to entrench demorcay and good governance in Zimbabwe and in the region,” said Mutharika in a statement issued by his  spokesman Mgeme Kalilani on Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s electoral commission declared Mnangagwa the winner with 50.8 percent of the vote — avoiding a run-off by the narrowest of margins.

Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party got 44.3 percent of the vote, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said.

In his statement made available to Nyasa Times, Mutharika said in giving governance manadate to President Mnangagwa, “the people of Zimbabwe have shown that they have confidence in the maturity and experience of His Excellency President [Emmerson] Mnangagwa to lead them towards achieveing greater economic prosperity for all Zimbabweans.”

Known as “the crocodile” for his political cunning and longevity, the 75-year-old has tried to rebrand the ruling Zanu-PF party, pledging to heal divisions and rebuild the country.

President Mutharika stated that Malawi is therefore “proud” to have a democratic Zimbabwe and President Mnangagwa as allies in the region as key members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“The government and the people of Malawi look forward to further strengthening  the ties between the two countries as President Mnangagwa  assumes his term of office,” Mutharika said in the statement.

Mnangagwa said after being declared winner of the close presidential racethat he was “humbled” to have won, hailing it as a “new beginning” after the ousting of autocrat Robert Mugabe.

“Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe,” he said in a Twitter message.

“Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams. This is a new beginning,” the message added.

“Let us join hands, in peace, unity & love, & together build a new Zimbabwe for all!”

Meanwhile, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has said his party would challenge the results of the presidential election, labeling them “fraudulent and illegal.”

Chamisa, who at 40 is the country’s youngest presidential candidate, said his party was working “around the clock with a legal team” to put together a plan of action following the results, but he did not give any details.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the current SADC chairperson,  called on all parties to accept the election results and “follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law.”

On Wednesday, six people died following clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital as opposition supporters alleged vote rigging following the release of partial parliamentary election results.

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ndele
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ndele

eni ake anti nazo duuu. kujijilika ce mlambawa ,kkkkkk

Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

Mnangagwa anaba zingati??? Naye anabweza???

moving on
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moving on

At least Mnangwagwa did not steal 145m from tax payers that we know of

Welensiki
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Welensiki

Ine kudabwa akutumiza ma congratulations. Kuno kuHarare kuli duuuuuuu! Nobody is even celebrating aMutharika muziti ‘mature’ Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa he’s literally stolen the election from Nelson Chamisa the courts will soon confirm that. Nde a word of advice Mpandamano Mutharika, Malawi is not Zimbabwe. Trying stealing the election like he has done muwone umo atakusendeleni aMalawi. You are forewarned!

BigMan
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BigMan

APM, you are no crocodile. Just an old man.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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Mutharika is a hypocrite because in the first place he didn’t want Mnangagwa to take over as President when Mugabe was removed because of his ties with the dictator and hence having no Malawi representation when the crocodile was sworn in as President. Now what is he saying? Anyway, let it be as long as Zimbabwe and Malawi are different. Malawi got independence from before Zimbabwe and also Malawi embraced multi-partyism before Zimbabwe. Therefore, my prediction is that whether mature or immature, Malawi will have a president of less than 50 years of age next year, beating Zimbabwe because Malawians… Read more »

Tizanka
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Tizanka

How could he support a coup?

Munthalika
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Munthalika

Mnangagwa is popularly known as Crocodile in Zimbabwe. He masterminded the genocide against Ndebeles during Mugabes time. I’m not s surprised nepotistic Mutharika idolises him

Huwee
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Huwee

Blind can you not see that the tide now is on religious discrimination-Catholic-Catholic-Catholic everybody Catholic check the Executive Committee of UTM

Babajonayi
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Babajonayi

Congratulations are in order. İn every race there are supporters from both sides and one winner. Both the ruling and the opposition sides had their own supporters and voters. in every system there are flaws. While I take time to congratulate Nelson Chamisa for the gallant campaign he fought, let me also take this opportunity to encourage him to accept the outcome of this election. The chap, at 40 has a great future. He is an inspiring to us youths. The MDC has to work out in their shortcomings. You can’t just rely on urban vote. Coming back home, let’s… Read more »

mark
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mark

KKKKK.. I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND….. ASK UNG’ONO UNG’ONO OR HONORABLE GWENGWE…THE BATTLE IN MALAWI IS BETWEEN MCP AND DPP

Thitherward
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Thitherward

It is strange how old politicians become unable to recognize that ‘mature’ is not a synonym for ‘decrepit’, ‘ enfeebled’, or ‘geriatric’. These people in their ‘declining years’ are ‘past their prime’ and ‘over the hill’, and they would be aware of this if they were merely ‘mature’.

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