US voices optimism for Malawi: Chakwera provides opportunity for reform, says Human Rights Watch

The United States  (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday  voiced optimism for Malawi whose new President  Lazarus Chakwera, has vowed to root out corruption after winning a re-run election.

Chakwera:  He was elected president of Malawi after a rare do-over election 

Pompeo noted that it was the first time that a candidate from an opposing party has won in Africa after an earlier election was invalidated over fraud.

“Truly a historic opportunity for the people of that country,” Pompeo told reporters.

Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the people of Malawi! This election demonstrates the strength of your institutions and your commitment to democracy.”

Malawi went to the polls in May 2019, with incumbent Peter Mutharika declared the winner, but Chakwera, a former evangelical preacher, and vice president Saulos Chilima alleged irregularities.

The country’s top court agreed, ordering a fresh election last week in which Chakwera won almost 59 percent of the vote and his running mate Chilima maintains to stay as the country’s second-in-command.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch, has said, Chakwera, should use his electoral victory as an opportunity to reset the country’s human rights record.

“President Chakwera should place respect for human rights and rule of law at the center of his new administration,” said Dewa Mavhinga, southern Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The new president needs to put into action his own words that his victory at the polls is a victory for democracy and justice.”

Chakwera said in his inauguration speech that his victory “will fulfill the dream of a new Malawi that will be for everyone.”

Human Rights Watch said  his administration should act to ensure that the rights of all, particularly marginalized communities, are fully respected.

Malawi faces a wide array of human rights challenges, including rising economic inequalities, poverty and recurrent food insecurity.

Since 2014, at least 150 crimes have been reported against people with albinism, including killings, abductions, grave exhumations, and threats.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US aid agency that works with countries based on their records on good governance and human rights, had already told Malawi in December that it was eligible for a new deal.

The group in 2018 completed a $350 million compact with Malawi that focused on developing electricity.

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Khima
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Khima

“that country” just shows he doesnt even know we exist..Chakwera must brace himself for Minority rights..apapa akatere ayamba…

Kelvin
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Kelvin

Marginalized community like GAYS,,??? You should be ashamed being an African and advocating for such barbaric and satanic acts..

Nyamalikiti
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Nyamalikiti

Chakwera should prioritise rebuilding the offices and roads his supporters damaged during demos.

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

office ina ndi ija anaocha JOJI CHAPONDA. THE MAIZEGATE CULPRIT.
JOJIYO AIKHOZE. ZAUSILU SITIKUFUNA IFE

Bwenkha
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The good thing is that Chakwera is a man of God he won’t entertain GAY RIGHTS.

Muhariwa
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Muhariwa

Chakwera can be praised in one way or another but he has forgotten that many thieves in the government and private sectors are educated salvages who hold many fake papers and by calling up their Cvs is total waste of time. Find another way apart from the above. SIMUNGATHE KULIMBANA NDI ALHOMWE AMENE ALI NDI HIGH POSITIONS.

Wiseup
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Wiseup

Nkhani ndiyoti anthu oyenera should be employed osati kukatenga abale anu kumudzi kumawapatsa ntchito at the expense of other Malawians. Onse asakidwa and achotsedwa. You are saying alhomwe ali ndi high positions satheka. If they are innocent no one will be on their necks koma na ngati anasolora Malawi will be on their necks and achoka. Tayambapo kale ku Reserve Bank. Muti bwaaa? We are coming after you.

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

afwanthulidwa zambili zili mma laptop yomwe ambili mabwana dont know how to use. they ask their secretaries to create an emaill for them .so you know they can retrieve all your shot bcoz they got their password.

kkkkkkkkkk woyeeeerr

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

This is nolonger malawi for all as these idiots prommised duru=ing elections.Agufa nayo yafertilizer and we need to march for deos agaist the new twist of universal fertilizer subsidy.Amangofuna kulowa mboma si awa tawaona kale kusanache ayamba ma tricks.Ife timadziwa kuti awawa angonamiza a Malawi

The Judge
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The Judge

Inu paja Singapore inatheka? chimutu

kakhuta
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kakhuta

Ndiye Mutharika ati we are the laughing stock of the world for overturning the flawed 2019 presidential election. He should shut his mouth and sit down.

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

MALAWI NEW POLITICS IS NOW ON AN INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES. IT’S LIKE WOOOOW. TORCH BEARERS OF ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT’ THEY CAN TURN THE PAGE’ FORWARD

Michael Berry
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Michael Berry

That is NOT at all how “the world sees it” Quote the opposite in fact, we are delighted.

Alice
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Amaterotu azungu, amakusyani muyambane Kaye,, mukakhazikitsa boma latsopano,, amayambano kubweretsa ma condition awo opusa. Mmalo moti panono atipatse ndarama zambiri zoti katangale athe,, ayamba kubweretsa ma condition, exactly what is happening in Zim. Sakufuna Africa iyime pay okha anthu amanewa. Please Mr president, just bring in a few commercial farmers in our country. We shall be well.

The Sniper
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The Sniper

Hold on! Human Rights Watch, What have you just said? Oh don’t push our President to accept same sex marriages,in Malawi we are fine with the way how we live.
They way you are coming with your tactics will not work in Malawi. We have been crying to God the whole year, and God has answered our Prayer, now you are here telling the World that Chakwera must do what? hell no! No same sex marriages in my Malawi my friend, don’t dare push us that direction you will die with coronavirus next week.

Czar
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Czar

Exactly these devil’s 😈 advocates should leave our country alone. We are good with our traditions. They labelled polygamy not good but homosexuality as a human right thing. They are very dirty. Dr Laz Chakwera should not bow to such mediocre minds.

By-stander
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By-stander

Dear Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. So you’ve been following the unfolding events here in Malawi, eti? Good for you! But I don’t think your unhinged, incoherent and dumb idiot of a president called Donald Trump even knows that there’s a country called Malawi. Anyway, I understand that you’ll be having elections this November in the States. I would, therefore, like to invite you to come to Malawi to learn from Dr Chakwera how to win a clean elections. Trump is just like our Mutharika: tribalism (read racism); nepotism; cronyism; discrimination; dictatorial tendencies; and of course, stupidity. Trump’s foul-mouthed rhetoric… Read more »

Rafiki
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Rafiki

True dat

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