President Mutharika calls for joint effort in rebuilding Malawi

Malawi’s newly elected Head of State t Professor Peter Mutharika Saturday morning after being sworn in at the Malawi court in the commercial capital Blantyre alongside with his vice president Saulos Chilima said he shall work towards fulfilling people’s expectations and uniting the country.

This came few hours after declared a winner of the May 20 disputed polls.

In his brief address to the nation after being sworn in President Mutharika said his main task will be to unite Malawians who he said are currently divided over the long protracted wrangle over electoral issues.

President Mutharika waves  at supporters
President Mutharika waves at supporters

He said Malawi has many problems which will require collective efforts to deal with.

“I would want to invite all those who competed with me to help in rebuilding the country,” said President Mutharika.

“It’s obvious we have been facing serious problems in this country that no single person can do it. This country is almost on the verge of collapse. Many sectors have stopped functioning for obvious reasons that I don’t want to go into. But with your help and God’s help we will be able to do it,” he said.

Mutharika is expected to make his inaugural speech on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Meanwhile UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is urging all parties to continue to call for calm among their supporters, exercise restraint in the spirit of the Lilongwe Peace Declaration of 10 May, and respect the Constitutional provisions.

Moon says in a statement that he has been following closely the electoral process in Malawi and has taken note of the developments in the past few weeks, including the announcement of results on 30 May by the Malawi Electoral Commission.

“The Secretary-General calls on all candidates, political parties and their supporters to pursue any complaints or disputes arising from the electoral process through the existing legal mechanisms”.

He reiterates his call on political leaders to urge their supporters to work together to consolidate democracy and maintain stability in Malawi.

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