Sokole Sokole! Chakwera inaugurated as Malawi leader: ‘Work hard, no freebies and rewarding noisemakers, hand clappers’

President Lazarus Chakwera on Monday was inaugurated as the 6th President of Malawi and new Commander-in-Chief of Malawi Defence Force, ushering in a “new dawn of government accountability.”

Army Commander Peter Namathanga presents the Sword of Command to President Lazarus Chakwera
President Chakwera is now officially Commander in Chief of Malawi Defence Force

In a scaled down ceremony in line with coronavirus (Covid-19) social distancing restrictions at Kamuzu Barracks in the capital Lilongwe, that capped a remarkable rise to power, Chakwera presented himself as the leader of a populist uprising to restore lost greatness.

He was presented with a sword-of-command by  Malawi army commander General Peter Namathanga to be  officially Commander in Chief.

Chakwera also received his first 21-gun salute and inspected a guard of honour mounted the soldiers who later did their ‘Sokole Sokole’  soldiers culture to bid farewell to their Commander in Chief  after historic event.

In his a forceful inaugural address, Chakwera said  as he seeks to be at his  best, he will also challenge all Malawians  to be at their  best.

“I will challenge the leadership of the judiciary to do more to root out the culture of corruption and selective justice that has shipwrecked too many of our lowest courts,” said Chakwera.

“ I will challenge those who sit in Parliament to act professionally, put away childish ways, and repeal and replace the bad laws that remain on our books,” he said.

The President and Commander-in-Chief continued: “ I will challenge civil society organization to maintain a culture of robust protest, not just against governance institutions, but against any entity that is on the wrong side of justice.”

Chakwera said he will also challenge the country’s development partners to respect his administration’s  vision and plans and to partner with government “ in ways that respect our dignity and sovereignty, not ways that undermine it.”

The charismatic Malawi leader  said he will challenge all citizens to “work hard, work hard, work hard, work hard, and work hard. “

He said: “The time of giving free handouts and rewarding noisemakers and hand clappers who are too lazy to work is past. We have a country to build and not a moment to waste. So, let’s all get to work.”

Chakwera  inherits a country deeply divided, politically, regionally and ethnically. With an economy not much better than it was at independence in 1964, with poverty deeply entrenched, with a government steeped in corruption. And with a Covid-19 pandemic spreading.

He  defeated  immediate past president Peter Mutharika by around 59% to 40% in the 23 June election which was a rerun ordered by the courts of the elections held in May 2019. Mutharika won that election but then Malawi’s Constitutional Court annulled it in February 2020 because of extensive vote rigging.

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Mwini muzi
7 months ago

MCP 1966 vs MCP 2020
Extracts of inaugural speeches
Kamuzu Banda:” Freedom does not mean mana from heaven. Work hard in fields hu! hu! hu!”

Lazarus Chanwera:” No freebies. Work hard! work hard! work hard!”
Compare and contrast 20 marks.

Peter
Peter
7 months ago

Because of extensive vote rigging? Which court were you listening to?

Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
7 months ago

New brooms sweeping well!

Flamingo
Flamingo
7 months ago

Muyike lamulo loletsa ma handouts during campaign nkufuna ndikayimire u mp ine

Muthalirenji
Muthalirenji
7 months ago

On 17th April 2013 a fierce debate erupted here on Nyasatimes under a heading “MAN OF GOD” CHAKWERA IRRITATING WITH AMERICAN ACCENT with many describing it as “phoney”.
Listening keenly to his speech today I indeed felt his accent is not befitting his status as president and will corrupt a lot of youngones.
When I hear youngones copying Chakwera’s slang like “itsanana” for it’s an honour, “natata” for not at all, “nanavasi” for none of us surely many will fail English proficiency test.
Please rise up Mr President speak the Malawian Chewalised English it will be a honour to us!

M Cheka Chilenje
M Cheka Chilenje
7 months ago

DPP supporters were mistakening APM’s docility with resilience. Have u seen how a President speaks you rats.

Dausi
7 months ago

Uja amakana kuti anali caretaker president uja akumva bwanji?
I think he has come to terms with the song ‘mumumva kuwawa eeeeh’.
May he rest in peace. +

Lozani
Lozani
7 months ago

No more Cadet Culture. Let them go sell ziboliboli. We need hard working youth.

Allan LS in Mzansi
Allan LS in Mzansi
7 months ago

Man of God, thanks for telling it the way it is. We have too many lazy people who want to do nothing but except a harvest. There is no such.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Thanks Tonse alliance government, work hard, work hard, work hard, work hard and work hard. I love that.

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